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Folks,

Thought it might be an idea to put all the useful info for people new to showing in one place. Maybe get it pinned so it is easy to find.

So if you have links to useful stuff or want to spell it out in plain English put it here. :)

Bear.

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From ANKC regulations.

Classes for Exhibit at a Show

General Classes (6/95)

Name No. Description

Baby Puppy 1 For dogs aged three and under six months.

Minor Puppy 2 For dogs aged six and under nine months.

Puppy 3 For dogs aged six and under twelve months.

Junior 4 For dogs aged nine and under eighteen months.

Intermediate 5 For dogs aged eighteen and under thirty-six months.

Novice 6 For dogs six months of age or over which have not won a First Prize at any Open Parade, Open Show or Championship Show (subject to Member Body Rules). Baby puppy and Local classes excepted. (For the purpose of classifications (6) and (6A) First Prizes won up to and including the day before the date of entry close in a Show only shall be taken into account but such restriction shall not apply in the case of a Special Prize for which more than one win is required).

Graduate 7 For dogs six months of age or over which have not won a Challenge Certificate up to and including the day before the date of entry close.

Limit 8 For dogs over twelve months of age which are not Champions, or have not gained sufficient points to qualify as a Champion up to and including the day before the date of entry close.

State Bred 9 For dogs six months of age or over whelped in the State or Territory in which it is exhibited.

Australian Bred 10 For dogs aged six months or over whelped in Australia. (A State and/or Territory may reserve the right to exclude all, or any, of the recognised Australian Breeds).

Open 11 For dogs aged six months or over and of a breed or variety recognised by the ANKC.

Puppy Neuter 15 For neuter dogs and bitches aged six and under twelve months. (5/01)

Junior Neuter 16 For neuter dogs and bitches aged nine and under eighteen months. (5/01)

Intermediate Neuter 17 For neuter dogs and bitches aged eighteen and under thirty-six months. (5/01)

Open Neuter 18 For neuter dogs and bitches aged six months or over. (5/01)

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Championship Points System (5/99)

The owner of a dog registered with the ANKC which:

(a) wins not fewer than four Challenge Certificates/Best of Breed Certificates

under not fewer than four different Judges at four different exhibitions; and

(10/99)

(b) gains a total of 100 points, of which twenty five (25) of these points are

gained after the age of twelve (12) months; may apply for such dog to be

known as a Champion.

Points shall be allotted for exhibits six (6) months of age and over exhibited in a

General Class as follows:

(a) Challenge Certificate winner – Dogs:

Five (5) points plus one (1) point for each dog of the breed exhibited at the

fixture.

(b) Challenge Certificate winner – Bitches:

Five (5) points plus one (1) point for each bitch of the breed exhibited at the

fixture.

© Best of Breed Certificate winner

Five (5) points plus one (1) point for each dog and bitch of the breed

exhibited at the fixture.

(d) Best In Group winner

Each winner of the recognised seven (7) groups – five (5) points plus one (1)

point for each dog and bitch exhibited in the Group at the fixture.

(e) Best In Show winner

Five (5) points plus one (1) point for each dog and bitch exhibited in the

Show.

The points awarded under (a), (b), ©, (d) and (e) above shall not accumulate and

shall, in no case, exceed twenty-five (25) points at any one Show.

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Come on all you experienced showies. Lets help the newbies by putting stuff in here!

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use more than one form if entering your dog in more than one class ie sweepstakes and breed what ever each State says. Secretaries and cataloguers will love you

dog's registration number and your membership number is printed on the dogs registration certificate. Keep it in a safe place!

Put in a stamped, return addressed envelope when you send your entries in. On the return addressed envelope write what show you are entering. Make sure you open the envelope when it returns to make sure there is not a piece of paper in it announcing a change of judge, or venue or time etc. Make sure you take the enclosed numbers, car passes, catalogue tickets etc with you to the show. Sometimes catalogue is written on the outside in which case you need to take the envelope with you.

If handwriting entry forms make sure you print all details clearly

eta spellink!

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From ANKC regulations.

Classes for Exhibit at a Show

General Classes (6/95)

Name No. Description

Baby Puppy 1 For dogs aged three and under six months.

Minor Puppy 2 For dogs aged six and under nine months.

Puppy 3 For dogs aged six and under twelve months.

Junior 4 For dogs aged nine and under eighteen months.

Intermediate 5 For dogs aged eighteen and under thirty-six months.

Novice 6 For dogs six months of age or over which have not won a First Prize at any Open Parade, Open Show or Championship Show (subject to Member Body Rules). Baby puppy and Local classes excepted. (For the purpose of classifications (6) and (6A) First Prizes won up to and including the day before the date of entry close in a Show only shall be taken into account but such restriction shall not apply in the case of a Special Prize for which more than one win is required).

