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AMERICAN BOUVIER des FLANDRES CLUB
THE TOP 20 COMMITTEE:
PURPOSE of the Top 20 Competition:
STATISTICS AND ELIGIBILITY:
If a Previous Top 20 winner is ranked in the current Top 20 Bouvier rankings, that dog is ineligible to compete but may be showcased for exhibition only.
In the event of the death of a Top 20 finalist, they will be recognized. And, the next ranked Bouvier, i.e., #21, will be included for invitation to the event.
A finalist will only be allowed to compete if the owner or agent attends the pre-event briefing held prior to the event (ideally, earlier in the day of the event.
THE UNIQUENESS OF THE EVENT:
THE JUDGES – ELIGIBILITY and SELECTION:
Nomination of Judges:
Selected judges’ names will be kept strictly CONFIDENTIAL until the day of the event. The judges will be required to sign a document that swears them to secrecy. If a judge violates this agreement, they will be disqualified, and the Top 20 Chairperson will secure the judge that had the next highest number of votes. One steward will be selected for each judge by the Top 20 Committee Chairperson.
The Committee will select one individual judge from each of the following categories:
A. HANDLER. A past or present professional handler, with demonstrated credibility in the breed, and has a minimum of 10 years as a professional handler.
B. BREEDER. An established Bouvier des Flandres breeder who has been breeding for a minimum of 10 years, having bred or co-bred at least 5 Champions of Record as published in the AKC Awards and who may or may not be an AKC approved judge for Bouviers.
C. MULTI-BREED AKC APPROVED JUDGE. An AKC approved judge that is approved to judge Bouviers and at least 4 other breeds in any Group.
JUDGING PROCEDURE – SCORING, EVALUATION, RING PROCEDURE:
Score sheets and each dog's total score are tabulated by the Top 20 Committee or a Top 20 Committee member in the following manner:
1. The scores for each dog from each of the three judges score sheets are tabulated, added together, then divided by three to determine the 'Average Final Placement Score'. The dog with the highest Average Placement Score will be declared the winner.
2. Immediately following the completion of judging, the judges' score sheets will be tabulated by the Committee with the winner being announced at the discretion of the Top 20 Committee, within the following time frame – immediately following the Event, at the Awards Banquet, or following the Best of Breed Competition.
3. In the event of a tie in the Average Placement Scores, the winner will be determined using a calculation of the 'Average Overall Impression Score'. If a tie exists between two dogs in the Average Overall Impression Score, there will be two winners.
a. Overall Impression Score. The Judges' first impression of a dog upon entering the ring, prior to the examination, and is based on a 1-10 scale with 10 being the highest score. The judge must look at the dog as a whole and place the dog on his/her scale. The score of a perfect 10 would indicate that the dog is in perfect harmony with the judge's picture of the ideal Bouvier. The Average Overall Impression Score is calculated by averaging the three judges Overall Impression Score of each dog.
b. Dogs will be called in one at a time by armband number, circle the ring once and stop in front of the three judges. Dogs will free stack and then quarter turn to the right three times. The Judges will assign their Overall Impression Score.
c. After the judges have assigned their Overall Impression Score, the handler will be asked to move their dog down and back on the diagonal twice, and then asked to circle the ring completely two times, stopping in front of their assigned station – 1, 2, or 3. Judges will assign their score for gait and movement.
d. Steps a, b, c are repeated for each dog in that grouping of three.
e. With 3 dogs at their respective stations, the judges now begin the individual examination of each dog, rotating until each dog has been evaluated by each judge.
f. The above steps will be repeated for each grouping of three bouviers until all dogs competing have been evaluated. After the last grouping of dogs have been judged and exited the ring, all of the Top 20 competitors and dogs will re-enter the ring, one at a time, making one full circle, and then making a final exit.
g. Handlers will be permitted at this time to rest the dogs backstage for approximately 15 minutes.
h. Handlers and dogs will be called back into the ring individually (name of the dog, owners, breeders, and handler will be announced). They will come to the middle of the ring to accept their rosette, make a half circle of the ring, and end up in a line at the designated end of the ring.
i. The presentation to the winner may be made at this time.
4. While in the ring, a judge’s conversation with their stewards must be confined to questions of procedure.
5. The Top 20 Committee Chairperson, a designated Top 20 Committee Member, an ABdFC Club Officer, or ABdFC Board Member will present the winner with the Winner's Award / Ribbon.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND GUIDELINES
NOTIFICATION and INVITATION for TOP 20 PARTICIPATION:
Emails will be sent to the primary owner of record (as recognized by the AKC) of the Top 20 qualifiers containing the Top 20 RSVP sheet and Instructions for Advertising in the Top 20 Catalog. These are TIME SENSITIVE documents that must be completed accurately, and returned on or before the stated deadline. The owner's failure to meet these deadlines will result in only the dog's name and listed owners appearing in the Top 20 catalog.
RULES OF ETIQUETTE:
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