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    DefaultFront and Finish ratings discontinued

    From the Front and Finish website:

    Ratings To Be Discontinued


    We regret to inform the fancy that we have decided to discontinue our rating system program as part of our reorganization process. This decision is based wholly on economic factors and not by choice! In the early days of F&F our ratings data was collected and tabulated by a large group of volunteers. As technology developed we moved to a computerized system which could provide improved breakdowns to the fancy. Unfortunately due to the increased costs involved in obtaining the records, maintaining the data, and publishing the breakdowns, we have no choice but to make this decision. In addition to economic factors this problem is further exacerbated by a declining interest in obedience. According to the AKC, obedience entries have been on a steady decline averaging a 1.4% decrease per year since 1999. Given the increasing costs involved in producing these breakdowns against declining interest, we simply cannot afford to continue this service. This decision only affects our rating system breakdowns and not the FFX Awards. We will continue to offer these recognitions.

    Within the next few days we will begin to purge the rating system data from our web site. We deeply regret this necessary choice. As well, we understand that some will be highly discouraged by this news. By diverting the monies used for publishing ratings back into our publication, we can provide significantly improved support for the fancy in many other ways. At this time we are seeking input from all sources to determine the best course in this regard. If you have any thoughts on this matter we would be very interested to hear them!

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    DefaultRe: Front and Finish ratings discontinued

    Not too surprised by this. The past couple of years they've not really been on the ball with the ratings stuff.

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    DefaultRe: Front and Finish ratings discontinued

    Bet they'll loose subscriptions!
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    DefaultRe: Front and Finish ratings discontinued

    Just went in and sent my comments.
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    DefaultRe: Front and Finish ratings discontinued

    Bummer!! I think 2007 was the first year my Shamrock would have been included. In fact, F&F was going to be my next stop after the Forum. I understand economic conditions may have forced the decision, but those who are still competing in Obedience seemed to look forward to the ratings.
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