Graduate 7 For dogs six months of age or over which have not won a Challenge Certificate up to and including the day before the date of entry close.

Limit 8 For dogs over twelve months of age which are not Champions, or have not gained sufficient points to qualify as a Champion up to and including the day before the date of entry close.

State Bred 9 For dogs six months of age or over whelped in the State or Territory in which it is exhibited.

Australian Bred 10 For dogs aged six months or over whelped in Australia. (A State and/or Territory may reserve the right to exclude all, or any, of the recognised Australian Breeds).

Open 11 For dogs aged six months or over and of a breed or variety recognised by the ANKC.

Puppy Neuter 15 For neuter dogs and bitches aged six and under twelve months. (5/01)

Junior Neuter 16 For neuter dogs and bitches aged nine and under eighteen months. (5/01)

Intermediate Neuter 17 For neuter dogs and bitches aged eighteen and under thirty-six months. (5/01)

Open Neuter 18 For neuter dogs and bitches aged six months or over. (5/01)

And don't forget to enter your bitch in the bitch class which has the number followed by 'A'

E.g. 1A or 2A or 3A, etc.

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some more :D

know what your dog is doing at all times, do not stand with friends talking while your dog is at the end of the leash being a pain.

keep in season bitches in your gazebo, umbrella tent etc in a crate. Toilet her well away from the rings. Tell people near you that your bitch is in season so they can also keep their dogs away from yours. Do not saunter around the show with your bitch in tow.

Ask the owners if it is alright to stand at the front of their gazebo trying to catch a bit of shade while waiting to go into the ring.

Be a good sport!

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Finding your ring: The rings will either be labelled with the groups to be judged in that ring, or there will be a ring plan at the Secretary's Office. If you are not sure, ask at the Secretary's Office. You also collect your catalogue if you have ordered one from the Secretary's Office. Sometimes the "office" is a gazebo, but it should still be labelled "Secretary's Tent" or something similar. If not, ask someone to tell you where it is.

At the ring: The steward is the person, usually with a clipboard, organising the dogs in and out of the ring for the judge.

The steward will call your number (which you got on a card with your entry) when assembling dogs to send into the ring for the judge. Make sure you are wearing your number either in an armband on your left arm, or pinned to the front of your shirt with a pin on your left side. Listen for your call and respond, eg, “yes ma’am” or “here” and/or show them your number. If you do not respond when called, the steward will call again. If you do not respond when the steward calls for the third time, you will be called absent. If you are called absent, you cannot show and that decision is final. You will not get a refund.

Be wary of being caught chatting with other exhibitors when you’re just about to go in as you can be distracted and miss your call. You can extricate yourself by saying “great to chat, I have to go now or I’ll miss my call” and walk away.

The steward may also ask your breed to start getting ready as the previous breed judging is winding up. If you have a Pug and hear the steward say “Pugs getting ready please!”, start moving towards the assembly area and let the steward know that you are there, eg, “I have number 73”. If the steward is busy with the judge, wait for them to return to organising the exhibits again before talking to them.

Buy a catalogue when you enter and watch the progress of the judging so that you know when you will be on. Time visits to the loo, getting changed into show gear and preparing your dog so that you won’t be caught out. Be aware that if a couple of exhibitors who have entered a lot of dogs don’t show up on the day, you can find the ring has skipped ahead much quicker than you were expecting. That said, don't hang around the ring entrance unless you are just about to go in or you will be in the way. See if you can find a spot away from the bustle of the ring entrance where you can see what is happening.

Watching will also show you what the judge is doing with the exhibits. For example, he may be running them around the ring once, then asking them to set up in front of or on the table, then asking them to go out and back. Or she may ask the exhibits to go straight in and set up immediately and then do a triangle. If you watch, you will feel more confident about what to do when you go in. The steward will tell you when to enter the ring and start showing your dog.

On your first day, tell the steward that it is your first time. They should let the judge know and help you in the ring. If they don’t, or you are still not clear about what to do, ask the judge. You can always explain that you are new. Depending on how you went, you may have to go back in the ring. Will leave explaining all that for another DOLer (Sway?)

Finally, if possible, ask your breeder or an experienced friend or a generous DOLer to buddy up with you on the day for your first time, so that they can guide you through the processes.

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Contact details for state and territory Canine Councils

The Australian National Kennel Council is the administrative body for pure breed canine affairs in Australia. It does not, however, deal directly with dog exhibitors, breeders or judges. For information pertaining to breeders, clubs or shows, please contact the relevant State or Territory Controlling Body.

