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.
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.
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:
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.
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 Champion
UKC, ARBA, or International Champion
Recommende (Cot 4) – French Evaluation
Excellent+ – Rating at a Journee or Cotation 3
Excellent – Rating at a Journee or Cotation 2
Tres Bon/Bon – Rating at a Journee or Cotation 1
Category B: Obedience
OTCH – Obedience Trial Champion
UDX – Utility Dog Excellent
UD – Utility Dog
CDX – Companion Dog Excellent
CD – Companion Dog
BN – Beginner Novice
DVG/USA Obedience 1, 2, or 3
RE/RM# – Rally Excellent/Master
RN/RI/RA – Rally Novice/Intermediate/Advanced
TDE/TDP – Trick Dog Expert/Performer
TDN/TDI/TDA – Trick Dog Novice/Intermediate/Advanced