"We would like you to poll the members of your club for the purpose of giving the NRC board your club’s opinion about a recent change made to the by-laws regarding the automatic qualification of previous winners of the National Retriever Championship. The current change automatically qualifies a previous winner for all future National Championships."Well, it's only an informal poll to see if the clubs believe it is worthy of further investigation, so who knows how the matter will be decided.
From the NRC
"This proposal was presented at the 2020 National meeting. By vote, this proposal
passed unanimously. If 5 or more clubs had disagreed, the vote would have failed."
I now know of 4 clubs, possibly 5 that would most likely vote against it.
At least a couple are member clubs and yes it is a poll. They are just requesting a yes or no response to the email.Are they member clubs or affiliated clubs?
The letter was sent to all member clubs. Also, the bold portion within the letter the AKC sent out specifies it is a poll, and the club's reply does not constitute a vote.
I for one believe it cheapens our sport, breaks withWell, it's only an informal poll to see if the clubs believe it is worthy of further investigation, so who knows how the matter will be decided.
On a personal level, I don't see any negative effect on the sport if this policy went on to be adopted as rule.
I don't know how our club will answer the AKC poll, yet -Paul
I really don't think you would see what you described. The people I know who have competed at that level (several, and all finalists multiple times) would NEVER do that.I for one believe it cheapens our sport, breaks with
Tradition, I will hate to see some old dog who should
Not be running walk out and retrieve a bird. Now if
They enter & just pick up a flyer & retired I love ❤ it.
I don't think people would run an old dog that is no longer physically capable, but because of this rule it could happen. If it did I suppose the judges could disqualify the dog for being unfit. Who wants to have to do that at a national or even a weekend trial?I really don't think you would see what you described. The people I know who have competed at that level (several, and all finalists multiple times) would NEVER do that.
No doubt it represents a break with tradition, but how does it "cheapen the sport"? - Paul
Sounds like a rule to meIt is already a rule, is it not?
"In full accordance with the bylaws a proposal was put
forth by the board asking for a vote to consider qualifying former winners of the
championship to be pre-qualified for life to participate in the National. This proposal was presented at the 2020 National meeting. By vote, this proposal passed unanimously."
I suspect the reason for the poll is negative feedback on the rule change.It seems as though the only way to overturn the rule in question is for someone to propose a rule change to strike the rule in it's entirety and force a vote on the rule change.
The Poll in and of itself can not strike the rule.