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Weight Pull Program Announcement
Posted on 12/16/2010 in DED News.

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UKC Weight Pull Community,

The purpose of this announcement is to inform the UKC Weight Pull Community that after careful consideration the UKC Weight Pull program as a whole has been placed on indefinite probation.

Accordingly, the 2011 UKC Weight Pull All Star program and UKC Total Junior Weight Pull program is suspended indefinitely. UKC All Star Weight Pull points and UKC Total Junior Weight Pull points will not be awarded at any UKC Licensed Weight Pull event on or after January 1, 2011. However, the 2010 UKC Weight Pull All Star points earned from January 1, 2010 through December 31, 2010 will still count toward the 2010 UKC Weight Pull All Star Invitational, tentatively scheduled to be held in conjunction with the 2011 Premier, pending any extenuating circumstances.

Throughout the years it has continuously been brought to the United Kennel Club’s attention that there is a great deal of strife in the Weight Pull community. As of late, we have received numerous complaints that are personal or civil issues between UKC Weight Pull participants. While UKC cannot become involved in these matters, we still have to answer and address complaints made to UKC, which can be very time consuming and unproductive.

It has become such an issue that we have felt the need to re-examine the program as a whole, and to try to find the root of these problems, so we can attempt to move the program forward. UKC prides itself on its family-oriented, friendly, educational events, and we are troubled that UKC Weight Pull events are straying further and further away from this philosophy.

It is the opinion of the United Kennel Club that the UKC Weight Pull program has lost the focus on why this program exists. Also, changes and efforts that have been made on part of the United Kennel Club have been met with a disproportionate amount of negativity and disrespect. While UKC appreciates constructive criticism and feedback about events, comments centered on negativity and infighting accomplish nothing except portraying the sport of UKC Weight Pull and everyone involved in a bad light. We hope to see a positive change, and a return to fun, family-oriented, and friendly events.

We hope you can understand the need for this probationary period, and sincerely hope the UKC Weight Pull community is willing to put forth a good faith effort to keep this program alive.

The first review of the probation period will be July 15, 2011, at which time UKC will examine the program and any progress that has been made. Please be aware that if we do not see a sincere change in the environment of this program it could result in the suspension of the UKC Weight Pull program.

This does not preclude the United Kennel Club from suspending the UKC Weight Pull program if a situation arises that warrants such action.

If you have any questions please e-mail the Dog Events Department at dogevents@ukcdogs.com