Please contact the controlling body in your state:

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

DOGS ACT

PO Box 815

Dickson ACT 2602

Phone: (02) 6241 4404

Fax: (02) 6241 1129

Email: [email protected]

http://www.dogsact.org.au

NEW SOUTH WALES

DOGS NSW

PO Box 632

St Marys NSW 1790

Phone: (02) 9834 3022 or 1300 728 022 (NSW Only)

Fax: (02) 9834 3872

Email: [email protected]

http://www.dogsnsw.org.au/

NORTHERN TERRITORY

DOGS NT

PO Box 37521

Winnellie NT 0821

Phone: (08) 8984 3570

Fax: (08) 8984 3409

Email: [email protected]

www.users.bigpond.com/naca1/

QUEENSLAND

Canine Control Council (Queensland)

PO Box 495

Fortitude Valley Qld 4006

Phone: (07) 3252 2661

Fax: (07) 3252 3864

Email: [email protected]

http://www.cccq.org.au/

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

DOGS SA

PO Box 844

Prospect East SA 5082

Phone: (08) 8349 4797

Fax: (08) 8262 5751

Email: [email protected]

http://www.dogssa.com.au

TASMANIA

Tasmanian Canine Association Inc

The Rothman Building

PO Box 116

Glenorchy Tas 7010

Phone: (03) 6272 9443

Fax: (03) 6273 0844

Email: [email protected]

http://www.tasdogs.com

VICTORIA

DOGS VICTORIA

Locked Bag K9

Cranbourne VIC 3977

Phone: (03)9788 2500

Fax: (03) 9788 2599

Email: [email protected]

http://www.dogsvictoria.org.au/

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

DOGS WEST

PO Box 1404

Canning Vale WA 6970

Phone: (08) 9455 1188

Fax: (08) 9455 1190

Email: [email protected]

http://www.dogswest.com

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If you are second in your class, keep your eye on the judging, the dog which beat you might get the CC and you will have to go back in to the ring for reserve.

Nothing like gossiping with your feet up, and the steward is calling, calling, calling.

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If entering more than one dog on the day or one or more dogs in a 2 day show double check you are wearing the right number, for the right dog, for the right day :cry:

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If you are second in your class, keep your eye on the judging, the dog which beat you might get the CC and you will have to go back in to the ring for reserve.

Nothing like gossiping with your feet up, and the steward is calling, calling, calling.

To add to Jed's point, don't assume that the dog that beat you will never get the CC. You can never tell what a judge will do.

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If entering more than one dog on the day or one or more dogs in a 2 day show double check you are wearing the right number, for the right dog, for the right day :cry:

And if entering more than one dog of the same breed, ensure that you have an extra handler organised if for some reason you should find yourself in the position that more than one of your dogs are required in the ring at one time.

Also, if you are relying upon other people to assist you if you need to change dogs for different classes, genders etc., be sure to leave their leads and exhibit numbers handy so that whoever is helping you is able to do it as expediently as possible.

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If there are other dogs before you, it's a good idea to take notice of what the judge wants them to do, as this will vary from judge to judge... For example some judges like to see you go around first, then stack up for examination. Some judges like to examine the dog first, so take notice of where you need to go. If you are unsure (or you are first in the ring!), ask the steward where you need to go.

It is ALWAYS a good idea to let the steward know it is your first time in the showring.

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Don't forget that you will need an exhibit number holder for your arm, you can buy one from the vendors at the show.

Be careful walking past all dogs in crates, some will lunge and scare the daylites out of your puppy, if puppy has a really bad scare will hate shows for evermore. If you win a challenge (best dog or bitch of your breed) means you have won some points and you need to go and collect your challenge certificate or BOB cert from the office afterwards, don't forget because it can be hard to collect them after that day and you need them when your dog gets to 100 for proof.

Don't forget to put a stamp self addressed envelope in with your show entries. There is a computer program to download your own entry forms its so much easier than writing them out all the time.

eta link for Entry forms Australia

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Show Manager Contact Details do NOT mean 24/7 attention. Show Secretaries/Managers are usually volunteers and have a life.

The affiliate has entered into an agreement by advertising an event. The exhibitor has responsibilities to ensure they have correctly entered into the agreement by completing the entry form correctly.

Show Managers manage shows. They are not your mother. They are not responsible for you finding somewhere to sleep.

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How many classes can be entered on the day?

Example if lm in the puppy class can l enter minor puppy also?

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No, you can only enter one class per dog :)

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This information is helpful, good topic :) I had asked some other questions in another thread in The Show Ring but just noticed this thread so I might keep the questions in here from now on.

Can someone please explain what Sweepstakes are? I've heard people say "He came fourth in Baby Puppy Sweepstakes" or similar, what is this?

Also (thanks to another thread!) I have just worked out all the classes, and what winning them means, etc. When it comes to the Group judging, they have classes again, is that right? So you get Baby Puppy of Group, Puppy of Group, Junior of Group, etc...? Then out of all THOSE winners do they choose an overall Best In Group? Same goes for Best In Show? Or have I got this bit totally wrong... :)

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