Phyllis Dobbs 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 threeof 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.

 

APPENDIX 1:

VERSATILITY COMPETITION POINT SCHEDULE

Agility*

Conformation*

Coursing

Dock Diving

Herding*

Obedience/Rally*

Tracking*

Maximum of two raw scores PLUS points below for every Q on the two GSD only days of Agility competition.  Victor/Victrix earn additional points.

Every participating (not excused) dog receives 25 points plus placement or achievement points in Versatility Sweepstakes and Regular Conformation Classes.  Dogs competing in BOB will receive 150 participation points plus achievement points. 

Coursing is a pass/fail event.  A dog can earn a maximum of 2 CAT Qs and 2 FAST CAT Qs for a maximum total of 20 points in this venue for the Versatility competition.

Dogs may earn points for up to eight Splashes.  Points are earned based on the distance the dog jumps in that Splash. 

Maximum of two raw scores PLUS points below for every Q from the two Trial A/B and two Trial C herding trials at the GSDCA national. RHIT,  HIT and Victor/Victrix earn additional points.

 

Test level classes (Instinct, HT, PT) do not earn a raw score, so they receive the below points for Qs. 

Maximum of 50% of two raw scores PLUS points below for every Q from the two GSDCA Trials at the national.  Since this is an individual award, Brace and Team classes do not count. 

Maximum of two raw scores PLUS points below for every Q from the two GSDCA Trials at the national.  Since this is an individual award, Brace and Team classes do not count. 

Every entered dog with a Tracking Title will receive points towards the Versatility competition but they must be entered in Tracking at the national for it be counted as one of the three required venues.

 

Dogs competing and qualifying at the national will earn the below points.    

Novice 5

Class Participation 25

CAT Q 5

Novice 5

Instinct 15

BN 5

Novice 5

Previously earned title

Open 10 

FASTCAT Q 5

Junior 10

HT 30

Novice 10

Inter 5

Exc 15 

 

 

Senior 15

PT 60

Open 15

Adv 10

TD or TDU 75

Master 20 

4th Place 25

 

Master 20

Started 10

Utility 20

Exc 10

TDX or VST 100

 

3rdPlace 50

 

Elite 25

Inter 15

UDX leg 10

Mas 15

CT 150

 

2ndPlace 75

 

 

Advanced 20

Veteran 10

RAE leg 10

 

 

1st Place 100

 

 

 

WildCard Nov 10

Triple Q 5

 

 

RWD/RWB 50

 

 

 

WildCard Opn 15

 

 

 

WD/WB 50

 

 

 

WildCard Util 20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PreUtility 18

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grad Nov 12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grad Open 17

 

Qualifying at national

 

 

 

 

 

Versatility 18

 

T2B 10

BOB Participation 150

 

 

RHIT 5

RHIT 5

 

TD or TDU 150

Prem 10

Select 150

 

 

HIT 10

HIT 10

Hi Triple Q 10   

TDX or VST  200

Master QQ 10

 

 

 

 

HC 10 

HC 10

CT 300

Agility Victor/Victrix 50

GV or GVx 200

 

 

Herding Victor/Victrix 50

Obedience Victor/Victrix 50

Rally Victor/Victrix 50

 

 (every dog must participate at the national in a minimum of 3 starred events, Obedience/Rally count as one event because of the similarity of training)

 

2018 GSDCA Phyllis Dobbs Versatility Competition
Registration Form

Please complete and return this form no later than September 1, 2018 to:

Julie Degen, 10361 Heddings Road, Catlett, VA 20119

Telephone:651-271-6143,Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Registrations received after September 1 will be eligible to compete in the Versatility Competition but will not be listed in the catalog or receive a customized participation rosette.  No registrations will be accepted after October 6.

 

Registered name of dog & titles (only AKC, CKC and SV titles):

 

AKC Registration #:

 

Call name:

 

Date of Birth:

 

Gender:

□  Male
□  Female

Breeder:

 

Sire:

 

Dam:

 

Owner’s name:

 

Owner’s address:

 

Owner’s phone:

 

Owner’semail:

 

Additional owner(s):

 

Is at least one owner a member in good standing of the GSDCA (identify owner/member name)?

 

Check each venue in which the dog will be entered at the National (must be at least three of the following venues:  Agility, Conformation, Herding, Obedience/Rally, Tracking).  You must enter each venue checked directly with the event secretary, except for the Versatility Sweepstakes which must be entered via this form.

□  Agility

 

□  Conformation

□  Conformation: Versatility Sweepstakes (please submit the $35 entry fee with this form)

□  Herding

 

□  Obedience/Rally

 

□  Tracking

Please list any tracking titles your dog has already earned:

           

 

I acknowledge that I am the owner of the dog listed above and that the information above is accurate and complete.  I understand that to participate in the Versatility Competition, I must enter each event directly with the appropriate event secretary (except the Versatility Sweepstakes, which must be entered via this form); my dog must compete in the venues checked above at the 2018 GSDCA National and that I must fill out and turn in a score sheet to the Versatility Chair each day. 

 

Registration Fee:   Generously donated for 2018 by Friends of Phyllis Dobbs.

Name: ________________________________________________________________________________

Signature: _____________________________________________________________________________

Date:   ____________________________________________________________________