BCLRC Annual Trophies and Annual Awards
Our club has several annual awards that are presented at our Awards Meeting in April of each year.
The following criteria are effective as of September 21st., 2017. In order to be considered applicable toward annual trophies and awards, the owner must be a member in good standing of the BCLRC for a minimum of one year and is an active participant in Club affairs and is in good standing with the CKC. If a member's membership has lapsed because of dues being in arrears, their activities may not be considered towards these awards. Only Labrador Retrievers are eligible for annual trophies and versatility awards with the exception of the Hunting Dog of the Year Award. The dog must be owned or co-owned by the member applying and possess an individual CKC registration, Event Registration Number (ERN) or Performance Event Number (PEN). Unless otherwise noted, only accomplishments earned in Canada will be considered.
BCLRC Annual Awards
This award is based on all wins by the Puppy before the age of twelve months and will be counted in the calendar year in which he/she reaches one year of age. Show Puppy of the Year will be determined on the basis of wins in Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) conformation shows. The highest number of points attained at a show to will go towards the annual number of points.
Ten bonus points will be awarded if the wins occur at a breed specialty.
For the BCLRC specialty, the puppy will also earn 1 bonus point for each puppy defeated, not including the puppy being considered.
Best Puppy in Breed 5 points
Best Puppy in Group 15 points
Best Puppy in Show 25 points
Specialty bonus + 10 points
BCLRC specialty bonus + 1 point per dog defeated
As an example, if a puppy wins Best Puppy in Show, the dog will be credited with 25 points for that show, not 5 + 15 + 25. If the show was a breed specialty (e.g. Island Pacific, Labrador Retriever Club), an additional 10 points will be earned for a total of 35 for that show.
This award is based on the largest number of Labradors defeated in Breed competition in licensed CKC conformation shows.
Only Labradors with the following placements may count defeats as follows:
Winners Dog/Bitch, - count all Labradors of the same sex defeated in class competition
Best of Winners - count all Labradors of both sexes defeated in class competition
Best of Breed - count all Labradors defeated in the competition
Best of Opposite Sex - count all Labradors defeated of that sex
At the BCLRC Specialty Show recognized placements will be the above plus the following:
1st in Class
Best Canadian Bred
Judge's Award of Merit
Three (3) points will be awarded for each breed defeated. ie: If 12 breeds compete in the group then:
1st in group would defeat 11 breeds and get 3 x 11 = 33 points
2nd in group would defeat 10 breeds and get 3 x 10 = 30 points
3rd in group would defeat 9 breeds and get 3 x 9 = 27 points
4th in group would defeat 8 breeds and get 3 x 8 = 24 points
Best in Show One Hundred (100) bonus points will be awarded.
In determining the number of dogs defeated DO NOT count the dog being considered for this award and remember to subtract for absentees, if known.
This trophy will be awarded to the Labrador that earns the highest number of Open points in CKC field trials. Fifty bonus points will be awarded to a dog that has qualified for the National Retriever Championship stake.
This trophy will be awarded to the Labrador that earns the highest number of Amateur points in CKC field trials. Fifty bonus points will be awarded to a dog that has qualified for the National Retriever Championship stake.
This trophy will be awarded to the Labrador that earns the highest number of Qualifying points in CKC field trials.
The "Sting" trophy will be awarded to the Labrador that has earned at least 10 junior Qualifying points in CKC field trials.
This trophy will be awarded to the Labrador that has earned the highest number of junior points in CKC field trials.
This trophy will be awarded to the Labrador puppy which won first place at the puppy stake run at the club's field trial event.
Hunting Dog of the Year
Donated by Bonnie & Gord McGhie
Awarded in celebration of the First Dog in Canada to earn the title GRAND MASTER HUNTER, "ALICIA", CHOICE ACTION ALICIA, WCX, GMH Trained and Handled by Geoff Cake.
To be awarded annually to the Club Member's dog accumulating the highest number of hunt test points from Canadian Kennel Club approved hunt tests in one year. Points are based on the following formula and applied to qualifying legs and titles awarded from January 1 to December 31st in any one year. Only legs and titles completed in the calendar year count for points that year. There is no carry over of points from one year to the next. Legs for a title may be earned in more than one year but only those legs and titles earned in the year under consideration are considered for the trophy.
Junior Hunter qualifying legs count for 1 point per leg to a maximum of 4 points.
Junior Hunter qualifying legs count for 1 point per leg to a maximum of 4 points. Junior legs completed beyond the first four are no longer counted.
The Junior Hunter Title is counted as 1 point. Maximum Junior Hunter Points are 5 points.
