Phyllis Dobbs Versatility Award

NEW FOR 2018!  GSDCA Phyllis Dobbs Versatility Competition  (Most Versatile German Shepherd Competition at the GSDCA National)

Overview:

In memory of Phyllis Dobbs, who bred, owned, and trained the first Triple Champion in the German Shepherd breed, the Most Versatile German Shepherd Competition at the GSDCA National recognizes those dogs that exemplify true versatility by successfully competing in a variety of events at the GSDCA National. 

The Versatility Competition is open to all AKC registered or listed German Shepherd Dogs.  The dogs in the Versatility Competition must be currently owned by at least one member of the GSDCA in good standing.  Dogs must earn scores at the National in a minimum of three of the following venues:  Agility, Conformation, Herding, Obedience/Rally, Tracking.  Obedience and Rally are considered one venue since the required skills are similar.  To participate in the Versatility Competition, competitors must fill out a Versatility Competition registration form and submit it with the registration fee by September 1, 2018, to ensure being listed in the catalog as being entered in the Versatility Competition (late entries will be accepted until October 6 but will not be listed in the catalog or receive a customized participation rosette).  Participants must enter the events in which their dog will compete directly with the appropriate event secretary.  For 2018, the registration fee for the Versatility Competition for all participants has been generously donated by Friends of Phyllis Dobbs. 

During the National Specialty, participants must fill out and turn in a score sheet to the Versatility Chair each day.  The scoring for the competition ends after Best of Breed and the winner of the Versatility Competition will be announced at the Banquet and presented with the Phyllis Dobbs Versatility Award.  Competing dogs will receive a customized participation rosette.  The winner of the 2018 Phyllis Dobbs Versatility Award will receive a cold cast bronze statue of a German Shepherd Dog.  

Scoring:  

The Versatility Competition is based on a point accumulation system, with points being awarded according to schedule of points set forth in Appendix 1, based on performance in various events.  Generally, points will be awarded in Conformation for participation and placement.  Points will be awarded in each performance event entered based on:

  • Qualifying runs
  • Maximum of 2 weighted scores (if applicable)
  • Additional points may be awarded for certain special achievements (e.g., High in Trial in Obedience).

Although Obedience and Rally are considered a single event for purposes of the three-event minimum, competitors can earn points from both Obedience and Rally. 

Agility:   Any two qualifying runs that receive a score (Standard, Jumpers, FAST, Premiere) from the two GSD only days, will count as weighted scores towards the total points awarded in the Versatility Competition.  Versatility points will be computed as RAW SCORE plus points.  Although only two qualifying runs receive a weighted score, all other qualifying runs will receive points. 

Conformation:   A dog may compete in both the Versatility Sweeps (a sweepstakes class open only to dogs entered in the Versatility Competition), and in the regular conformation classes.  All dogs participating (and not being excused for DQs or temperament), will receive 25 points for participation in the sweepstakes or in any regular class.  Class placements will be awarded additional points.  Dogs competing in Best of Breed will receive 150 participation points, earning a Select, GV, GVX, or BOB will receive additional points.  

Versatility Sweepstakes:  The purpose of offering a Versatility Sweepstakes class is so all Versatility dogs, even those that are spayed or neutered, may compete and earn participation points in conformation.  The sweepstakes would offer two classes, dogs and bitches, and would be judged following the Futurity/Maturity  finals on Wednesday, October 17, 2018.   The Versatility Sweepstake Judge is Mr. James A. Moses.   This is a non-regular class and must be entered via the Versatility Competition Registration Form.      

Coursing:   The AKC defines the Coursing Ability Test (CAT) as a low stress way to get involved with dog sports as it is designed specifically for newcomers.  It is a pass/fail event and requires minimal training.  The FAST CAT is a straight line 100-yard dash.  A dog will be able to earn a maximum of 20 points (2 Qs in the CAT and 2 Qs in the FASTCAT) in this event.  Coursing does not count toward the three-event minimum for participation in the Versatility Competition.

Dock Diving:   Dogs may earn points for up to eight Splashes (usually there are a maximum of four Splashes offered per day) during the GSDCA national.  Points are earned based on the distance the dog jumps in each Splash.  Dock Diving does not count toward the three-event minimum for participation in the Versatility Competition.

Herding:   Any two qualifying runs that receive a score (Course A, B, C, on ducks, sheep, or cattle) from the GSDCA herding trials (two A/B trials and two C trials), will count as weighted scores towards the total points awarded in the Versatility Competition.  Versatility points will be computed as RAW SCORE plus points.  Although only two qualifying runs receive a weighted score, all other qualifying runs will receive points. 

Obedience/Rally:   Obedience and Rally are combined as one venue since the skills are very similar.  However, dogs may earn 2 raw scores in each event.  Any two qualifying runs that receive a score from the two GSD only days, will count as weighted scores towards the total points awarded in the Versatility Competition.  Because Obedience scores are based on a 200-point scale (unlike the other performance venues that are a 100-point scale) Obedience Versatility points will be computed as 50% of the RAW SCORE plus points.  Rally Versatility points will be computed as RAW SCORE plus points.  Although only two qualifying runs from EACH event (Obedience and Rally) receive a weighted score, all other qualifying runs will receive points. 

Tracking:     Tracking is the only sport in which we are awarding points for previously earned titles because the entries are very limited and dogs without titles are given entry priority over dogs that already have earned the titles.  Tracking will only count as one the three required venues if dogs are entered and qualify at the National.  To encourage people to enter the Tracking test at the National Specialty, dogs entered and qualifying at the National will earn more points than dogs with a previously earned title.