Dear Open Intermediate Junior Showmanship competitors,
I want to thank you on behalf of PEDIGREE® for your continued support of the PEDIGREE® Junior Showmanship competition. The 2007 World Dog Show in Mexico City, Mexico will be the last year that PEDIGREE® is sponsoring the World Dog Show. The governing body of the World Dog Show, the FCI, has entered into a multi-year sponsorship agreement with one of our competitors.
Unfortunately due to this change in the contractual sponsorship of the World Dog Show, Mars Pet Care USA and the PEDIGREE® Brand can no longer offer the prize of the trip to the World Dog Show for the Open Intermediate class after the 2007 World Dog Show. Therefore, any results for Junior Showmanship classes in 2007 for Open Intermediate or Open Junior are not offered a prize from PEDIGREE®.
I hope that you can understand our position as a company not being able to support non-PEDIGREE® sponsored events. BestJunior.com and I are exploring alternatives for the Open Intermediate as well as the Open Junior classes. The Open Senior Junior Showmanship competition is remaining unchanged.
PEDIGREE National Show & Breeder Services Manager
BestJunior will continue to track the Open Intermediate and Open Junior class competitors and at the end of 2007, the winner of each class will be awarded a special commerative rosette by BestJunior.As explained above, Pedigree is not abandoning the Junior's Program, but current circumstances do not allow Pedigree to send Juniors to a World Dog Show the company is not sponsoring.
Pedigree Junior 2007 Open Senior Competition
*Competition rules revised 2/25/2007
At all AKC licensed All-Breed shows held on Saturday and Sunday only, for the calendar year January thru December 2007, the winner will be given one (1) point for each competitor that he/she defeats, in the Open Senior class, as recorded by the American Kennel Club (AKC). At the end of the year the Open Senior with the most points will be invited to the Pedigree Awards Dinner in New York City during the Westminster 2008 weekend. In addition, the winner of the Open Senior Class will be sent to the 2008 Crufts Dog Show in Birmingham, England. The winner will be allowed one (1) chaperone, who must be a parent or legal guardian, and be approved by Pedigree.
In the year a junior observes a birthday that moves them from Open Intermediate to Open Senior, the rules will be as follows:
The Junior will be moved into the Open Senior class from Open Intermediate (per AKC rules). OPENINTERMEDIATE WINS OR POINTS WILL NOT BE APPLIED TO THEIR RANKING in Open Senior. Thus, the Open Intermediate competes for the Pedigree Best Open Senior Award in the Open Senior class accumulating only Open Senior wins/points.
(OPEN INTERMEDIATE CLASS WINS/POINTS ARE NOT ELIGIBLE)
In the event of a tie in points:
The junior with the most victories (first place wins) will be the winner. Should there be a tie in both points and victories; the junior with the highest amount of Second Place finishes will be the winner. Third and fourth placements will be considered should the tie continue.