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Regional Specialy Show Guide - part 5

SWEEPSTAKES

Sweepstakes at our specialties have proven to be popular. They allow another exposure for our puppies and also for veterans. It is not required that a club offer. these classes, but if you do, you must follow AKC rules and the classes are to be divided as follows: 


Puppy, 6 months and under 9 months ......................................... both sexes 
Puppy, 9 months and under 12 months ........................................both sexes 
Junior, 12 months and under 18 months ......................................both sexes 
OR 
Junior, 12 months and under 15 months ......................................both sexes 
Junior, 15 months and under 18 months ......................................both sexes 


Veteran, 7 years and under 8 years ..............................................both sexes 
Veteran, 8 years and under 9 years ..............................................both sexes 
Veteran, 9 years and over. ...........................................................both sexes 
OR 
Veteran, 7 years and under 9 years ..............................................both sexes 
Veteran, 9 years and older ............................................................both sexes 


Approval to hold Sweepstakes must be received from the NCA and AKC. If you have the 12 to 18 month class, you must use the word "sweepstakes," not "puppy sweepstakes" because the AKC does not consider a 12-18 month old as a "puppy." It is a 'junior." The judge chooses Best in Sweepstakes and Best of Opposite Sex from the winners of the six classes or eight classes. 
The AKC stipulates that all dogs entered in the puppy sweepstakes must be entered in a regular breed or obedience class. Entrants in veteran sweepstakes need not be entered in the regular classes. Veterans competing in sweepstakes only may be spayed or neutered. Puppies or juniors who are champions of record may compete in sweepstakes at the option of the host club. No restrictions may be imposed on whom may handle entries in sweeps competitions. 


PRIZES 


The division of money can be set by the club. However, the AKC stipulates that no more than 35% of the entry money may be retained for expenses. 

The NCA recommends the following division: 35% retained for expenses 
The remaining 65% to be divided as follows: 

  • 40% for first place 

  • 30% for second place 

  • 20% for third place 

  • 10% for fourth place 

An alternative option for the Veteran Sweeps is to select only one winner in each class with no further placements. The winners then compete for Best Veteran Dog and Best Veteran Bitch. The division of prize monies would have to be revised. An alternative breakdown would be as follows: 
35% retained by the host club for expenses 5% to each class winner 
The remaining monies divided equally between Best Veteran in Sweeps and Best of Opposite Sex to Best Veteran. 
Even when the show-giving club retains the maximum amount for expenses, it is possible to lose money on this event. Set your entry fee for Sweepstakes high enough so this will not happen. It is customary to award a trophy for Best in Sweepstakes and Best of Opposite Sex in Sweepstakes. Ring favors are not given for sweepstakes, for these dogs will get them in the regular classes. 
Any individual approved by the AKC may judge this competition. A Newfoundland fancier or breeder who is well versed in our breed may be approved by the AKC to judge for this show only. The Judges Education Committee has a list of "breed experts" that may be utilized in selecting a judge. Professional handlers who are experienced with our breed can be considered, as well as experienced breeders from other breeds similar to the Newfoundland. The NCA requires any potential sweepstakes judge to read and sign a statement concerning his (or any member of his household) exhibiting at this specialty. The statement follows: 
"I understand that in accepting this judging assignment that neither I nor any person residing in the same household with me shall exhibit or act as agent or handler in the regular competition of the show, and dogs owned wholly or in part by me or any member of my household shall be ineligible to be entered in the regular competition at such show." 
Copies of this signed statement and assignment acceptance form for each sweeps judge hired must be forwarded to the Specialty Coordinator with the Specialty Application. 


 

 

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