To say that this year has been challenging would be a gross understatement. We have faced a myriad of unplanned circumstances, including a pandemic, natural disasters, and economic uncertainty that has directly impacted our sports and our communities. And yet, despite unprecedented obstacles, we have seen how resilient we truly are. From exhibitors in Performance, Companion, and Conformation events to judges, delegates, superintendents and staff, we have found ways to prioritize the safety of our participants and each other while continuing to compete in our beloved sports.
We are incredibly proud of the time and dedication our clubs have put in around the country to make hard decisions. Whether it was to reschedule or proceed with caution, each club and its members have risen to the ever growing challenges of holding live events. To date, there have been several successful conformation show clusters in 18 states. Fast Cat and Hunting tests are increasing. The time, energy, and dedication this has taken proves that when faced with challenges, we can unite and support each other while finding solace in our competitions.
Much of our success has come from a shared responsibility to protect each other during this pandemic. We continue to encourage each of our clubs to follow federal, state, and local guidelines, but we also wanted to assist with direct action in our sports. In June, the AKC developed Suggested Best Health Practices by Sport to provide clubs with manageable ways to add additional layers of safety for all participants at the events. We have seen their implementation and how effective they have been in preventing illness. This is something everyone deserves to be proud of.
As we move forward to our AKC National Championship Presented Royal Canin, we are encouraged about the year ahead for our sports. Holding the largest dog show in North America is no small feat and, in the middle of the pandemic, may seem almost impossible. However, we are up to the challenge and will do so by prioritizing safety and the health and well-being of everyone who participates.
We will continue to get through this challenging year with the strength, intelligence, and perseverance we are known for. In the midst of uncertainty, be certain that our enjoyable events will once again be held. Thank you for everything you continue to do for purebred dogs, our clubs, and for the American Kennel Club.