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American Bouvier des Flandres Club
PERFORMANCE TOP TWENTY GUIDELINES (Updated 4-04-13)

As stated in our breed standard, Bouviers possess all the qualities that have proven them to be formidable performance dogs. Their characteristics of strength, vigor, agility and keen intelligence have made them well suited to both traditional and non traditional performance sports. One way to recognize those dogs that have excelled in the use of these traits is the Performance Top Twenty recognition event.

A Performance Top Twenty recognition event will be held at the National Specialty. This event will recognize the extraordinary dogs competing in performance sports during the competition year. Some of the benefits to this program are:

  1. An opportunity to showcase the top performance dogs at the national level.
  2. Encourage increased participation in performance sports.
  3. Give the membership an opportunity to become more familiar with the top performance dogs in the different sports.

Program Outline
The Performance Top Twenty recognition event will be held annually at the National Specialty before the Top Twenty conformation competition, on the same evening. Each of the 20 qualifying dog would be introduced to the audience and their accomplishments of that competition year would be announced. Also a special separate recognition of any performance/companion sport champion (Obedience, Agility (MACH and PACH), Herding, Tracking and Carting) and Obedience Grand Master title holders of that year would be included in the Performance Top Twenty event under the category of Performance Elite. The Performance Top Twenty event will not replace any other performance dog recognition previously/normally held during the Top Twenty evening, such as the recognition of the #1 performance dog in each sport, etc.

Participants/Honorees
The names of the Performance Top Twenty plus any performance/companion sport champions (Obedience, Agility [MACH and PACH], Herding, Tracking and Carting) and Obedience Grand Master title holders would be listed in the Top Twenty program. The dog would be entitled to a 2 page ad, with photo, in the Top Twenty program. Entries for the Performance Top 20 shall be charged the same entry fee as Conformation Top 20 entries and shall receive the same rosette (different color) and a catalog.

Tabulations
The Performance Committee chair and the Statistician, or their designee(s), will be responsible for determining/calculating eligibility, tallying points, etc. The Performance Committee chair and the Statistician, or their designee(s), will work with the conformation Top Twenty committee to ensure all required information is exchanged related to participants/honorees. All Top Twenty activities (performance and conformation) shall be handled by the Top Twenty Committee in order to have one coordinated event.

ELGIBILITY AND POINT CALCULATIONS

Performance Top Twenty eligibility will be determined by using a point scale related to titles and outstanding accomplishments earned during the competition year.

(1.) To be eligible for the Performance Top Twenty, a dog must have earned at least a Level 1AKC title or carting title, during the competition year. Eligibility Titles are earned from the sports of obedience, agility, herding, tracking, carting, coursing, or rally. The competition year will be May 1 thru April 30th. (See chart below).

Eligibility Title Point Scale:

L
E
V
E
L

P
O
I
N
T
S

O
B
E
D
I
E
N
C
E

R
A
L
L
Y

AGILITY

H
E
R
D
I
N
G

C
A
R
T
I
N
G
(ABdFC/Non
ABdFC)

T
R
A
C
K
I
N
G

C
O
U
R
S
I
N
G

1

5

CD

RE

NA(J)(P)(F)

HS

NDD(V)

-

CAA

2

7

GN

RAE

-

-

DD(V)

TD

CAX

3

10

 

-

OA(J)(P)(F)

HSM

MCDD

-

-

4

12

CDX

-

-

-

MDDX

-

-

5

15

GO

-

AX(J)(P)(F)

HI

-

TDX

-

6

20

UD

-

T2B

HIM

-

-

-

7

23

VER

-

MX(J)(P)(F) PAX/
Century(P)

-

-

-

-

8

25

UDX

-

 

HX

 

VST

-

9

30

OM

-

TQX

HXM

-

-

-


(2.)The highest AKC Level title earned will determine the amount of points the competitor will start with. This will be listed as the exhibitor’s Eligibility Title. Points can be obtained for additional titles earned from the Additional Title Point Scale. Bonus points may be earned for nontraditional sports/duties and individual honors. The 20 dogs with the highest total number of points will comprise the Performance Top Twenty for the year.

Special recognition will be given to any dog earning a performance championship (obedience, agility, herding, carting and tracking) or Obedience Grand Master title. These dogs will not be required to compete for placement on the Performance Top Twenty list. These dogs will be placed under the special recognition category of Performance Elite.

NOTE: Only the highest title earned in each sport, during the competition year, will be counted toward the point total (Example – if the Eligibility Title is in obedience and you earned a CD and CDX in the same year, you can not add bonus points for the CD. The CDX would make the exhibitor eligible for the Top Twenty and would receive 12 points).

