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Understanding The Green Star System
My brief for this article is to explain to the uninitiated how a dog can achieve the title and honour of becoming Irish Annual Champion for its breed and how this differs from the title of full Irish champion. (As an example, I will use one of my own breeds, the Pembroke). Hopefully this explanation will be easier to understand than a declaration from the European Parliament.
a) Four different wins of five points or more in the breed under four different judges.
b) Two wins of five points or more together with one win of ten points in the breed under three different judges.
c) Three wins of five points or more in the breed together with one group win under four different judges.
Two of the Green Stars must be won after the age of twelve months.
It is worth noting here that Bearded Collies along with the other Collies, Corgis, Pyreneans etc are classified as belonging to a seventh group, the Pastoral Group (the Working Group was split in two a some years ago as it was becoming too large).
This year the IKC have decided that if six Corgi dogs are exhibited, then the Green Star for Corgi dogs will be worth five points (this is known as a "major" and a dog needs at least four majors to become a champion - see above). On the other hand, because there tends to always be more bitches exhibited at shows here, then at the same show there has to be six bitches exhibited for the bitch Green Star to be worth five points. (If only two bitches are exhibited then the GS value drops to one.) If eight bitches are exhibited on the day then the value of the bitch Green Star increases to six points; if seven dogs are exhibited then the value of the Green Star increases to six points. The value of the Green Stars keeps increasing in relation to the number of bitches and dogs exhibited until a maximum of ten Green Star points is reached - thus twelve bitches and above present on the day always give a Green Star value of ten points. Even the St Patrick's Day Show which may draw an entry of twenty odd bitches is still only worth a maximum ten Green Star points.
I know that a lot of English exhibiters will be reading this article and saying to themselves "Gosh it must be dead easy to make up an Irish champion ...only five dogs present to make a major GS and we show in classes of thirty dogs over here. I must nip over to Ireland a few times." But due to the geographical position of some of the Championship Shows in Ireland it is often hard to obtain the necessary "majors" that you require - as many English exhibitors will testify it takes a lot more than the minimum four shows to make up an Irish champion. The Irish system also allows for a little sting in it's tail - if Corgi exhibitors suspect that an exhibitor is a ....cert' to take the GS then they don¹t enter under that judge and thus they deprive the dog or bitch of the precious points to make a major; in this way exhibitors can put an end to corrupt judging as the Show committees in theory should stop offering judging appointments to judges who get low entries.
Best in Breed
Likewise if a Corgi wins the Pastoral Group then it takes the highest number of points awarded to any dog competing in the same group for example, the BOB Corgi can enter the group with only six GS points but when it wins the group its points value increases to ten as it beat a Sheltie with a GS win of ten points. As pointed out above a dog may only use one Group win towards the title of Irish champion but all groups wins during a year can be used in the race for the title, Annual Champion.
Each dog or bitch winning an annual championship is entitled to put "19--" after its registered name. Therefore when you are studying a catalogue at an Irish Championship show and you notice that a dog has (AN 94) after its name then you know that it was the top winning dog in its breed under Irish Kennel Club rules in 1994.
Dogs Worldwide.com - This article has been reproduced courtesy of Marleen Collins
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