Guidelines for BCCA Trophies

Revised October, 2012

This Page as a PDF file, including the List of Trophies and Awards and the Contract for Trophy Possession.

Definitions:

  1. Challenge trophies: Trophies that are listed in the National Specialty premium list and catalog, and are awarded in the ring at the BCCA National Specialty. They are retired after 3 wins by the same owner, not necessarily with the same dog, nor at consecutive shows. Challenge trophies are subject to Board approval and must conform to all applicable AKC trophy rules. They can be donated to the BCCA by one or more individuals or the Board has the option to use club funds to finance challenge trophies.
  2. Perpetual BCCA trophies: Club trophies that honor a specific achievement within the breed. They are presented at the annual National Specialty banquet. The same trophy is awarded each year to the current winner. In certain cases the actual trophy is retained by the club. Perpetual trophies can be retired only by a majority vote of the Board. They are not listed in the Specialty premium list or catalog and are not awarded in the ring. Since they are not presented in the ring, perpetual trophies do not have to conform to AKC rules. They are subject to Board approval and must conform to any and all rules that the BCCA Board may choose to establish.
  3. Specialty trophies and prizes: Trophies and prizes that are offered for specific placements at the BCCA National Specialty. They are awarded in the ring and must conform to AKC rules. Arrangements are handled by the Specialty Trophy Committee. Board approval is not required.
  4. Existing BCCA trophies: BCCA trophies that were in existence prior to the acceptance of these rules by the Board are considered to be “grandfathered”, and are not subject to them.
  5. Multiple trophies for a single award are permissible.

Board Approval: All trophies offered by the BCCA are subject to Board approval, and must conform to any and all conditions established by the Board.

Eligibility to donate: With Board approval, any individual or group is eligible to donate a trophy, with preference being given to BCCA members.

Trophy donation procedure:

  1. In order to donate a trophy, a formal written request must be made to the Board.
  2. It must include a statement as to
    1. What the trophy will be awarded for
    2. How the winner will be determined
    3. An accurate description of the proposed trophy
    4. Its exact size
    5. Its name
    6. Terms of possession
    7. Other pertinent details

    Multiple trophies for a single award: Multiple trophies for a single award are permissible.

     

    Trophy Names and Engraving:

    1. Challenge trophies must adhere to all applicable AKC trophy naming and engraving rules.
    2. Perpetual club trophies are exempt from AKC requirements, but the details of naming and engraving are subject to Board approval. The Board will decide on the questions of naming after a person, dog, or kennel on an individual basis.
      1. In those cases where a trophy is to be named after a dog, the dog must be a Bearded Collie.
      2. In those cases where a trophy is to be named after a person, that person must have some connection to Bearded Collies.
      3. In those cases where a trophy is to be named after a kennel, that kennel must be a Bearded Collie kennel. However, if that kennel was (is) involved in additional breed(s), it would still be eligible.
    3. Specialty trophies must adhere to all applicable AKC rules if they are to be awarded in the ring.
    4. The details of non-perpetual BCCA trophies and awards are subject to Board approval on an individual basis.

    Retirement and replacement or re-donation of Challenge Trophies:

    1. As provided by AKC trophy regulations, challenge trophies are retired when they have been won 3 times by the same dog owner.
    2. The person retiring a challenge trophy shall have the first option to donate a new one for the same award or to donate the original challenge trophy back to the BCCA. This option expires after a 6-month period.
    3. The original contributors of the retired trophy will then have the second option to donate a new one.
    4. In those cases where trophies are re-donated, it should be done in such a way that there that there is no question as which winners have legs towards retiring the re-donated trophy.
    5. Engraving stating the year it was retired and by whom must be done.
    6. This information must be published in the National Specialty premium list and catalog.

    Possession of Trophies:

    1. Challenge trophies are designated for eleven month possession by the winner.
    2. Perpetual trophies are designated for eleven month possession or they are to be retained by the BCCA.
    3. In those cases where possession is offered to the winner, possession of perpetual trophies is limited to current BCCA members.
    4. If a perpetual trophy is won by a non-member, it shall be retained by the BCCA until the next National Specialty.
    5. The donor of a perpetual trophy will suggest the terms of trophy possession in the trophy proposal.
    6. Final decision is up to the Board.