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.
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