Futurity Stakes are sponsored by the GPCA in order to encourage breeding the best possible Great Pyrenees accordant to the AKC Standard of perfection. Thus, the stake is weighted towards the breeder. Recognition is also given the owners in whose hands lay the responsibility for developing inherited potentialities. The owner of the sire is also recognized for his dog’s genetic contribution. All fees are payable in US funds.
2. ELIGIBILITY RULES
Prize monies can only be won through competition in stake judging and adherence to the following rules:
- Nominations are to be made either online or through the Futurity Nomination PDF Form;
- Litter must be nominated by GPCA or affiliated club members 1 day before it is whelped;
- Puppy must be nominated by owner before it reaches four months of age or an additional fees will apply;
- Futurity is an additional class at the National Specialty (no points awarded) and entry form must so indicate;
- All information on entry form must be consistent with that which has been supplied on your online form.
- Starting January, 2024, all nominations will be accepted via the online form only.
3. NOMINATION OF A LITTER (See Shop)
(a) Nomination must be by the breeder or a co-breeder who must be a member, in good standing, of the GPCA or an affiliated club at the time of nomination. The nominator, if living, must still be a member of the GPCA or an affiliated club at the time of stake judging. This requirement does not apply to the owner of the sire.
(b) Nomination must be after the breeding, but before the whelping date. The date of nomination shall be determined by the postmark on the envelope containing the nomination (for 2023 ONLY), or determined by the invoice date when nominating online, which must be dated no later than the day prior to the whelping of the litter. (As of 1/1/2024, all nominations will be made via online submission only).
(c) Fee is $6 for each litter nominated. There will be no refunds and no fee may be transferred from one litter to another or from one Great Pyrenees to another.
(d) Nomination of the litter makes each puppy in the litter eligible for individual nomination, regardless of the ownership when entered or shown.
4. NOMINATION OF A PUPPY (See Shop)
(a) Nomination must be by owner, who need not be a member of GPCA or an affiliated club. The breeder can also nominate a puppy.
(b) Nomination must be before the puppy reaches (6) months of age and received no later than one week prior to the close of entries for the Futurity Stake. The date of nomination shall be determined by the postmark on the envelope containing the nomination, or the invoice date if submitted online, which must be dated no later than the day prior to the date the puppy reaches the age of (6) months, and must be received by the Futurity Director at least one week before entries close.
(c) Fee is $6 per puppy for each nomination prior to the puppy being 4 months old on the date of nomination. Post mark or litter invoice date to determine date of nomination. $12 per puppy after puppy is 4 months old and $17 per puppy after puppy is 5 months old. Pups reaching 6 months old prior to being nominated are no longer eligible for nomination. There will be no refunds and no fees may be transferred from one puppy to another.
(d) An entire litter may be individually nominated by paying the fee for each puppy and submitting a completed nomination form or reasonable facsimile for each puppy.
(e) If neither litter registration number nor individual registration number is available at the time of nomination, these must be supplied as soon as available and in no case later than four (4) weeks before stake judging.
(f) Any changes in identifying information, which will be included in the Futurity Stake Catalog, must be received by the Futurity Director at least one week before entries close.
(g) The use of email is acceptable for updating information only. When doing so, the nominator should keep proof of delivery in the form of a copy of the Director’s response should questions arise. The Director will attach any email updates securely to the original form submitted by regular US mail or the invoice from nominating.
5. ENTRY FOR FUTURITY STAKE JUDGING
(a) Great Pyrenees entered for stake judging must also be entered in a regular class at the National Specialty Show or Obedience Trial.
(b) Futurity Stake entry must be indicated on an official AKC entry form in the space provided for “Additional Classes.” An example would be “Futurity Stake (6-9).”
(c) The Futurity Stake must be listed as an additional class. Any entry fee must not exceed $10. Entry fees constitute the Futurity Stake Expense Fund for the hosting club.
(d) Deadline for Nomination of a dog must be one week prior to close of entries.
6. CLASS DIVISIONS
Stake is divided into four age divisions each for dogs and bitches: 6-9, 9-12, 12-15, and 15 plus months of age. The four dog classes will be judged in the above order followed by the four bitch classes. Puppies are eligible only for the first GPCA National Specialty Show held on or after the date they reach six (6) months of age.
7. DIVISION OF FUTURITY STAKE MONIES
(a) Total Nomination Fees (plus non-entered and absentee monies from the previous year).
10% – Futurity Director’s Operating Expense Fund (excess money will be carried over to the next year)
72% – Class Placements (9% per class)
12% – Best in Futurity
6% – Best of Opposite Sex in Futurity
(b) Class Placements
40% – First Place
30% – Second Place
20% – Third Place
10% – Fourth Place
(c) Prizes for Best in Futurity and Best of Opposite in Futurity
50% – Breeder of record
35% – Owner of puppy on date of stake judging
15% – Owner of sire on date dam was bred
(d) The Futurity Director will supply the National Specialty Show Secretary/Superintendent a list of eligible puppies along with all percentage breakdowns one week prior to the close of entries.
(e) The Futurity Director will supply the Futurity Fund Monies and all percentage breakdowns to the hosting club one week prior to the close of entries.
(f) Monies not awarded from non-entered class placements and due to absentees will return to the Futurity Stake Fund for the following year. This money will be given to the GPCA Treasurer at the close of the National Specialty.
(a) Trophies shall be awarded Best in Futurity and Best of Opposite Sex in Futurity. Trophies may be given for other wins at the discretion of the Show Committee.
(b) Rosettes shall be awarded for Best In Futurity and Best of Opposite Sex in Futurity.
(c) Ribbons shall be awarded for the four (4) place winners in each class.
9. GENERAL POLICIES
(a) Entrant’s copies of pertinent correspondence regarding acceptance of nominations, name change, etc. should be available at the time of stake judging; even though the Futurity Director must have all records available at the time of the stake judging.
(b) The Futurity Director may nominate his/her own litter and puppies since the Futurity Director has nothing to do with the entries in Futurity.
(c) All Futurity money collected will be deposited into an account set up by the Futurity Director in the name of the GPCA Futurity Fund and the Director will give a full accounting to the GPCA Board prior to the annual meeting or upon request by the Board. In the event the Director cannot fulfill the money-handling portion of his/her duties, the GPCA Treasurer will handle Director duties with regard to all monies of the Futurity Stake Fund.
(d) The Futurity account shows a $100.00 reserve which the Board agreed can stay in this account for future needs and checking charges.
Board Policies Applying to This Committee
Futurity and Sweepstakes judges at National Specialties:
- must be GPCA members
- must have bred two Great Pyrenees litters.
Adopted in 1979, Rev. to 1990, Rev. 1995, Rev. 1996, Rev. to 2001, Rev. to 2013, Rev. 2014, Rev 2023