NEW GREEN STAR SYSTEM FOR
Friday 3rd November 2006 at
the I.K.C. meeting of An Ard Chomhairle in
Dublin, the delegates agreed to a change
the Green Star system which has been in operation since January 1978.
This is the first
major change since the formation of the Irish Kennel Club in 1922. The new
system will come into operation from January
2007 and will be subject to review in 2009.
The current points system will be replaced with a
simple numerical calculation of seven green stars won under seven
different judges. To ensure a smooth transition from old to new, a
conversion will be applied from points already gained under the old
Points won under the old system will be
transferred as follows
1 - 5 points
translates to 1 Green Star
6 11 points
2 Green Stars
12 18 points
translates to 3 Green Stars
19 24 points
translates to 4 Green Stars
25 31 points
translates to 5 Green Stars
32 points or more
translates to 6 Green Stars
Grading will also be introduced at
all Championship shows and only those dogs graded Excellent (or in the
case of puppies
-Very Promising) will be allowed to compete for the
green star. There would be a stipulation that 1 Green Star must be won
after the age of 15 months. Champions will also be eligible to compete
for the green star.
no longer be any enhancement for Group wins.
The title of
Annual Champion in each breed will be awarded to the dog with the highest
number of Green Stars won in the calendar year. In the event of a tie, the
award will be made to the dog with the greater number of Best of Breed
Another change to note is the
decision to implement 10 groups at all Championship shows from June 2007;
these will mirror the F.C.I.
groupings and will see some breeds move from their traditional home,
for example Dalmatians move
into Group 6 along with Beagles and Bassets, and
moving into Group 5 will be
the Pomeranian, Siberian Husky and Samoyed along with
other Nordic and Spitz breeds, the merging of the Toys and remaining
Utility breeds into the Companion Group 9, and
the prospect of the Miniature Schnauzer and the Affenpinscher taking on
the mighty St Bernard in Group 2. Dachshund
will have their own group, Group 4 and the Gundogs will be split into
Groups 7 and 8.
operation since January 1978,
the Original Green Star System
Ireland meant a dog must win forty Green Star points to be awarded the title of
Irish Champion; subject to these wins having included:-
Four wins of five points or more in the breed under four different judges
Three wins of five points or more, together with one win of ten points in
the breed under three different judges or:-
Two wins of five points or more, with one win of ten points in the breed
under three different judges and:-
Two of the Green Stars must be won after the
age of twelve months.
A Green Star (GS) is
a certificate won at an Irish Championship Show; each Green Star is worth
a number of points, calculated on the Green Star Index, ranging from one
to ten, and is determined by the number of dogs and/or bitches actually
exhibited in the breed on the day.
In Tibetan Terriers if five dogs are
exhibited, then the Green Star for Tibetan Terrier dogs will be worth five
points (this is known as a "major" and a dog needs at least four majors to
become a champion. But because there tends to be more bitches exhibited
at shows here, 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.
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 or more present on the day always give a Green Star value
of ten points.
The Best Of Breed always takes the higher number of Green Star points on
offer in the breed on that particular day. For example, if the dog GS was
worth only two points with the bitch GS worth six points; and the dog goes
BOB his GS value jumps from two to six points (the bitch still keeps her
six points despite being beaten for B.O.B.). If on the other hand the
bitch goes B.O.B. then the GS points remain as they were, with the bitch
keeping her six points and the dog keeping just two.
If a dog
is having a 'run' of good wins and the other exhibitors decide that they
are not going to enter their dog just to "have it beaten" thus keeping
the GS points low; by winning B.O.B. the dog can pick up more points.
Likewise if a Tibetan Terrier wins the Utility Group then it takes the
highest number of points awarded to any dog competing in the same group
i.e., the B.O.B. Tibetan Terrier can enter the group with only six GS
points, but when it wins the group the value increases to ten as it has
beaten a Tibetan Spaniel with a GS win of ten points.
A dog may
only use one Group win towards the title of Irish champion but all group
wins during a year can be used to gain the title, Annual Champion. The
title of Annual Champion is awarded annually in each breed to the dog or
bitch which has won the greatest number of Green Star points in its breed
with a minimum of thirty, to be won under not less than three different
it is possible
for a dog or bitch to be annual Champion in the breed, yet not have
achieved the title of Irish Champion; this sometimes happens in breeds
that are numerically small, where dogs can win many Green Stars during a
year, all worth less than five points.
or bitch winning an Annual Championship is entitled to put "AN 20--" after
its registered name. Therefore when you are perusing a catalogue and
notice that a dog has (AN 04) after its name then you know that it was
the top winning dog in its breed under Irish Kennel Club rules in 2004. A
dog winning Annual championship two consecutive years is awarded the title
of Irish Champion. From January 2007 this system will be replaced by
the new system.
Tibetan Terriers Ireland