HOLDING AKC EVENTS"
In order to hold AKC licensed coonhound events your club must be AKC licensed. To learn more on how a club becomes AKC licensed please go to Club Information.
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- A club must complete the Event Application and Disaster/Emergency Plan. It gets returned to the AKC with an application fee of $25. The club may hold a nite hunt, a bench show, a field trail, and a water race, all for that single fee. After your club's event application is processed the club will receive written confirmation that the event has been approved. Should your event not be approved a letter of explanation and request for you to contact us will be mailed."
- AKC licensed clubs work on a corresponding date calendar. Corresponding dates are dates organized by assigned week numbers which correspond from year to year. Once a club requests a date and their event is approved then that date becomes their corresponding date or week number. This will roll over from year to year automatically unless a club changes their date or cancels their event. AKC will not hold event dates from year to year. Follow this example by viewing the corresponding date table: We know that if Club A wants their date to be on Friday, October 14th in 2005, this would fall on week # 41. This club will always have week #41 and we can see years in advance where that date falls. In 2006 this club's date would be October 13th. This calendar is a tool for clubs to see where their events fall and what we have on file in advance. This is especially helpful when leap year is a factor. Notice the date of week #41 in 2004, Club A's date is Oct 8th!
- AKC will list APPROVED hunts in American Cooner Magazine.
The listing indicates whether hunts are money hunts (M), trophy hunts (T) or poor boy hunts (PB), and Gold Medal (GM). Poor boy hunts offer no awards. Charts will be provided to instruct the club how to distribute monetary awards to the cast winners.
Owners may present complete copies of their UKC or PKC pedigrees to the entry taker at AKC Licensed events along with the completed AKC registration form. "YOU MUST MAKE SURE THE COPY OF THE PEDIGREE IS LEGIBLE AND WAS COPIED IN ITS ENTIRETY. SHOULD A PORTION BE MISSING IT WILL DELAY YOUR REGISTRATION PAPERS. The dog is permitted to register and participate at the same event.
HOW THE HUNTS WORK
The club combines all the dogs, regardless of titles held, into the hunt draw. Some will be working toward Nite Champion, others toward Grand Nite Champion, yet others toward Supreme Grand Nite Champion. The cast winner will accomplish a win toward whichever title he is trying to achieve. Plus points are required for credit toward the titles but if a money hunt is advertised, money should be paid to all cast winners, regardless of score. We will capture monetary earnings but they have no bearing on the titles. AKC will provide charts to assist the clubs in paying the cast winners of money hunts.
The official hunt report form that comes to AKC will contain information for each of the cast-winning dogs. There is no first, second, third place, etc. required to earn the title. However, should the club wish to offer a special high-scoring dog award or whatever, thats strictly up to the club.
A registered dog wins five casts and earns the Nite Champion title. Five more cast wins and the Grand Nite Champion is assured, and five more moves the dog into the Supreme Grand Nite Champion title. This system provides more competition for the hound and handler and assures stronger entries at the clubs as dogs continue their pursuit of titles with AKC. It also levels the playing field. No more worrying about other casts hunting on better grounds, with more coon,,etc. All you have to do is beat the two or three dogs that you draw, hunting on the same ground. That's it!
Cast wins are will be recorded in state, breed, and national standings. A national run off event called The Hunt for the All-American Cup is held at the end of each competition year. Consisting of a run-off of the Top 16 hounds of the year from each state, breed, youth, and black Gold Gold Medal race. The purse could reach several thousands of dollars. Cast wins won at local clubs, state, or certain national events will all count the same. This will allow everyone, regardless of time or financial restraints to participate in the national competition and to reap huge amounts of media recognition. All cast wins will count in the national competition, whether one-hour hunts at the local club, at a club in the next county or state, or in a state or breed championship. All cast wins count.
Everyone that registers a coonhound with AKC may call directly into the Coonhound Events department of AKC by dialing the toll free Coonhound Help Line where Steve Fielder, Caroline Kelly Murphy, Patricia Conaway, or Tonta Romano will handle your call. The toll free number is 1-888-4-DOG-HUNT (888-436-4486). If necessary, we'll transfer your call to a professional outside our department that will address your specific needs. We want your coonhound business at AKC and you can expect excellent, personal service at the new AKC.
Were extremely proud of the AKC Coonhound Events Management Team of Steve Fielder, Jason Cooper, David McKee, Caroline Kelly Murphy, Jimmy Phillips and Patricia Conaway, in addition to all the professionals, numbering some 400 individuals strong that are waiting to serve you at the world's largest registry - AKC. We look forward to serving you.