The purpose of the Futurity Stake is to encourage the breeding of the best possible Dalmatian and to reward the breeders for their efforts. For this reason, the Stakes are weight-ed in favor of the breeder, who is the one that chooses the sire, nominates the bitch before whelping, raises the litter, and often even pays the entry fees for the individual puppies as well. However, recognition must also be given to the sire of the litter for his genetic contribution, and to the role of the owners of the individual Dalmatian in developing it to its greatest inherited potential. The quality of the individual animal will be the result of the combined efforts of these three. The division of the Stakes is designed to reflect this.
The Futurity Stake shall be held in conjunction with each Dalmatian Club of America specialty. Should the DCA Specialty not be held within the time limits applying to the Futurity Rules, the Board of Governors shall decide the disposition of the monies accrued toward the Futurity Stake.
THE FUTURITY STAKE IS OPEN TO BREEDERS WHO ARE ACTIVE MEMBERS, IN GOOD STANDING OF THE DALMATIAN CLUB OF AMERICA.
The Futurity Stake is entered by nominating the litter. The get from this litter are eligible to compete in the first annual Futurity Stake held on or after the date they reach six months of age, and only in this stake. The bitch whose litter is nominated must be owned (or leased) in whole or in part by a DCA member. Thus, if a bitch is co-owned or leased by two people, at least one of them must he a DCA member. This requirement does not apply to the owners of the puppies from the nominated litter. To receive monetary awards from this Futurity Stake, the owner of the sire of a nominated litter must also be a DCA member.
The nomination of the bitch's litter must be made after she is bred, but BEFORE THE WHELPING DATE. The nomination of each individual puppy must be made after it is whelped, but BEFORE IT IS FOUR MONTHS OLD.
The nomination for the litter must be accompanied by a fee of $10. The nomination for the puppy, or puppies, must be accompanied by a fee of $10 for each one.
PROCEDURE FOR NOMINATING LITTERS
Any active DCA member in good standing may nominate a litter for the Futurity. The nomination must be made on an official Futurity entry form, which can be obtained by writing to the Futurity Chairman. Said litter nomination must be made PRIOR to the whelping of the litter. The determination date for timely nominations shall be the post mark off the envelope, which must be dated no later than midnight the day prior to the whelping of the litter. The bitch must be owned or leased, in whole, or in part, by the active member. The breeder shall be sup-plied with a confirmation of nomination of the litter. A form shall be provided to the breeder for the purpose of notifying the Futurity Chairman of the whelping date, number and sex division in the litter nominated. This form must be returned within one month of the whelping date.
The nomination of a litter qualifies any of the litter for the entry in the Futurity Stake, regardless of the ownership of the individual puppy when entered or shown. All nominations must be made BEFORE the puppy to be shown in the Futurity reaches FOUR MONTHS of age. The determining date of the nomination shall be postmark on the envelope containing the nomination. This postmark must be dated no later than midnight the day prior to the day the PUPPY reaches the age of four months. If the breeder wishes to nominate all puppies in the litter individually, this may be done at any time after the day the litter is whelped but before it is four months old. In such cases, fees for all puppies in the litter must be paid, and at the same time the Futurity Chairman must be supplied with the following information:
1. Whelping date
2. Sex and color of each puppy, and
3. AKC number if received
If neither the AKC litter, nor the individual registration number, has been received by the breeder at the time each puppy nomination is made, this information must be forwarded to the Futurity Chairman immediately upon receipt. If ownership changes after individual puppy nomination is made, the Futurity Chairman must be provided with correct information regarding:
1. Name of puppy,
2. Registration number,
4. Sex and
5. New owner's name and address.
If this information has not been received by the Futurity Chairman at least one month prior to the date of the Futurity, the Dalmatian in question shall be disqualified. The same rule shall apply to the change of a Dalmatian's name if such occurs at time of registration.
The Dalmatian MUST be entered in one of the regular classes at the DCA Specialty show. When completing the entry form for the DCA Specialty, the fact that the Dalmatian is to be shown in the Futurity MUST BE INDICATED AS AN EXTRA CLASS in the appropriate space provided on the entry form. The entry fee for the Futurity class is an additional fee. This fee should be included with the regular entry fee for the class at the Specialty.
No Dalmatian will be eligible to compete in the Futurity which does not meet the following requirements:
1. Be from a litter which was properly and timely nominated.
2. Have been individually nominated before it reached the age of four months, and
3. Be properly entered in one of the regular classes of the DCA Specialty.
Persons who are not a member of the DCA who wish to nominate litters for the Futurity may submit an application for membership with the nomination form for the litter's nomination. In the event that the application for membership is accepted by the DCA, the nomination will be dated as valid according to the date received. If the application for DCA membership is not accepted, the deposit for dues will be refunded and the nomination of the litter will be null and void. The nomination fee will also be refunded. THIS IS THE ONLY CASE WHERE THE NOMINATION FEE WILL BE REFUNDED. The Board of Governors of the DCA shall decide any dispute that should arise pursuant to this Futurity Stake at its earliest convenience.
LAPSING OF DUES
Any member who, having nominated a litter, fails to remain an active member in good standing with the DCA, by lapsing of dues or by suspension or expulsion, and has not been rein-stated 30 days prior to the Futurity shall lose all rights in the Futurity. Dalmatians nominated by the lapsed or suspended individual but transferred to the ownership of another individual PRIOR to said lapse of dues, suspension or expulsion may be shown as eligible. Monetary awards will be made in such instances ONLY to the owner of the individual Dalmatian and/or owner of the sire pursuant to Futurity prize rules.