American Mixed Breed Obedience Registration
UKC obedience, UKC agility and NADAC agility rankings have been updated.
We are looking for a newsletter editor for Highlights starting with the spring issue. If you are interested please send us an e-mail. Kelly is doing the winter issue and you could work with her on that one to get a feel for how it's done. Let us know if you have any interest or any questions about it.
Due to unforeseen circumstances Kate Cowles and Ray Czubek have stepped down as owners of AMBOR. Heather Sather, Lissie Kaufman and Debra Lazro remain as owners. We are very appreciative of all the time and energy Kate and Ray have put into getting AMBOR up and running again.
The fall issue of Highlights is now available. If you are an AMBOR member and did not receive the e-mail with instructions on how to access the newsletter, please send us an e-mail.
Many of you know the five of us or at least a couple of us from years of showing together and through AMBOR. We are all active in various dog activities., and have been involved with mixed breed dogs for many years.
Our goal is to bring back the best of AMBOR from the past but also to move it forward and make it better for it’s members and a more meaningful organization for the benefit of mixed breed dogs everywhere.
There will be some changes to AMBOR that we feel are necessary but you should certainly recognize the AMBOR that you joined years ago.
Our focus will be on recognizing and acknowledging the accomplishments of mixed breed dogs in any venue, continuing AMBOR’s work to open doors that still may be closed to mixed breed dogs, and to promote responsible ownership of mixed breed dogs.
The first change you will notice is how you join AMBOR. We will no longer charge a one time lifetime fee to register your dog with AMBOR. You will still need to enroll your dog with AMBOR but there will be no cost for this. The reasons for enrolling your dog with us is so:
1.) We can verify your dog has been spayed or neutered.
The second change is that we will be charging annual dues. The dues are based per handler not per dog. The annual dues will be $20 per year. If you have one AMBOR dog your dues are $20 per year. If you have four AMBOR dogs your dues are still just $20 per year. Your dues will entitle you to all the benefits AMBOR offers including tracking of titles/points earned during the year, end of year awards, special awards (i.e. Certificate of Merit), and access to the online version of the AMBOR quarterly newsletter. In addition, for members that still use versa forms to verify legs/titles earned, they will now be available free of charge via our web site. Numbered Obedience score sheets will be available free of charge, upon request.
We are offering Junior Handlers a 50% discount on our dues. So dues for a Junior Handler will be $10 per year. A Junior Handler is defined by an exhibitor who is still 17 or under a of January 1st of the current year. When the Junior Handler turns 18 they are still considered a Junior Handler until December 31st of that year they turned 18.
To make the transition from the past system of the “one time registration fee per dog” to the new “no registration fee to register your dog but annual dues” we are offering all members who still campaign that dog they registered free membership for 2008. Also if you joined AMBOR during the NADAC/AMBOR ownership period, when your dues expire we will offer you free membership with AMBOR for the balance of 2008.
In the future dues will be due by December 1st and that will make you an active member for all of the following year. People that join AMBOR during the year will have that years dues prorated depending on what time of the year they joined.
The other big change is that we will no longer be co-sanctioning Agility trials with NADAC. This decision is based strictly on what we feel are inequities in the co-sanctioning program to a significant number of AMBOR members. By counting points and having rankings based on co-sanctioned trials only, AMBOR members that had NADAC trials, but not co-sanctioned NADAC trials in their area were at a disadvantage with regard to the AMBOR Agility rankings and their accomplishments were not being recognized. In the future we will continue to track and rank all AMBOR dogs who compete in all NADAC trials. Our intent here is to put all AMBOR members who compete in NADAC on a fair and equal playing field. We would like to add here that NADAC is in full agreement with and supports this decision.
We will still offer our quarterly newsletter in a hard copy version but due to the costs of printing and mailing we must charge separately for this. For members who want the hard copy version of AMBOR’s quarterly newsletter , the fee will be $10 per year (4 newsletters).
The hard copy of our newsletter will also be available to non members for $20 per year or $10 for the online version.
Another change is with regard to AMBOR titles. There is a lot of redundancy in the titles AMBOR has given out over the years. For example, if you are an exhibitor who competes in UKC you get a UCD from UKC. In the past you would also get an AMBOR CD. Two certificates for the same three qualifying legs. We will no longer give out redundant title certificates. We will continue to track your scores and titles in all the venues, acknowledge them in our newsletter, and those scores & titles earned will count toward the end of year awards.
To transition this change for 2008, we will upon request, continue to issue AMBOR title certificates for UKC, NADAC, etc titles earned. You can request them by sending us the documentation (photocopy of NADAC or UKC title certificate, or printout of your NADAC point history).
In 2009 duplicate titling will cease.
For all titles that are earned that do not receive certificates from a registry like UKC, ASCA, etc., AMBOR will issue certificates. An example of this would be someone who earns their CD via fun matches or someone who earns a Tracking title under an AKC Judge and uses our versa forms for verification.
In addition we will offer special certificates unique to AMBOR such as the Certificate of Merit & titles such as the UDX and AMBOR OTCh. We are also considering several other “unique to AMBOR” certificates such as a versatility title.
One last word on titles. If you are competing with your AMBOR dog in any recognized event we want to know about it. Earn a Dock Diving title? Let us know and we will publish it in the newsletter. We want to recognize all that AMBOR dogs are doing.
AMBOR will be issuing end of year awards for 2007. These should be announced in April/May of 2008.
For 2008 we will again be issuing all the awards that AMBOR has in the past.
Since we are new stewards of AMBOR and as you can see from what we’ve described here, 2008 is a year of transition for AMBOR. What we've described here is what you can expect from us in 2008. We feel we've addressed all the significant changes that we felt necessary for AMBOR to have a stable future. We may have further changes for 2009 if we are able to make AMBOR a better organization We will be seeking your input on various issues during the year. I highly recommend you join the AMBOR Yahoo message board. It is “our” message board. There is no cost to join You can ask to join the AMBOR Yahoo message board at:
Our goal is for AMBOR to have a secure future , for it to be responsive to the needs of it’s members, and for it to continue to be the voice of the mixed breed dog community.
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AMBOR, P.O. Box 223, Anoka, MN 55303