NOTE: : If an exhibitor has multiple titles at the same level, the Eligibility Title will be determined by choosing one title as the Eligibility Title and the others will be treated as Additional Titles (Example: If an exhibitor earned an HSM, OA and MCD, the points earned would be – HSM – 10 pts., OA – 5 pts. , MCD – 5 pts.).

NOTE: No additional points will be earned for titles with multiples such as T2B, FTC (P), OM, UDX, PAX, MXP, MJP, etc. Dogs will only receive the original number of points for a single form of the title (Example – PAX or a PAX2 will earn the same amount of points – 25).

NOTE: In the sport of agility, only 1 of the 4 forms of the sport can be counted in the point total (standard, jumpers, T2B and fast).

NOTE: Agility regular and preferred titles. A regular and a preferred title, at the same level and in the same form of the sport, can not both be counted (Example – OA and OAP. Only points for one title can be counted).

NOTE: Eligibility Titles in carting are those titles as listed in the ABdFC Carting Test Regulations and those carting titles earned through other breed carting tests. Exhibitor must submit verification of these titles.


(3.) Bonus points may be earned for nontraditional sports/duties, lower level AKC titles and individual honors. Individual honors are defined as High in Trial, High Combined and Reserve High in Trial. Multiple individual honors will earn multiple bonus points (Example – If 2 All – Breed High In Trial honors are earned, then the exhibitor would earn 6 points instead of 3). See list below for the Bonus Points scale.

Bonus Points Scale:

5 points – Certified Scent Detection Dog (active/working), Search and Rescue (FEMA Certified), Street Service (police, military)

3 points – Pre-trial Tested (PT), Weight Pull, Water Rescue title, Pack Dog, Barn Hunt, Detection/Nosework, Service Dog, Rally Advanced (RA), Flyball, Freestyle Obedience, Coursing Ability (CA), Beginner Novice (BN), Disc Dog, VCD, AKC High In Trial (All-Breed trial), AKC High Combined (All-Breed trial)

2 points – AKC High In Trial (Specialty), AKC High Combined (Specialty), Rally Novice (RN), Herding Tested (HT), Thd (AKC Therapy Dog title), Carting HIT, AKC Reserve High In Trial (All Breed trial), High Combined – Rally (All-Breed)

1 point – AKC Reserve High In Trial (Specialty), High Combined – Rally (Specialty), Carting RHIT, CGC (Official AKC title certificate), Therapy Dog (registered/certified).

NOTE: Verification of the following bonus point sports/duties/certification will be submitted by the exhibitor: Weight Pull, Water title, Pack Dog, Search and Rescue, Detection (All types), Street Service, Service Dog, Flyball, Disc Dog, Freestyle Obedience, CGC and Therapy Dog. Only Therapy Dog organizations listed as recognized by AKC will be counted. Please check the AKC website Therapy Dog section for a current list of recognized organizations. Copies of dated current ID cards and/or certificates must be submitted to verify Therapy Dog titles earned during the competition year. CGC titles must be earned during the competition year. To receive credit for a CGC title, a copy of the new official AKC title certificate must be presented.

NOTE: Herding multiple titles. Only points for one title will be counted if titles are earned at the same level, but on different types of stock (Example – If a HSd and HSc are earned, only 5 points will be awarded.)

NOTE: Obedience, Rally and Herding Bonus Points. Bonus points can not be earned for a RA or RN if a Rally title has been earned on the Eligibility Title scale (RE or above). Bonus points can not be earned for an HT or PT if a Herding title has been earned on the Eligibility Title scale (HS or above). Bonus points cannot be earned for a BN if an Obedience title has been earned on the Eligibility Title scale (CD or above).


(4.) Additional titles earned, at levels 1 thru 9 on the eligibility scale, will receive the following amount of points listed below (Example – If you earn a CD and RE, you will earn 5 points for the CD and 3 points for the RE (or vice versa). If you earned a CDX and an OA, you will receive 12 points for the CDX and 5 points for the OA):

Additional Titles Points Scale:

Level 1 – 3 points
Level 2 – 4 points
Level 3 – 5 points
Level 4 – 6 points
Level 5 – 8 points
Level 6 – 10 points
Level 7 – 12 points
Level 8 – 13 points
Level 9 – 15 points

 

TIES IN POINT TOTALS

Ties between dogs with their highest Eligibility Title coming from the same sport:

