English Springer Spaniel Club of Canada VERSATILITY AWARD
Those of us who have shared our lives with an English Springer Spaniel are aware of their friendly personalities, their many talents and their willingness to join in whatever activities we undertake. Many of us reach the top of whatever activity we choose to participate in. Some of us explore more than one activity.
However, succeeding in several diverse areas of endeavour takes a talented dog and handler as well as a commitment of time and effort. The Versatility Award is intended to recognize those dogs and handlers that excel in a number of different dog-related disciplines.
The criteria for the Versatility Award are not easy to complete. It is meant to be a special award for achievement in a variety of disciplines. In most cases it will take a number of years to complete and for many it will become in essence, a lifetime achievement award.
The award should be possible for all Springers to achieve, whether Field or Bench bred, whether of show or pet quality. Therefore there is no mandatory title to be won and there are many different areas of achievement that may qualify for the award. It is hoped that the award will stimulate interest from all Springer owners to explore other areas of participation/competition with their dogs.
As this is a Canadian award, only CKC titles will be used to determine eligibility. However, other titles may be listed on the award as well.
Membership in the English Springer Spaniel Club of Canada is a requirement as we wish to promote participation in the club. This award may give those who do not participate in conformation showing or breeding more of a reason to join the parent club of their breed. It is desirable to have people with many different interests in Springers connect with one another and share their perspectives.
The awards will presented yearly at the National Specialty Show. At the present time the awards will be administered by Norma Schaffer and Karen Spalding.
VERSATILE SPRINGER AWARD REQUIREMENTS
With this award the English Springer Spaniel Club of Canada recognizes those dogs and handlers who strive to master a variety of different dog sports and activities. The requirements for the Versatility Award are listed below:
In order to earn this award, the ESSCC will consider eight categories in which an English Springer Spaniel can be recognized.
The dog must have completed a title in four of the above 8 categories. (Title defined as those awarded by CKC - see appendix listing titles.)
The dog must have earned one of the following championships: CH, OTCH, TCH, AGX, MH, FC or AFC
In addition the dog must earn one of the following titles in one other category: CDX, TDX, UTDX, AGI, SH, FC, RX, 150 THERAPY VISITS
The following conditions also apply to this award: a) Titles earned in at least two of these categories must have been completed while the owner was a member in good standing with ESSCC. (Application for membership does not constitute membership)
If the dog is owned by more than one individual, only one of the owners needs to be a member of the ESSCC.
All titles must be CKC titles. Agility titles awarded by AAC will be accepted only if earned before Jan 2000. Similarly Rally titles awarded by CARO will only be accepted if awarded before Jan 2007.
Those wishing to be recognized with this award are responsible for completing an application and reporting their own titles. Copies of CKC certificates or visitation records verified by the certifying body are required (ex. St John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program). If the dog has additional titles that the owner wishes to be recorded on the award, then copies of those must be supplied also.
Any disputes with respect to the interpretation of the requirements will be referred to the executive commitee of the ESSCC for resolution. That committee's decision will be final. Application for ESSCC Versatile Springer Award
** Award to be presented at the ESSCC National show.** Deadline for application will be 3 months prior to the show date. Please attach photocopies of all documents necessary to verify your dog's accomplishments. If your dog has additional titles (may be granted by a foreign country) that you would like included on the award, please send copies of these also. Include a 5X7 photograph of your dog. We prefer an action photo but any clear picture of suitable size is acceptable. Send all documents to : Karen Spalding Norma Schaffer 801 - 30th St. S.E., 2520 Hwy 97B S.E., Salmon Arm, B.C. or Salmon Arm, B.C. V1E 1J5 V1E 1C3 phone (250) 833-4862 phone (250) 832-8319 email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Please contact either of the above if you have any questions. Dog's registered name Owner(s) Address Telephone e-mail Please indicate the titles won by your dog and attach a photocopy of the title certificate issued by CKC. For recognition of Therapy hours, please attach a copy of a cerificate, certified log book, or letter verifying service hours from the organization that has certified your dog and under whose auspices you work. If you wish additional titles listed on the award, please send photocopies of these as well.