Statistics and Eligibility:
A dog may win the Top Twenty Award just once.
If past winners of the GRF Gala/Top Twenty qualify as below they will "not" be allowed to compete in the Top Twenty or People's Choice Award. However, they will be invited back as "Exhibition Only" and the entry fee will be waived.
Qualifying dogs are those ranked in the Top 20 (breed or all-breed) AKC rankings as of December 31, 2016 but did NOT receive an invitation to the 2016 Top 20 competition OR ranked in the Top 20 (breed or all-breed) AKC rankings as of June 30, 2017.
The Top 20 Qualifiers are determined by the AKC's All-Breed and Breed Statistics. The reports are purchased from the AKC by the Gala Committee. When there is a tie(s) within the rankings, the committee will include the next eligible Dog(s).
Any dog that qualified and received an invitation to the 2016 Top Twenty and was unable to attend last year's competition may show as *exhibition only* at this year's competition even if such dog did not qualify in 2017. Dogs that did qualify for 2017 will be eligible to compete as long as they have not previously won the Top Twenty.
To compete in this event, all owners and/or co-owners of finalists must be in good standing with the AKC at the time the invitations are extended AND at the time of the event. All dogs must be eligible at the time of the event to compete in AKC events!
In order to eliminate any possible perception of impropriety, the following prohibitions will apply:
1. A person listed on the slate of judges for the current year's GRCA National Specialty Show, including Sweepstakes may not exhibit or have a dog exhibited in the GRF Top Twenty that is owned or co-owned by that judge. The dog, if qualified, may be shown "exhibition only".
2. No dog that is owned, co-owned, or shown by a member of the GRF Gala Top Twenty committee, the GRF Board, or a member of their family as defined by AKC rules can compete at the Top 20 event. The dog, if qualified, may be shown "exhibition only".
The GRF Top Twenty qualifiers will be sent a GRF Gala invitation to participate in this event. There is an entry fee to be returned with the entry form and other required information accompanying the Top Twenty invitation by the noted deadline on the entry form.
There will be three (3) judges for the GRF Gala Top Twenty event. There will be one judge from each of the following three categories:
Breeder Judge - an established Golden Retriever breeder who has bred Golden Retrievers for at least ten (10) years. The Breeder Judge must not own or co-own either a dog in the GRF Top 20 competition or its sire or its dam.
AKC Multi-Breed Judge - a person approved by AKC to judge Golden Retrievers; not a breeder or owner of Golden Retrievers.
AKC Golden Retriever Breeder approved by AKC to judge Golden Retrievers. This AKC judge must not own or co-own either a dog in the Top Twenty competition or its sire or its dam.
Excluding from judging this event:
1. Any person actively serving on the GRF Gala Committee and/or the GRF Board including family members.
2. Any person who has previously judged a GRF Gala Top Twenty event in any of the three categories In the past seven (7) years.
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