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Versatility Awardees!

Rhydonia Ring’s girls Ismay and Nica were awarded the ABC’s Versatility Awards in 2020. From Rhydonia:

Thanks to ABC for offering these Versatility Awards and recognizing our talented Beaucerons! Ismay (Jolie Ismay Itsy du Foudre de Zeus) and Nica (Nica de l’Amour de Vocan) have enjoyed their sports every much as well as their achievements in conformation. In consideration for the Versatility Awards, Ismay and Nica’s achievements were primarily in Temperament, Herding, Conformation and Health Clearances. 

Ismay scored the highest test score in the Journee Temperament test in 2016 and she is an IABCA International Champion and AKC Grand Champion;  Bronze Championship is hopefully just off the horizon. Ismay is 7.5 years old and has been herding since she was about two. Since COVID, she has retired from herding with the following titles: AKC HT, PT, HSDs, HSAs-Master, AHBA HTAD, and ASCA Stock Dog Trial title. Ismay also adores lure coursing and has a CA and CAA.  Since retiring from herding we will enter her in more coursing events as she previously just focused on herding.

Nica is an IABCA International Champion and chasing the last three individual points for her AKC Championship. She has an AKC CGC title and two Herding Titles: HT and PT. COVID has placed her herding training on hold. Since their Versatility Applications both girls received their TKN and TKI.  I didn’t realize that Ismay hadn’t gone thru a CGC test so that was done this year as well.

Looking forward to resuming coursing with the girls and finishing Nica in conformation. It is so fun to do activities with our dogs.  They are very versatile.  We encourage everyone to try new sports.

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Vader earns Bronze, Silver, and Gold!

This past May, Stacy Crivello’s GCH CH IntCH Laisser Le Côté Sombre Dans de la Valle Katahdin CD RE APS APD NA NJP TKE HT BCAT BH ATT CGCA CGCU FDC VHMA has earned the American Beauceron Club Bronze, Silver, and Gold versatility awards and has also been awarded with the American Beauceron Club Health Award of Merit.

ABC 2020 Versatility Award Winners

Congratulations to the 2020 recipients of the ABC Versatility Award! Since the membership will not be together to cheer this year’s awardees at the annual meeting we should clap extra hard and loud for this years awardees.

Make sure to check out the revised Versatility and Health Awards standards and requirements. Through the magic of the ABC’s webmaster, you will be able to select your categories/titles and it will calculate your point total and requirements for you on the website. The tool is available to members and non-members at:

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The ABC Versatility Award

About the AwardRequirementsAwarding of pointsPoints: International & ObediencePoints: Tracking & Schutzhund/RingPoints: Agility & HerdingPoints: Service & StrengthRubric & ExampleApply for this Award

The American Beauceron Club Versatility Bronze, Silver and Gold titles are designed to spotlight the dog-handler teams who work with one another in a variety of events. Eligible dogs must be owned or co-owned by current Club members.

Titles are awarded in recognition of the accomplishments of the dog/handler in a range of activities: Conformation, Obedience, Schutzhund, Agility, Herding, and other activities in which certification or titles are earned. All titles must be earned or awarded by nationally recognized organizations.

When submitting your Application for a Versatility Award, attach copies of the relevant certification document. If you’re unable to scan and upload, documents can be mailed to the Breed Certification Chair.  These will be retained in ABC’s files and will not be returned. Please do not send original documents. 

Previous Versatility Award Recipients


  • Minimum of 8 points
  • At least one novice level title
  • Minimum of 3 categories


  • Minimum of 12 points
  • At least 1 secondary level title; advanced, intermediate, etc.
  • Minimum of 4 activities from at least 3 categories


  • Minimum of 16 points
  • At least 1 excellent or equivalent title OR 2 advanced titles from 2 different categories
  • Minimum of 4 activities from at least 3 categories

Titles/points within the same sport are not cumulative; points are awarded from the highest-level title earned. For example, the TD (tracking dog) title is worth 1 point. Earning a TDX (tracking dog excellent) title is worth 2 points. Your total for that sport would be awarded for the highest level earned (2) and not both titles combined (1+2).

