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NORCAL GRC 57th Independent Specialty

Conformation, Sweepstakes, Veteran Sweepstakes, Obedience Trial and Rally Trial

Infodog link– For Premium List and Judging Program (when available)
Infodog link for Rally info
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To be held at the Solano County Fairgrounds
900 Fairgrounds Dr, Vallejo
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  • Show chair
  • Obedience and Rally Show Chair
    • Dimity Mueller
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What are the different types of specialties and what is a supported entry?

An Independent Specialty is generally defined as a show event limited to a single breed independent of all-breed shows. An Independent Specialty is just that, it is held independently from any other all-breed show, and the host club is responsible for everything including but not limited to: The date, the location, all costs, hiring judges, etc. An independent can be held prior to, after, or in the middle of a cluster of all-breed shows, but approval and coordination is required with the all-breed shows. That type of coordination can result in some reduced costs to hold an independent specialty.

Designated Specialty: A specialty club may designate the regular breed judging at an all-breed or group show as its specialty show. The specialty clubs must submit an event application for the designated specialty. The specialty club does not submit a judges panel, the judge for the breed is submitted as part of the panel of the host club’s show. The host club must provide permission to the specialty club to hold a designated specialty and that permission must be submitted to the AKC. The specialty club may offer sweepstakes and special attractions as part of their designated specialty. No limit on entries for the designated specialty is required. There is no limit on the number of designated specialties that may be held at a host club’s show.

At a Designated Specialty, Obedience and Rally are all-breed, and are sponsored by the host club.

Supported Entry with Sweepstakes: A specialty club may offer sweepstakes on the same date and at the same site as another show without the club offering regular conformation competition for their breed. Specialty clubs must submit an event application and a judges panel for the sweepstakes. The host club must provide permission to the specialty club to hold the sweepstakes and that permission must be submitted to the AKC.

Supported Entry: A specialty club may support another club by providing prizes and trophies. No application or other notification to the AKC is needed. The club must comply with the AKC rules regarding the prizes and trophies offered and they must be listed properly in the premium list, judging program, and catalog. A specialty club that is not licensed or sanctioned with AKC cannot be listed as supporting an entry. If the specialty club is not licensed or sanctioned with AKC they are limited to being listed in the trophy section of the premium list and the listing is limited to a notation that the club is donating a trophy or prize.

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