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RRCUS Owner Handler Program


To encourage members of RRCUS who are amateur owners to participate as handlers of Rhodesian Ridgeback dogs owned or co-owned by them in Conformation Competition.

To foster Sportsmanship among those showing their dogs.

Note: Points are awarded on a competition basis only. A dog must defeat another dog to earn points. For Example: If a dog has no competition in its class, no points are awarded for First Place. That same dog defeats another dog for Winners. Two points are awarded. Winners Dog defeats Winners bitch for one additional point, plus Best of Breed with no Champions competing therefore, no additional points. The dog does not place in Group. Total for the day is 3 points.


All participating Owner/Handlers must be RRCUS members as of January 1 of the year of participation and must register with the Program Coordinator, who will be selected by the RRCUS Board of Directors.

Registration must be received by February 1 for the year of participation.

Junior Handlers included in a RRCUS family membership are eligible.

Only one dog per show may be exhibited for points by any one person. If an owner exhibits more than one dog of his/her ownership, the dog accumulating the most number of points for the day will be counted.

    1. Ownership and date of ownership is determined by the AKC Registration Certificate. For example, if a dog is shown and the Owner/Handler is NOT listed in the official record, the owner must submit to the Coordinator a copy of the AKC Registration verifying ownership and date of ownership for points to be awarded. It shall be considered unsportsmanlike conduct to solicit co-ownerships in order to increase the number of dogs a participant shows and thereby increase chances to earn owner/handler points. The total number of dogs' owned/co-owned and used for owner/handler competition shall be no more than 4.
    2. The AKC MONTHLY CONFORMATION REPORT is the only official record by which points will be determined.
    3. It is the responsibility of the participant to provide accurate information.
    4. All point submissions must be received by the Coordinator in a timely manner. Points earned each month must be submitted no later than the 15th of the month after the month in which they were earned or they will be forfeited.


Jan. Points due by Feb. 15

Feb. Points due by March 15

March Points due by April 15

April Points due by May 15

May Points due by June 15

June Points due by July 15

July Points due by Aug. 15

Aug. Points due by Sept. 15

Sept. Points due by Oct. 15

Oct. Points due by Nov. 15

Nov. Points due by Dec. 15

Dec. Points due by Jan. 15

Any person who exhibits any dog or has exhibited any dog for any kind of remuneration during the two years prior to registration is not eligible to participate in this program.

All participants in this program, by their registration, agree to the following conditions of participation.

    1. I will not belittle any other exhibitor or their dog at or near ringside or by private email or social media.
    2. I will not dispute, or in any way refute a judges' decision at or near ringside or by private email or social media.
    3. I will assist any other exhibitor in need, if at all possible.
    4. I will congratulate the winners and graciously accept the same when I win.
    5. Any deviation of the above resulting in a complaint will be investigated and could result in forfeiting all points and removal from the competition.

Any participant who wins or has won the Owner/Handler Competition is no longer eligible to participate.

Any previous winner is eligible to compete in what is to be called the Masters' Class of the RRCUS Owner/Handler Competition. There must be a minimum of three participants. All Program Guidelines will apply. There will be recognition for the winner only.

POINT SCHEDULE (Points will be awarded on the following basis)

A. First in Class 1 point
B. Reserve Winners Dog/Bitch 1 add'l point
C. Winners Dog/Bitch 2 add'l points
D. Best of Winners 1 add'l point
E. Best of Breed from classes 5 add'l points if Ch. are defeated
F. Best of Breed-Specials Class only 3 points
G. Best of Opposite Sex from Classes 3 add'l points if Ch. of same sex are defeated
H. Best of Opposite Sex-Specials Class 2 points if Ch. of the same sex are defeated
I. Best of Opposite Sex-Specials Class 1 point if WD/WB are defeated
J. Select (only if a champion of the same sex is defeated) 1 point
K. Group 4 1 add'l point
L. Group 3 2 add'l points
M. Group 2 3 add'l points
N. Group 1 4 add'l points
O. Best in Show from BOB class 35 points total
P. Best in Show from regular classes 40 points total
A. First in Class 10 points
B. Second in Class 8 points
C. Third in Class 6 points
D. Fourth in Class 4 points
E. Reserve Winners Dog/Bitch 5 add'l points
F. Winners Dog/Bitch 5 add'l points
G. Best of Winners 5 add'l points
H. BOS (from regular class) 45 points total
I. BOS (from veteran class) 25 points total
J. BOS (from BOB class) 20 points total
K. BISS (from BOB class) 50 points total
L. BISS (from veteran class) 30 points total
M. Select 15 points
N. Award of Merit 15 points
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