Versatility Awards are Here!

To recognize our members’ achievements in events with their Kooikerhondjes and to encourage others to participate, we are initiating a new club award, the Versatility Award. This showcases the variety of activities that put Kooikers’ intelligence and athleticism to a test.

The events recognized are listed in the KCUSA Versatility Title Worksheet. Titles earn from 5 to 40 points and points are totaled yearly to determine Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum awards. Events will be reviewed annually and amended based on inputs from our members but must be recognized by the AKC or UKC and generally available countrywide.
The award points are totaled for the life of the dog and not just for titles earned in a single year, but the award levels are calculated once a year. Members must submit the paperwork (KCUSA Award Application) according to the instructions on the worksheet. The forms are due by May 7 this year (or May 16 if you can tell Jennifer what you think you will qualify for by the 7th).

Award winners will be recognized at the annual KCUSA Specialty and their accomplishments celebrated.

In addition to the Versatility Award, we want to recognize exceptional performance in individual events. Obedience scores of 195 or more and Rally scores of 100 will be recognized in the KCUSA newsletter and a certificate of merit awarded at the Annual Specialty. Instructions for submittal are included in the same award worksheet.

FAQs
Q My dog’s been competing for several years, do I only receive credit for this past year’s title?
The award is based on the cumulative point totals for ALL the titles earned by a dog but we will only recognize each new level once a year. So for this, our first year, please submit ALL your dog’s title information.
Q My dog has a title not listed in the worksheet, can I still get some credit?
We’ve tried to include the major events available across the country by the UKC and AKC. As new or other events become available for our Kooikers, we will amend the award points. For this year, we’ll use the events and titles listed but please submit suggestions so we can review for next year.
Q I just started and haven’t earned enough for the Bronze level, should I still submit my info?
We’d love to know who’s participating in what so that we can better serve our members. If you submit what you have now, it will simply be stored in anticipation of a great year next year. Next year you only have to submit the new titles and everything will be totaled for a potential award then.
Q I don’t have my old title certificates. Am I out of luck?
“My AKC” login (free to register) can show what titles a dog has earned. Send the screen shot showing the number of qualifying legs – you may need to send several screen shots as the list may scroll. The UKC offers a points check where they will return an email with the information.
Q My dog passed his/her Canine Good Citizen but I didn’t pay to have the AKC officially title it. Does it still count?
Congratulations! Just include the information in the worksheet with the location and approximate date of the test.
Q When is the award application due?
All titles earned up to April 30 should be included but be submit the application and worksheet by May 7 so we can recognize your achievements at the Specialty.
Q What if my dog’s new title certificate with his/her latest title isn’t available by the May 7 deadline?
Please provide the information on the show and title and we’ll verify when you get it.
Q What if I have more questions?
Contact Jennifer Methlie (jmethlie@comcast.net) with any questions about your application information.