The Awards/Performance Committee is intended to provide and manage various mechanisms for recognizing and tracking ACDs participating in all the possible performance venues.
The Awards/Performance Committee is responsible for reporting for the Quarterly on new titles earned by member ACDs, point rankings for breed, group, obedience, agility, herding, junior showmanship, ROM, and rally, and the awards for the annual banquet.
The Awards/Performance Committee has several goals for this year. Some of the more prominent ones include clearly defining and documenting just exactly what is this committee's purpose and how should it function, establishing consistent guidelines for certain special awards, and repairing inconsistencies in the current guidelines. Specifically, this involves a rewrite/cleanup/correction to the ACDCA, Inc. Awards Information and Standing Rules. There are many discrepancies and ambiguities, as well as things that need to be added and things that need to be deleted. We also need to put in writing guidelines for the Versatility award given at the specialty (sometimes), as well as require it to be offered at each specialty. We also hope to compile a list of all publicity and versatility awards that have been earned over the years. The Awards/Performance Committee should have these as part of the committee's records that could be passed on to future committee chairs. We would also like very much to document in detail what the committee does and how it does it. Regretfully, in the past it appears that each new committee starts from scratch with little or no specific information on just what is expected or where to get the what is needed. - 2005-06 committee year. posted 5/16/06
Good Sportsmanship Award
The Good Sportsmanship Award may be presented by the ACDCA. Any member in good standing with the ACDCA may nominate another member in good standing. All nominations must include a brief summary describing the nominee's merits. Nominations shall be sent to the Awards Committee Chairperson and shall be postmarked no later than May 31st following the end of the Award year. The Award Committee Chairperson and the immediate past four recipients may choose a recipient from among those nominated. Past recipients are not eligible for the award. The award will be presented at the ACDCA National Specialty Convention.
Australian Cattle Dog Hero Dog of the Year
The Australian Cattle Dog Hero Dog of the Year Award may be presented by the ACDCA. This award is for the dog's meritorious service to his/her owner(s). To be eligible, the dog must be registered as an Australian Cattle Dog with the American Kennel Club. All nominations must include a brief summary describing the nominee's merits. Nomination must be sent to the Awards Committee Chairperson and shall be postmarked no later than May 31st following the end of the award year. The Awards Committee may select a recipient from among the nominees. The award will be presented at the ACDCA National Specialty Convention.
Types of Awards:
- High Point Best of Breed
- High Point Group Placements
- High Point Obedience
- High Point Herding
- Register of Merit (ROM)
- Junior Showmanship
- Sire, dam, and breeder of most:
- CH title holders
Obedience title holders
Herding title holders
The ACDCA shall annually award publicity points in conformation (points will be awarded for Best of Breed and Group placings), Obedience, Herding, Register of Merit, and Junior Showmanship for the current year. Current standings shall be published in the ACDCA Newsletter and the top place in each category shall be awarded at the ACDCA National Specialty Convention. To be eligible, the dog must be registered as an Australian Cattle Dog with the American Kennel Club and the owner or one of the co-owners must be a member in good standing of the ACDCA for the entire award year. Conformation, Obedience, Herding, and Junior Showmanship points shall be tabulated by the Awards Committee from the results printed in AKC Awards. ROM points shall be tabulated by the ROM Committee based on the results printed in the AKC Awards and other applicable sources.
The ACDCA annually gives an award to the breeder of Best of Breed, Obedience High in Trial, and Herding High in Trial I and II at the National Specialty. These awards will be presented at the ACDCA National Specialty Convention.
I. Certificates shall be presented for the following titles:
American Kennel Club titles, upon request, as follows:
- Obedience Trial Champion
- Companion Dog
- Companion Dog Excellent
- Utility Dog
- Tracking Dog
- Tracking Dog Excellent
- Herding Test titles
- Herding Trial titles
- Herding Champion
Australian Cattle Dog Club of America titles as follows:
- Qualified Worker
- Versatile Qualified Worker
- Versatile Qualified Worker Excellent
- Versatility Champion
The Chairperson of the Performance Committee shall furnish the Awards Committee Chairperson a list of all dogs earning QW, VQW, VQWX, and VCh titles. This list shall be the sole verification for all awards related to ACDCA titles. For all certificates, the American Kennel Club Awards publication shall be the sole verification. It shall be the owner's responsibility to ensure that all errors are corrected and published in the American Kennel Club Awards.
II. To be eligible for a title certificate, the dog must be registered with the American Kennel Club as an Australian Cattle Dog. The owner or one of the co-owners must be a member in good standing of the Australian Cattle Dog Club of America for the year the title is earned.
III. The Awards Committee shall provide certificates to qualifying title holders.
The ACDCA award year shall be from January 1 to December 31.
Versatility Titles recognize a dog's completion of AKC titles in different events. These titles must be earned from each area in any combination of Breed Championship, Obedience, Herding, Tracking, and Agility. Awards recognizing these achievements and titles are presented a the National Specialty Awards Banquet each year.
AKC titles recognized:
- Conformation (CH)
- Obedience (CD or higher)
- Herding (HT or higher)
- Agility (NA or higher)
- Tracking (VST, TD or higher)
Qualified Worker (QW)
A dog that earns a combination of two titles from two different areas, from the above mentioned list. This title will appear after the dog's registered name.
Versatile Qualified Worker (VQW)
A dog that earns a combination of three titles from three different areas, from the above mentioned list. This title supercedes the QW title and will appear after the dog's registered name.
Versatile Qualified Worker Excellent (VQWX)
A dog that earns a combination of four titles from four different areas from the above mentioned list. In addition, one of these titles MUST be an Open or Intermediate title (CDX, HI, OA, TDX). This title supercedes the VQW title and will appear after the dog's registered name.
Versatility Champion (VCh)
A dog that earns a combination of four titles from four different areas from the above mentioned list. In addition, one of these titles MUST be an Advanced title (UD, HX, AX, Ch Tracker). This title supercedes the VQWX and will appear before the dog's registered name.
The National Specialty Herding Champion Award is presented annually by the ACDCA to the Advanced dog earning the combined high score on cattle at the National Specialty Herding Trials. The award is presented at the Awards Banquet. To be eligible, a dog must run in the Advanced Class in both cattle trials. The Championship will be decided in the following order:
- The high combined total of two qualifying scores.
- Should no dog earn two qualifying scores, the high combined total of a qualifying score and a non-qualifying score.
- Should no dog earn a qualifying score, the award will be given to the dog earning the high combined of two non-qualifying scores.
- Should no dog earn two non-qualifying scores, the award will be given to the dog earning the highest single score.
- In the case of a tie score, the tie shall be broken in the following order:
By the two trial combined high score on the cross drive.
By the two trial combined elapsed times.
By single cross-drive score.
By single elapsed time.
This is a club award and according to AKC regulations must not be advertised in the Herding catalog.
Follow the link ACD Versatility Award Overview to learn more!