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Slam Payout with No Cast Winners
Posted on 04/09/2014 in The Coonhound Advisor.

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Slam Payout with No Cast Winners
Q: The club had a UKC Slam Event where no casts came in with plus points. How is the prize money distributed?

A: UKC Slam Events pay out 55 percent of the entry fees to its winners. First, each cast winner who had a total score of plus points receives its entry fee back. The remaining prize monies are paid out to the four highest-scoring cast winners who, with a majority vote, may opt to split it equally. Or they may hunt it off in a one-hour hunt where the winner will take 40 percent, second 30 percent, third 20 percent and fourth 10 percent. If there are less than four dogs who had a total score of plus points a breakdown form found in the Hunt Packet breaks down any such scenarios.

It is never an option for the club to retain any portion of the prize money, even when they had no cast winners with plus points. When the club has no plus point cast winners, they should simply pay out that 55 percent equally to the owner of each dog that was entered in the event.

Example: Using the scenario of 16 dogs entered, at $30 per entry fee, results in a payout of $264. That amount is divided by 16, resulting in a payout of $16.50 to the owner of each dog that was entered. Ironically, the payout to each dog would always result in $16.50 each regardless of the amount of dogs entered. In a $20 entry fee event it would be slightly less obviously or, in either case, just better than half or 55% of the fee they paid to enter.

Entering a Dog on Puppy Papers as Conditional

Q: Is it acceptable to enter a dog not yet permanently registered (puppy papers only) as a Conditional Entry?

A: A dog must be permanently registered before it may be entered in any UKC Licensed Event. Entry takers may never know that a dog being entered as Conditional is or isn’t permanently registered. That’s okay. They don’t need to know. That responsibility lies with the individual entering the dog. A dog entered as Conditional, but not yet permanently registered on the day of the event, is considered an ineligible entry. Any placements it may have earned at the event are not awarded.

Puppy papers are merely an application for the owner to permanently register the dog. If you’ve ever noticed, at the very top of your puppy papers it states: Application for Permanent Registration. When a Litter Owner registers a litter of pups, he/she receives the exact amount of papers for each male and female in the litter. Although each puppy paper application has a UKC number on it, the owner randomly assigns one of those papers to each pup. The owner of that pup then marks the correct coloring, gives the pup a name, etc., and sends it in to be permanently registered. At that time the dog has an identity and record at UKC and may participate in UKC Licensed Events (must be six months of age to participate in Bench Shows). Otherwise, UKC would not have verification of which dog in the litter is being entered if dog’s not permanently registered (puppy papers) were allowed to enter in Licensed Events.

Dogs Purchased From Barred Individuals

Q: May a new owner who purchased a dog from a barred or suspended individual enter that dog in UKC Licensed Event prior to the dog being transferred into the new owner’s name?

A: One of the basic rules for barred or suspended individuals is that dogs registered to them may not be entered in any UKC Licensed Events. Until/unless such a dog is registered to another individual, it may not be entered in any event. That means the dog must be transferred to the new owner before it is registered to anyone else other than the barred individual. They are considered ineligible entries in any UKC event until registered to an individual who is not barred.

Time Frame Allotted for Handler to Sign Scorecard at Clubhouse

Q: Rule 13 now allows a handler who failed to sign the scorecard in the woods to sign it at the clubhouse in view of the Master of Hounds or Hunt Director. The question is, what time frame is allowed in which the handler may sign at the clubhouse?

A: Great question. A handler shall be given the opportunity to sign the scorecard until; whichever of the following two items comes first:

1. The deadline to return all scorecards.

2. Immediately following the return of all scorecards.

This is a very simple and hunter-friendly time frame that makes good sense. Strict entry and scorecard return deadlines were put in place to allow officials to proceed forward at a certain time. This policy subscribes to that same theory. It makes sense to give the handler the opportunity until the point when the official is ready to move forward with filling out the event result paperwork. It makes no good sense to have a 3 a.m. deadline and give the handler until then when all the scorecards had been returned by 2 a.m.

So at the time of whichever of the two items comes first, any handlers who have not yet signed their scorecard will result in their dog being scratched at that time. Finally, officials should not be subjected to the responsibility of contacting any such handler that may have left the club grounds for whatever reason.