PETITION FOR THE SELECTION PROCESS OF CONFORMATION FINALS JUDGES
We, the undersigned, believe that the ASCA Conformation Finals is not a regular conformation event. It is conformation’s most esteemed event because it is Finals. This event is an invitation only event that is held once a year, at the ASCA National Specialty. To be invited, dogs must compete and win multiple Best of Breed and/or Best of Opposite awards, to earn merit points over the course of the specified merit year.
Dogs that qualify should not be denied having the opportunity to compete. No person or committee should be able to thusly disqualify an eligible dog through the judge selection process. Conversely, no judge should be put in the position of having to excuse finals dogs for conflict of interest. The Finals judges for a campaign year should be hired after the campaign year has ended. This is equitable to the judges and the qualifying dogs. No judge who is the owner, co-owner, breeder or co-breeder of a Conformation Finals qualifying dog should be hired as a judge for the Finals event in that qualifying year.
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Kristin Rush #200419, United States5 years ago Comments: -
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Amy Burnette #110355, United States5 years ago Comments: I believe that rules should be change to allow all eligible dogs to complete. When making rule revisions historical events and the rules for other organizations should only be considered when they provide the best practice solutions for our organization. ASCA should always look for solutions within its own programs when considering revisions. When fair and equitable solutions can't be found elsewhere then new and innovative approaches must be developed. I hope that a new set of rules for hiring conformation finals judges will address the concerns expressed here.
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