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April 2015

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RETRIEVER NEWS ■ APRIL 2015 5 June 26, 2013 To: All Clubs Licensed for Retriever Field Trials Subject: Two Changes to the Retriever Field Trial Standard Procedures This is to inform you of two recent changes to the Retriever Field Trial Standard Procedures. The new wording is underlined. These changes become effective August 1, 2013. Definition of an Amateur. This change appears in the Standing Recommendations of the Retriever Advisory Committee, paragraph #3. (Page 36) Amateur Definition: the following definitions and standards should be followed in determining the status of any person to be an Amateur: (a) For purposes of eligibility to judge under Chapter 14, Section 3 of the rules for retriever trials, a person shall be considered an Amateur who during the period of two years preceding the trial in question has not received compensation from the direct training of a dog for hunting, hunting tests or field trials and/or the handling of a dog in the same, and/or the regular and systematic personal instruction of other individuals regarding the above pursuits at any level. Compensation as provided above is defined as money, goods or services to a person or any member of their household. Any person participating in an occasional organized seminar or workshop to improve the training and handling of field trial, hunting test or hunting dogs will be exempt from the above provision as will a person who receives payment for providing educational material (such as books, videos, etc.) to the public on the training and handling of field trial, hunting test or hunting dogs. Use of Layout Blinds. This change appears in Standard Procedure #8, third paragraph. (Page 28) Retired Guns and throwers should be concealed by a blind that provides complete coverage, adequate space, and natural camouflage to conceal the distinctive shape of the blind and in no event shall gunners or throwers be instructed to lay down on the ground in layout blinds or like configurations for hiding purposes. The new wording will appear in the next reprint of the Rules. Please e-mail questions or comments to Fieldtrials@akc.org. Performance Events Department June 26, 2013 To: All Clubs Licensed for Retriever Field Trials Subject: Two Changes to the Retriever Field Trial Standard Procedures This is to inform you of two recent changes to the Retriever Field Trial Standard Procedures. The new wording is underlined. These changes become effective August 1, 2013. Definition of an Amateur. This change appears in the Standing Recommendations of the Retriever Advisory Committee, paragraph #3. (Page 36) Amateur Definition: the following definitions and standards should be followed in determining the status of any person to be an Amateur: (a) For purposes of eligibility to judge under Chapter 14, Section 3 of the rules for retriever trials, a person shall be considered an Amateur who during the period of two years preceding the trial in question has not received compensation from the direct training of a dog for hunting, hunting tests or field trials and/or the handling of a dog in the same, and/or the regular and systematic personal instruction of other individuals regarding the above pursuits at any level. Compensation as provided above is defined as money, goods or services to a person or any member of their household. Any person participating in an occasional organized seminar or workshop to improve the training and handling of field trial, hunting test or hunting dogs will be exempt from the above provision as will a person who receives payment for providing educational material (such as books, videos, etc.) to the public on the training and handling of field trial, hunting test or hunting dogs. Use of Layout Blinds. This change appears in Standard Procedure #8, third paragraph. (Page 28) Retired Guns and throwers should be concealed by a blind that provides complete coverage, adequate space, and natural camouflage to conceal the distinctive shape of the blind and in no event shall gunners or throwers be instructed to lay down on the ground in layout blinds or like configurations for hiding purposes. The new wording will appear in the next reprint of the Rules. Please e-mail questions or comments to Fieldtrials@akc.org. Performance Events Department AKC RULE CHANGE press release March 2015 To: All Clubs Licensed to Hold Retriever Hunting Tests is communication is to inform your club that there have been four changes to the Retriever Hunting Test Regulations. Specifically, clubs that limit the number of entries they will accept in their Master level test: (1) must advertise a date and time when entries will start to be accepted, (2) must establish a "first in – first out" waiting list, and (3) may choose to set aside 15% of the Master level test entries for event workers. A fourth recommendation is to allow the use of shotgun simulators in Retriever Hunting Tests. With the relevant additions/changes underlined, the new Regulation in its entirety is as follows: Chapter 1, Section 3. Making Application. Starting aer paragraph 3. New Paragraph Clubs that limit the number of entries in the Master Hunter Test must advertise an opening date for its Hunting Test. In order for there to be transparency for all participants, the opening date shall be the Wednesday closest to three weeks prior to the first day of the event. e opening time shall be 8:00 pm Central Time. New Paragraph Clubs that limit the number of entries in the Master Hunting Test must establish a waiting list in order that entries that scratch prior to the closing date and time can be replaced. e waiting list shall utilize a "first in – first out" approach. Chapter 1, Section 4. No Special Inducements. A hunt-test giving club shall not accept an entry fee other than that published in its premium list or entry form, or in any way discriminate between entrants. Except a club with a limited entry in Master test may set aside up to 15% of the Master entries for event workers. Remainder of the paragraph remains unchanged. Chapter 3, Section 8. Gunning. Fourth Paragraph. Either shotguns or shotgun simulators may be used. If a shotgun is used, it must be a 20, 16 or 12 gauge shotgun. Gunners firing live ammunition must be 21 years of age or older. Gunners firing popper loads or shotgun simulators must be a minimum of 16 years of age and if less than 21, must have successfully completed a Hunter/Gun Safety course. e three changes regarding the entry process become effective when a club's contracted entry service is prepared to implement them or no later than July 1, 2015. e use of shotgun simulators becomes effective April 1, 2015. e Performance Events Department appreciates the dialog and input it has received from the Retriever Hunting Test Advisory Committee in addressing the issues that led to the development of these changes. is e-mail is being sent to the President and Secretary of all clubs licensed to hold Retriever Hunting Tests. You are encouraged to forward this information to any one that might be interested. General comments can be e-mailed to the AKC at: Huntingtest@akc.org.

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