A “minimum of 4 activities from at least 3 categories” means that a person could have 3 sports/activities from 3 different categories plus 1 other sport from the same category. For example, 1 herding title, 1 rally title, 1 scent work title, and 1 barn hunt title. The barn hunt and scent work titles are both in the “Scent Work” category while the others are in “Herding” and “Obedience” categories.

Category A: Conformation Points (max 5pts)
GCH – AKC Grand Champion4
AKC Champion3
UKC, ARBA, or International Champion2
Recommende (Cot 4) – French Evaluation4
Excellent+ – Rating at a Journee or Cotation 33
Excellent – Rating at a Journee or Cotation 22
Tres Bon/Bon – Rating at a Journee or Cotation 11
Category B: Obedience Points
OTCH – Obedience Trial Champion5
UDX – Utility Dog Excellent4
UD – Utility Dog3
CDX – Companion Dog Excellent2
CD – Companion Dog1
BN – Beginner Novice1
DVG/USA Obedience 1, 2, or 31/2/3
RE/RM# – Rally Excellent/Master2
RN/RI/RA – Rally Novice/Intermediate/Advanced1
TDE/TDP – Trick Dog Expert/Performer2
TDN/TDI/TDA – Trick Dog Novice/Intermediate/Advanced1

Category C: Scent Work Points
CT – Champion Tracker4
VST – Variable Surface Tracker3
TDX – Tracking Dog Excellent2
TD – Tracking Dog1
FH2 – Fahrtenhund Superior Tracking3
FH1 – Fahrtenhund Advanced Tracking2
DVG/USA Tracking 1, 2, or 3 1/2/3
SWN/SWA/SWE/SWM/DE – AKC Scent Work 1/2/3/4/5
ORT/NW1/NW2/NW3/ELI – NACSW 1/2/3/4/5
L1/L2/L3 – NASCW1/2/3
RATM/RATCH – Barn Hunt2
Category D: Schutzhund/French Ring/IPO Points
SchH III/SchHII/SchH I6/5/3
Ring 3/Ring 2/Ring 1/Brevet Ring6/5/3/2

Category E: Agility Points
MACH – Master Agility Champion5
MD or MXJ – Master Agility4
AX or AXJ, AGIII – Agility Excellent4
OA or OAH, AGCH – Open Agility3
NA or NAH, AGII – Novice Agility2
AGI – Agility I1
Category F: Herding Points
HC/WTCH/HTCH – Herding Ch./Working Trial Ch./Herding Trial Ch.6
HX/ATD – Herding Excellent / Advanced Trial Dog5
HTD-I/II/III – Herding Trial Dog I/II/III2/3/4
HRD-I/II/III – Herding Ranch Dog I/II/III2/3/4
HI/OTD – Herding Intermediate/Open Trial Dog3
HS/STD – Herding Started/Herding Started2
HT/PT/JHD – Herding Tested/Pre-Trial Tested, Junior Herding Dog1

Category G: Service Points
THD – Registered Therapy Dog1
SAR – Search and Rescue Certification5
SAR+ – Additional Search and Rescue Certifications1
Category H: Strength/Endurance Points
Draft Dog Certification2
Carting Certification1
Weight Pulling Title1
Sled/Skijoring/Mushing/Canicross – participated in event/race1
AD – Ausdauerprüfung1
CA/CAA/CAX – Lure Coursing1
DN/DJ/DS/DX – Dock Diving1
AR – Air Retrieve Dock Diving1

Total Points/8
# of Req. Categories:/3
Novice Title(s)/1
Total Points/12
# of Req. Categories/3
# of Req. Activities/4
Inter./Adv/ Title(s)/1
Previous TitlesBronze
Total Points/16
# of Req. Categories/3
# of Req. Activities/4
Inter./Adv/ Title(s)/1
Previous TitlesSilver
Example Application
AKC Champion3
Rally Excellent2
Trick Dog Intermediate1
Herding Tested1
Dock Junior1
Bronze Total:9/8

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