July 22-26, 2014 Portland, Oregon…Starts Tuesday, following the weekend Stumptown Show

Owner/Handler Challenge

This is the first time we are offering this event.  It doesn’t give AKC points, but  you get lots of prestige.

Here is a description of how it will work.

HAVANESE CLUB OF AMERICA     Owner Challenge Rules of Participation and Procedures

The Havanese Club of America (HCA) is proud to offer an Owner Challenge event to recognize the Owner Handler. This event is a part of the HCA National Specialty. The event offers all who participate a chance to showcase their Owner Handled Champion Havanese. Using a scale of points, each dog is evaluated according to how closely it conforms to the breed standard. This procedure is not available at any regular AKC show and allows the spectators an opportunity to evaluate the dogs while scoring them at the same time they are being judged. The event is educational and promotes discussions of the standard. It provides spectators with an opportunity to see how individual views can produce a consensus decision.

This event provides special recognition to those Owner Handlers who have shown their dogs to his/her AKC championship. The event provides an incentive for breeders and owners to strive for the accomplishment of having an Owner Handled Champion Havanese.

Eligibility :

  1. Dog must be an AKC Champion of Record finished by the owner of record on or before May 1, 2014.
  2. First 24 entries received for the class by Regonline.
  3. All owners and co-owners of the entrants must be in good standing with the AKC and/or HCA at the time the entries close.
  4. Challenge Committee Chairman and Committee members are not permitted to enter the competition.
  5. All agree to abide by any and all rules as they may become effective through authorization of the Owner Challenge Committee Chairman or National Show Chairman as they concern the participation in the event. Failure to do so may revoke the privilege of future participation, regardless of eligibility.
  6. Trophies, Rosettes, Certificates of Achievement:
    1. Each entered Havanese will receive a Certificate of Achievement.
    2. The winner of the Owner Challenge competition will be announced TBD.
    3. A trophy will be awarded to the owner(s) at that time.

7. Dogs can’t be handled or co-owned by a professional handler (household member or current assistant) at any time during the dog’s show career            working towards the dog’s AKC championship. Professional handlers are defined as any person who belongs or has belonged to a professional handlers’ organization, distributed rate cards, or otherwise advertised or represented themselves as handling dogs for pay.

8. The participants must participate in the dinner on Thursday before the Challenge as well as entered in the Regional Specialty.



1. The stewards and all Owner Challenge Committee members will be required to attend a briefing to be held at least 1/2 hour prior to the event.  (time and place will be posted.) Entrants will only be allowed to compete if the owner attends this briefing.  The purpose of this meeting is:

i.     Checking in with the Owner Challenge Committee

ii.     Receiving an armband

iii.     Receiving the order in which the participants will enter the ring.

iv.    Informing the owner that, in case of an accident, they are responsible for cleaning up after their dog during this event.

v.    All participants will be given instructions regarding when to be ringside, where to wait, and specific ring/judging procedures


  1. Each entrant will be judged/scored by each of the three judges on a separate score sheet for each dog for each judge
  2. Score sheets (attached) will be Havanese Standard specific (AKC approved Havanese Standard).
  3. Each entrant will be scored individually, by each of the judges, towards a maximum score of 100 points (each judge)
  4. After all entrants have been individually scored, all entrants will be brought into the ring together. Each judge will mentally place five of the entrants First through Fifth place and mark a “group” score sheet with his placements 1.1st place will receive 5 bonus points
    1. 2nd place will receive 4 bonus points
    2. 3rd place will receive 3 bonus points
    3. 4th place will receive 2 bonus points
    4. 5th place will receive 1 bonus point
    5. Bonus points will be added to the compiled breed standard score (maximum compiled score available = 105)
    6. Scores will be tallied by the Owner Challenge Chairman, and one other HCA Board or Committee Member
    7. The highest total scoring dog will be designated the winner
    8. In case of a tie for first place the dog with the most combined group points will be designated the winner.


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