Championship Status - Irish Kennel Club
Previous system is described here
The Irish Kennel Club (IKC) operates under a Green Star system . . . Green Stars are the qualifications that lead to the title of Champion being conferred upon a dog.
As of January 2007, a dog needs a minimum of 7 Green Stars awarded by seven different judges to become an Irish Champion. Dogs must be graded excellent (very promising for puppies) to be eligible to challenge for the Green Star. At least one green star must be won after the dog is 15 months old.
For Shetland Shetland Sheepdogs having won green star points under the 'old' system, points may be converted as follows:
1 - 5 points = 1 Green Star
6 - 11 points = 2 Green Stars
12 - 18 points = 3 Green Stars
19 - 24 points = 4 Green Stars
25 - 31 points = 5 Green Stars
32 - 38 points = 6 Green Stars
...Also, all dogs having won 38 points under the previous system, must win a minimum of one green star under the new system before being awarded the title of Irish Champion.
The title, "Annual Champion" is awarded to the top Green Star winning dog / bitch in it's breed n the current year. Where there is two dogs with equal numbers of Green Stars in a calendar year, the title will be awarded to the dog with the greatest number of Best of Breed awards. Each dog winning an annual championship is entitled to put (AN --) after it's name. The dashes -- stand for the year in which annual championship was awarded & this sometimes appears in catalogues.
Green Star Tickets & Reserve Green Star tickets are awarded by the judge on the day of the show. They are signed by the judge & a rosette may then be obtained from the Secretary at most of the Championship Shows. Following the Award of a Green Star Ticket, the IKC will post a certificate with the dog's registered name, name and date of the show attended.
The Title of Champion may only be used following authorisation / verification from the IKC.
Correct to the best of my knowledge - September 2007