As part of the AKC’s continuous effort to evaluate and improve the AKC National Owner-Handled Series (NOHS) based on feedback from exhibitors, clubs, superintendents, and AKC Executive Field Representatives, the AKC Board of Directors has approved a number of changes to the NOHS effective April 1, 2017. A significant change is the conversion of the current NOHS Best Practices & Policies to NOHS Regulations. Regulations have an advantage of enforceability which will provide consistency and clarity in the execution of the competition.

Additional modifications to the program were made to provide more structure to the NOHS judging panel requirements. The judging panel changes are:

  1. Require a different judge to be assigned to the same NOHS group for each day of a weekend/cluster/circuit.
  2. Require a different judge be assigned to the regular and NOHS group/BIS at the same event.
  3. Judges will not be approved to judge a breed and, at the same show, the NOHS Variety Group of which the breed is a part and NOHS Best in Show.
  4. Single individuals cannot judge all the NOHS groups at an event.
  5. A judge must be approved for at least one breed in the group to judge the NOHS Group unless they are approved for at least 1 full group, in which case they may judge any NOHS Group.

With the adoption of the above; fewer judging conflicts will occur at the Group level, and the issue of pre-judging dogs has been eliminated as an individual cannot judge the same regular & NOHS Group at the same event. It is our expectation that their execution will greatly reduce exhibitor frustration on the day of the event by minimizing judging conflicts between the regular and NOHS Groups.

Currently, it is recommended that NOHS Groups be scheduled to start at least 30 minutes prior to the regular to minimize any opportunity for conflicts. If that scheduling does not meet the needs of the club’s event, an alternative recommendation that is available to clubs at their discretion is to schedule the NOHS Group/BIS judging to occur immediately following the completion of the regular Group/BIS judging [in the same order].

However, even with the best schedule, circumstances on the day can lead to conflicts for exhibitors that have been awarded both NOHS and regular Best of Breed/Variety. AKC Board Policy states “judging of a special attraction must not interfere with the orderly conduct of regular or group judging at the event. Best in Show judging may not be delayed more than 15 minutes for a Special Attraction judging.” Accordingly, when exhibitor conflicts occur, clubs should delay the judging of NOHS Groups in order to alleviate a conflict for an exhibitor that needs to be in both the regular & NOHS Group. The remaining NOHS Groups can then follow the alternative recommendation listed above to complete the day.



2017 Top Fifteen National Owner Handled Series

Qualifying Period: October 13, 2016 through October 11, 2017

*** For Events Processed Through:   July 31, 2017

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2016 Top ten National Owner handled Series

Qualifying Period: October 08, 2015 through October 12, 2016

Rank  Dog Name  Owner Name Sex OHS
No. 1 GCH CH Banstock N Highpoint’s Ours Yours And Mine RN CGC Jessica Davis Dog 755  
No. 2 GCHB CH Capella’s We R Who We R V Legends Stacey Marino/Cindy Dengler Bitch 625  
No. 3 GCHB CH Gaffle’s Mot Juste Herme’s Ms. Kathy Kocher Bitch 390  
No. 4 GCHB CH T-Boldt’s To Protect And Serve Sherry Boldt/Terry R Boldt Dog 385  
No. 5 GCH CH Breezy Hill’s Master Chief CGC Jim Whitescarver/Marilyn Whitescarver Dog 330  
No. 6 CH Bru Town N Xtreme’s Didn’T C Me Coming Cheryl Brubaker/Timothy Brubaker Dog 255  
No. 7 GCH CH Knatchbulls 5th Avenue Marquee Andrea Malatestinic Dog 230  
No. 8 GCH CH Kandoo’s Howard’s Magic Mack Bailey Dog 205  
No. 9 GCHB CH Bo-Beck’s Double Your Pleasure At Ste-Lor RN CGC Lori Baker/Stephen Baker/Becky Martin Bitch 195  
No. 10 GCHS CH Spicestar’s Zeus’s Thunder Charles Hoelter Dog 160  

2015 Top ten National Owner handled Series

Qualifying Period: October 09, 2014 through October 07, 2015

Rank  Dog Name  Owner Name Sex OHS
No. 1 GCHB CH Black River’s Fee Fee Le Caniche De Steroides CGC David Bellamy/Donna M Mullins Bitch 610  
No. 2 GCH CH Banstock N Highpoint’s Ours Yours And Mine RN CGC Jessica Davis Dog 340  
No. 3 GCH CH Xtreme’s N Rodel’s Perfect Blend Cheryl Brubaker/Timothy Brubaker Bitch 310  
No. 4 GCH CH Kandoo’s Howard’s Magic Mack Bailey Dog 260  
No. 5 GCH CH Desert Winds Big Red This Life Is For You CGC Nicole Marie Riesgo/Doug Plemel Dog 240  
No. 6 GCHB CH Capella’s We R Who We R V Legends Stacey Marino/Cindy Dengler Bitch 230  
No. 7 GCHB CH Chato’s Moulin Rouge Dancer Manuel Quintero/Amy Evans Bitch 200  
No. 8 GCHB CH Icon’s Absolute Double Shot Of Kahlua Karen Freeman/E Todd Pierce Bitch 160  
No. 9 GCH CH Bramstoke’s Stand By Me CD BN RA Gail Painter Dog 150  
No. 10 GCHS CH Showgirls Mudgee Jones Ms. Linda Joy Stowe/Mr. Steve Mc Askill Dog 145