When was the Standard adopted by ASCA?
The original Breed Standard was approved by
the ASCA membership in 1977. Annotations (explanations) were
submitted by the Committee at that time.
When did the ASCA BOD appoint a Breed Standard
Review Committee (BSRC)?
In 2001 the ASCA Board appointed a Committee
to review the Standard. The committee was instructed that they
were not to recommend CHANGES, but only to CLARIFY
the existing Standard unless there is something within that
science has shown to be inaccurate (namely the 45 degree
Who was a part of the BSRC?
Members of that committee were Sunday Miles, Linda Bell,
Sandy Cornwell, Kim Cochran, Ernie Hartnagle, Shelly Hollen,
Gail Karmalegos, Terry Martin, Kristin McNamara, and Cheri
Preciado. Over 300 years of
combined experience with Australian Shepherds and ASCA were
represented on the committee.
How long did the BSRC work together on
clarifying the Standard?
The committee worked for over
always with a liaison from the Board and
using research and
membership input. Twice rough drafts were printed
in the Aussie Times and put on the website for comment. Input
was sought and received from Committee Reports in the Aussie
Times. 13, 251 emails passed on the BSRC group list, with
many more private emails, letters and telephone conversations.
The effort put forth by this group of people and their BOD
liason was massive both in the intensity of discussion and time
When did the BSRC finish their effort?
In 2006 committee members, Terry Martin and
Shelly Hollen, met with the ASCA Board at the spring meeting.
At that time the board agreed that
if and when a document went to the
it should be voted on section by section with approved sections
replacing the originals.
The Committee submitted their final draft to
the ASCA Board in September 2007.
What did the ASCA Board of
Directors do with the work of the Breed Standard Review Committee?
After 6 years of work by dedicated,
experienced ASCA members, some of which were a part of the
drafting of the original Standard, many of whom have been owners
and breeders for 40+ years, after over thirteen thousand emails,
after hundreds of huge discussions over minute details--the
Board of Directors basically threw the work of the BSRC in the
trash. They did not approve a single section to go to the
membership for a vote.
Subsequently the Board appointed three of
their own members to start from scratch and review the Standard,
in effect making the statement that they, in a short
amount of time, by themselves and without membership input,
(please scroll up and look at the committee's membership if you
need a reminder of the depth of experience on the committee)
could do a better job than the 6 years of effort by the
massively experienced committee members.
The ASCA BOD, without seeking membership
input, recently came up with their own revisions and put them to
a vote of the present board. The motion failed.
What can we do to allow the
membership to vote?
The ASCA By-Laws state that changes can be
made to the Breed Standard only by a 2/3 majority approval of
the ASCA membership voting on
the issue. They can
only be sent to the membership in
two ways. One is with unanimous approval of the ASCA Board of
Directors and the other is by a petition from 20% of the
At this point in time since the Board is
apparently adamant that the Membership
shall not ever be allowed to vote on the six years of work,
there is only one recourse left to have a
Membership voice in this very
important document. A petition signed by 20% of the
ASCA membership can over-ride the
ASCA Board of Directors. At this point in time that is going to
be about 1400 signatures.
BREED STANDARD AND PROPOSED REVISIONS
SIGN THE PETITION