VERSATILITY AWARDS

The ACDCC Versatility awards program was implemented by the ACDCC for two reasons:

- an educational tool for members to promote the health, soundness and welfare of Australian Cattle Dogs &
- a recognition program for dogs and owners who have contributed to the breed in the arenas of performance, conformation and social responsibility.

There are five levels of awards, to recognize and reward dogs and owners from a beginning level to those who have achieved the pinnacle of success in one or several of the targeted areas.



Versatility Started (VS)

The title of VS requires five (5) points from at least 3 different categories, with at least one point coming from a performance category. VS title to be place as a suffix (end of dog’s name). A certificate will be awarded.


Versatility Intermediate (VI)
The title of VI requires ten (10) points from at least 3 different categories, including at least two novice level 2-point titles in at least 2 performance categories. VI title to be place as a suffix (end of dog’s name). A certificate will be awarded.


Versatility Excellent (VX)
The title of VX requires fifteen (15) points from at least 4 different categories, including at least 2 performance categories; dog must achieve an intermediate level title (minimum 5 points) in a performance category. VX title to be place as a suffix (end of dog’s name). A certificate will be awarded.


Versatility Champion (VCH)
The title of VCH requires twenty (20) points from at least 4 different categories, including at least 3 performance categories; dog must achieve at least one performance advance level titles (minimum 7 points) and one performance intermediate level title (minimum 5 points). VCH title to be place as a prefix (beginning of dog’s name). A certificate and plaque will be awarded.


Versatility Master Champion (VMCH)
The title of VMCH requires twenty-five (25) points from at least 5 different categories, including at least 3 performance categories and a Conformation Championship; dog must achieve one advance performance level title (minimum 7 points) and two intermediate performance titles (minimum 5 points). VMCH title to be place as a prefix (beginning of dog’s name). A certificate and plaque will be awarded.

Ten different categories have been identified in which points can be earned:

A – Obedience     B – Rally     C – Herding     D – Agility     E – Tracking     F – Conformation
G – Schutzhund     H – Service/Active Duty     R – Responsible Ownership     M - Miscellaneous

Titles/certificates must be awarded from recognized registries, agencies or dog sport organizations. The approved organizations are listed at the top of each category column.

The first five categories (A-E) are performance categories. Categories A-H recognize achievements based on a point-value. Points in these 8 categories are not cumulative. Points will be credited for the highest title achieved in each category A-H. The dog must have passed the test or accomplishment listed in order to be awarded point value. Achievements/certificates acquired in categories R & M are valued one point each, to a maximum of 7 points in each category. If used for points, C.E.R.F certificate must be renewed annually for the points to be counted in successive years. The chart listing the categories and point-earning achievements is provided as a download below.

The program is designed to make versatility awards at some level accessible for all dogs and all owners. For example, if a dog does not have the health credentials and/or conformation quality to be a breeding prospect, the dog can still earn points in the "Responsible Ownership" category by being spayed or neutered, in recognition of the owners’ responsible decision not to breed that dog. A dog whose hips or elbows do not certify, but whose owner has chosen to have the OFA results posted on the OFA’s database may earn a point for each OFA public database listing. Dogs who do certify can earn extra points for those certifications.

The ACDCC Versatility Awards year runs from January 1 to December 31. Thus all titles and certificates must have been earned no later than December of the year prior to the ACDCC Versatility Awards are presented in conjunction with the National Specialty and AGM. All ACDCC Versatility Awards information must be submitted by regular mail to the ACDCC Versatility Awards Committee no later than April 1 of the applicable awards year. Information received after that deadline will not be considered. Cost for each application is $10.00 (non-refundable) and must accompany the application and documentation.

Applicants must be a member in good standing of the ACDCC. The applicant must have owned or co-owned the dog when the dog earned at least one title listed from the categories A-H.

Written documentation is required for all earned points. Applicants must send copies (non-returnable) of all titles, certificates, etc. as proof that the dog has earned the title or accomplishment. Any questions of eligibility shall be resolved by the ACDCC Board.

Download: Versatilithy Awards Application

Download: Versatilithy Awards Point Schedule

 
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