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February 2016 ATCA "Happenings"

  • Want to make donations to Airedale health, education, research, PLN study, etc. The ATCA Charitable Trust is a non-profit organization that supports all of the above. Contributions can be made and specified for what area you wish your donation to go to. If you have any questions, please contact Richard Berg, Chair of the ATCA Charitable Trust at raberg1@att.net. Information on the PLN Study can be found on the front page of the website.
  • The Hospitality Committee is busy making plans for Montgomery 2016. The theme will be "Autumn in the Aire". For those of you planning on attending, the Hyatt House host hotel is now taking reservations. The Group Code is G-AD16 and can be made online at www.hyatthouseplymouthmeeting.com or call 610-313-9990. The room rates are as follows: One Bedroom King Suite $152, One Bedroom Suite w/2 Double Beds $152, Two Bedroom/Two Bathroom King Suite $189, Two Bedroom/Two Bathroom Trio Suite $199. The pet fee is $50. The hotel will have undergone a renovation that includes all the rooms and public areas. A new addition will be the "HBar Sip + Savor" which is a full-service bar that also serves made to order food. A good place for us all to socialize!
  • A reminder that The Auction Committee is looking forward to accepting donations of Airedale memorabilia and collectibles for our Friday night auction that is held in conjunction with our Banquet. Your donations are greatly appreciated!
  • The Hunting and Field Committee will again be supporting an Airedale Terrier booth at Pheasant Forever's National Pheasant Fest in Kansas City, MO February 19, 20, and 21, 2016. The event will begin Friday the 19th as Airedale Terriers lead all 30+ of the represented dog breeds into the Kansas City Convention Center during the Bird Dog Parade. Nearly 30,000 people are expected during the of this three day celebration of upland bird hunting.
  • From the ATCA Obedience Committee: AKC has announced the top 3 Airedales invited to attend the AKC National Obedience Championship held March 2016 in Tulsa, OK. They are, OTCH Brisline's Plum Perfect Xanadu UDX4 OGM GN RA AX OAJ owned by Suzanne Tharpe, Eclipse It's About Time UDX OM2 RA TD owned by Alice Peterson, CH Plum Perfect's Blues Legend UDX3 OM5 BN owned by Suzanne Tharpe. The Westminster Kennel Club announces, new this year, 2016, they will expand their activities in New York City with the addition of The Masters Obedience Championship at Westminster, an invitation-only competition. It will mark the first time that obedience competition has been held as part of Westminster. Invitations were sent to the top 150 dogs based on OTCH points earned between January 1, 2015 and October 31, 2015. One Airedale Terrier, OTCH Brisline's Plum Perfect Xanadu UDX4 OGM GN RA AX OAJ, Livi, owned by Suzanne Tharpe, and bred by Suzanne and Georgia McRae, received an invitation.
  • The Westminster Kennel Club will hold their 140th Annual Dog Show on February 15-16, 2016 at Madison Square Garden in NY.
  • Information on videos of MCKC 2015 is available on the front page of the website.
  • Agility Information from AKC: The AKC Agility Department is excited to announce the launch of a new, beginning level agility program called ACT (Agility Course Test). The ACT program officially launches on March 1, 2016. This program is designed to introduce beginning dogs and handlers to the sport of agility. There are two classes - ACT 1 and ACT2. Clubs and trainers can adopt the ACT classes as the graduation exercise for their training classes to be held at their facility thus providing their students a familiar and comfortable setting. The ring size requirements are small enough that ACT classes can be held in many training facilities across the country. In addition to preparing for these introductory classes, exhibitors will learn to do things such as to enter an AKC event, check-in at the ring, prepare for their run, and handle their dog while under judgment. We hope that clubs and trainers will use these classes as learning experiences. There are several elements of the ACT program that are different from AKC Agility Trials.

    • Eligibility to enter: This program is for dogs that do not have an AKC Agility title at the Novice level or higher. Dogs may enter ACT2 without having an ACT1 title. Dogs that are not registered/listed with the AKC may participate and their performance will be recorded under a temporary recording number. Owners will receive a letter from the AKC explaining how they can register their dogs. Application to be listed as a Canine Partner may be accepted at the test and submitted with the results.

    • Judges/Evaluators: All AKC agility judges may judge the ACT classes. In addition we will be setting up a system for trainers and experienced participants to become ACT evaluators. Evaluators may judge ACT classes. There will be an application, online test and nominal fee to become an evaluator. More information about becoming an ACT evaluator will be available within the next couple of weeks.

    • Holding ACT events: Any AKC agility judge/ACT evaluator may hold a stand-alone ACT event. The event does not have to be held by an AKC licensed club. AKC agility clubs may hold ACT events in conjunction with their trials if they desire.

    • Jump Heights: No jump height card is required to enter an ACT class. Handlers are encouraged to have their dogs jump at the appropriate height that will help them prepare for AKC Agility trials.

    • Event Applications: Clubs or judges/evaluators do not need to file an application for ACT events; there will be no application fee. A $5.00 per entry recording fee for all dogs entered will be submitted with the results.

    • Courses: Evaluators and judges will need to submit their courses for review; however, courses may be reused, which we encourage for ease of administration.

    • Titles: Dogs must receive two passing scores to earn each of the ACT titles. Dogs are required to be fully registered/listed in order to be awarded a title.

    There will be an ACT page on the AKC website where forms and information can be accessed. We have also set up a mailbox for the ACT program act@akc.org. ACT related questions can be sent to this mailbox. Please see the regulations and other information as it becomes available on the ACT web page that can be accessed through the Agility Home Page. We are looking forward to working with clubs, trainers and evaluators to introduce new exhibitors to the sport of agility.

If you have any questions or comments on the above, please contact S. VanOver at svairedale@aol.com.

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