AGILITY

  1. Highest Eligibility Title (Ex. AX outranks an OA). Regular outranks Preferred title.
  2. Highest score average
  3. Highest number of legs toward the next title(s)
  4. MACH/ PACH points. MACH points outrank PACH points
  5. Highest number of performance titles and/or legs earned from other sports during the competition year. Regular outranks Preferred legs. Total legs earned at higher levels outrank totals at lower levels (Example – Two exhibitors with 3 additional legs toward titles - 2 MX and 1 CD leg outrank 1MX and 2 CD legs).
  6. Highest number of titles and/or legs earned in the same sport. Regular outranks Preferred legs. Total legs earned at higher levels outrank totals at lower levels
  7. Highest number of double qualifying legs (QQs)

OBEDIENCE

  1. Highest Eligibility Title
  2. Highest number of HIT
  3. Highest number of High Combined
  4. Highest average score
  5. Highest number of legs toward the next title(s)
  6. Highest number of performance titles and/or legs (including double Qs) earned from other sports during the competition year. Regular outranks Preferred legs. Total legs earned at higher levels outrank totals at lower levels (Example – Two exhibitors with 3 additional legs toward titles - 2 MX and 1 CD leg outrank 1MX and 2 CD legs).
  7. Highest number of titles and/or legs earned in the same sport. Regular outranks Preferred legs. Total legs earned at higher levels outrank totals at lower levels

RALLY

  1. Highest Eligibility Title
  2. Highest number of High Combined
  3. Highest average score
  4. Highest number of legs toward the next title
  5. Highest number of performance titles and/or legs (including double Qs) earned from other sports during the competition year. Regular outranks Preferred legs. Total legs earned at higher levels outrank totals at lower levels (Example – Two exhibitors with 3 additional legs toward titles - 2 MX and 1 CD leg outrank 1MX and 2 CD legs).
  6. Highest number of titles and/or legs earned in the same sport. Regular outranks Preferred legs. Total legs earned at higher levels outrank totals at lower levels

HERDING

  1. Highest Eligibility Title
  2. Highest number of HIT
  3. Highest number of Reserve HIT
  4. Highest average score
  5. Highest number of legs toward the next title(s)
  6. Highest number of performance titles and/or legs (including double Qs) earned from other sports during the competition year. Regular outranks Preferred legs. Total legs earned at higher levels outrank totals at lower levels (Example – Two exhibitors with 3 additional legs toward titles - 2 MX and 1 CD leg outrank 1MX and 2 CD legs).
  7. Highest number of titles and/or legs earned in the same sport. Regular outranks Preferred legs. Total legs earned at higher levels outrank totals at lower levels.

TRACKING

  1. Highest Eligibility Title
  2. Highest number of performance titles and/or legs (including double Qs) earned from other sports during the competition year. Regular outranks Preferred legs. Total legs earned at higher levels outrank totals at lower levels (Example – Two exhibitors with 3 additional legs toward titles - 2 MX and 1 CD leg outrank 1MX and 2 CD legs).
  3. Highest number of titles and/or legs earned in the same sport. Regular outranks Preferred legs. Total legs earned at higher levels outrank totals at lower levels.

CARTING

  1. Highest Eligibility Title
  2. Highest number of HIT from other breed carting competitions
  3. Highest number of performance titles and/or legs (including double Qs) earned from other sports during the competition year. Regular outranks Preferred legs. Total legs earned at higher levels outrank totals at lower levels (Example – Two exhibitors with 3 additional legs toward titles - 2 MX and 1 CD leg outrank 1MX and 2 CD legs).
  4. Highest number of legs toward the next title
  5. Highest number of titles and/or legs earned in the same sport. Regular outranks Preferred legs. Total legs earned at higher levels outrank totals at lower levels.

COURSING ABILITY TEST

  1. Highest Eligibility Title
  2. Highest number of performance titles and/or legs (including double Qs) earned from other sports during the competition year. Regular outranks Preferred legs. Total legs earned at higher levels outrank totals at lower levels (Example – Two exhibitors with 3 additional legs toward titles - 2 MX and 1 CD leg outrank 1MX and 2 CD legs).
  3. Highest number of legs toward the next title
  4. Highest number of titles and/or legs earned in the same sport. Regular outranks Preferred legs. Total legs earned at higher levels outrank totals at lower levels.

Ties between dogs with their highest Eligibility Title coming from different sports:

  1. Highest level of Eligibility Title (Example - AX (level 5) outranks a CDX (level 4)
  2. Highest number of legs toward the next title level
  3. Highest number of performance titles and/or legs (including double Qs) earned from other sports during the competition year. Regular outranks Preferred legs. Total legs earned at higher levels outrank totals at lower levels (Example – Two exhibitors with 3 additional legs toward titles - 2 MX and 1 CD leg outrank 1MX and 2 CD legs).
  4. Highest eligibility titles - Regular title outranks Preferred title (Example – HSM outranks OJP).
Last Updated on Monday, 15 April 2013 13:55