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UKC Top Ten Program News Release
Posted on 10/24/2013 in Coonhounds.

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UNITED KENNEL CLUB, INC. News Release


United Kennel Club Announces Changes to Top Ten Program

The UKC Top Ten Bench Show Program will see a few changes effective for the 2014 season. UKC will now offer two separate Top Ten Programs available to all UKC registered coonhounds. Coonhounds may earn Top Ten points in both UKC Licensed Bench Shows and UKC Licensed Conformation Shows. Points earned in All-Breed conformation shows will be tabulated separately from those earned in bench shows.

The Top Ten Program for UKC Conformation Shows begins on January 1st and runs through December 31st of each year. Those coonhounds in the Top Ten final standings each year are eligible to compete at the Top Ten All-Breed Invitational at the UKC Premier Dog Show. The show is held each year in June in Kalamazoo, Michigan. A Preliminary Round will have all eligible dogs of each breed show against each other, regardless of sex. Each breed winner will move on to a Semifinal Round. A draw determines what breeds are shown against each other in semifinal round classes. The Final Round is a black tie affair consisting of 20 dogs that advanced from the semifinals.

The Top Ten Program for UKC Bench Shows begins on November 1st
and runs through October 31st of each year. Those coonhounds in the Top Ten final standings each year are eligible to compete at the Top Ten Invitational at the UKC Winter Classic. The event is held each year in January in Batesville, Mississippi. A Preliminary Round will have all eligible dogs of each breed show against each other, regardless of sex. Each breed winner will move on to a Final Round where one dog is selected as the Overall Top Ten UKC Bench Show Champion.

In 2014 the Top Ten Invitational Bench Show at the UKC Winter Classic will remain under current rules where one overall winner will be selected to advance to the Top Ten Final Round at Premier. The revised Top Ten Invitational Bench Show at the UKC Winter Classic will take effect in 2015.


The following Top Ten rules will remain in effect for coonhounds participating in UKC Licensed Bench Shows.


UKC« TOP TEN BENCH SHOW PROGRAM POINTS SYSTEM
Revised January 1, 2014

Top Ten points may be earned from November 1 through October 31 each year. The Top Ten dogs of each breed will be eligible for the Top Ten Invitational at the UKC Winter Classic. UKC will tabulate and publish the Top Ten rankings. The rankings will be published in COONHOUND BLOODLINES and on www.ukcdogs.com on a regular basis.

The point system is based on the number of dogs defeated and the number of dogs shown as reported on the Official Bench Show Report. One point will be deducted from the total of dogs shown in the regular classes as the winning dog is included in that total but did not defeat itself.


(1) The winner of the Best Male of Show will be awarded one point for all males defeated in the classes.


(2) The winner of the Best Female of Show will be awarded one point for all females defeated in the classes.


(3) The winner of the Champions of Champion Male category will be awarded three points for all males defeated in the Champion class.


(4) The winner of the Champions of Champion Female category will be awarded three points for all females defeated in the Champion class.


(5) The winner of the Grand Champion Male category will be awarded four points for all males defeated in the Grand Champion class. Two (2) points will be awarded for dogs shown without competition (in the Grand Champion category only).


(6) The winner of the Grand Champion Female category will be awarded four points for all females defeated in the Grand Champion class. Two (2) points will be awarded for dogs shown without competition (in the Grand Champion category only).


The reason for increasing the number of points earned per category is to equalize the points earned over a year. The points carry from category to category. If your dog was a Show Champion at the beginning of the year, and finished to a Grand Show Champion, those points would carry on with the dog as it competed in the Grand Champion class.


Points will not be recorded after a dog has completed the requirements for a particular category (i.e. — Champion or Grand Champion). The dog can continue to show in that category until notified by UKC, but will not earn any additional points.


Points may be withheld if it is determined that: 1) owners refuse to show at the next level after completing championship requirements but before receiving UKC notification; or 2) non-competitive dogs are being entered for the purpose of padding points.


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