Senior Hunter qualifying legs count for 2 points per leg to a maximum of 8 points. Senior legs completed beyond the first four are no longer counted. The Senior Hunter Title is counted as 2 points. Maximum Senior Hunter Points are 10 points.
Master Hunter qualifying legs count for 3 points per leg with no maximum points in any one year. Master points earned after the Master Hunter Title is earned will continue to count for 3 points except for those earned within the same year as the Grand Master Title is earned (see below). The Master Hunter title is counted as 3 points. No maximum Master Hunter points until the Grand Master title is completed.
Grand Master Hunter Master Hunter qualifying legs will continue to count as 3 points each until the calendar year when Grand Master Title is earned. Any Master legs earned within the same calendar year as the Grand Master Title is earned will count for 5 points per leg. Grand Master Hunter Title is counted as 5 points. The calendar year, following the year that the Grand Master Title is earned, the Grand Master dog is no longer eligible to compete for this trophy.
It is possible for a dog to count as many legs and titles as they qualify for in any one calendar year subject to the above maximums for each title. Examples of how this point formula works include:
If a dog qualifies for all the legs for a Junior and Senior Title in one year, the dog would have 14 or 15 points depending if they completed 3 or 4 Junior legs.
A Senior plus Master Title would be worth 28 points if all legs for both titles were completed in one calendar year
Five legs plus a Master title would add up to 18 points
If 2 more Master legs are completed along with the Master legs and title above it would add up to 24 points.
A dog who completes the last three legs need to earn a Grand Master Title would receive 5 points for each leg earned in the year of the title plus 5 points for the title for a total of 20 points.
If a tie in points occurs, the dog earned the highest title in the year will be the winner. If that does not resolve the tie, it will be shared jointly for the year.
If the BCLRC Society makes a decision not to continue to award this trophy as stipulated here or if the society/club is dissolved, the trophy will be returned to Geoff Cake. If that is not possible, it will be returned to Gord McGhie. If that is not possible, it will be returned to Barry Kolodychuck. Any changes made to the awarding of this title will need to be approved by Geoff Cake. If that isn't possible, approval for change will follow the order above.
The annual Competitive Obedience award is based on the CKC point system with the addition of points being recognized in Novice.
In the event of a tie, the highest individual qualifying score will be used, with a Utility score being worth an additional 3 points, Open 2 points and Novice 1 point. For example, if two dogs have a total of 100 points and the highest qualifying score is 198, the dog that obtained the score in Open will receive 102 points and the dog that obtained the score in Utility will win with 103 points.
The annual Rally Obedience award is based on the CKC point system with the aditionof points being recognized in Novice.
In the event of a tie, the highest individual qualifying score will be used, with an Excellent score being worth an additional 3 points, Advanced 2 points and Novice 1 point. For example, if two dogs have a total of 100 points and the highest qualifying score is 98, the dog that obtained the score in Advanced will receive 102 points and the dog that obtained the score in Excellent will win with 103 points.
Versatile Dog (Teak Award)
Donated by Heather Ferguson
This trophy is to be awarded to the dog that actively participates in the most different types of events.
Gordon Ferguson's Teak was primarily a field dog. She was high point qualifying dog in Canadian Field Trials for 1998. She did, as an aside, therapy work, obedience, agility, flyball, carting (draft dog). She had just started tracking and at home was an assistant dog for Heather's late father, picking up things he dropped, getting drinks from the fridge - she could open and closed the door plus alerting if he fell. The challenge was, as it was felt by many handlers that field dogs could only do field, that it would be too confusing and beyond their focus to do other things, as well as reducing their ability to compete in Field Trials.
The original intent was to have a field dog that showed versatility in other events, at least two, in order to qualify. The dog does not have to be primarily a field dog, as long as the dog is actively participating in multiple events. Participation is defined as showing/competing in sanctioned shows, tests, trials or matches by Canadian organizations (i.e. CKC, AAC, CARO). It also includes taking classes, seminars and training towards skills such as search and rescue.
A title is not a prerequisite and doesn't influence the award system. Example: Dog A may title in show and compete in obedience and field work, but Dog B participates in show, field, obedience, and agility then dog B is the more versatile. Events of the same type are considered to be one, due to the similar nature of the skills required. Field work (field trials, hunt, working certificate) are considered to be one event. Obedience work (traditional obedience, rally, canine good neighbour) are also considered to be one event. It is also for Canadian events only.
When presented the Club agreed to honour the spirit of the award and follow the guidelines laid out. If no Lab meets the qualifications of participating in three separate events then it is not to be presented for that year. These criteria are not subject to change, as per the donor, Heather Ferguson (June 04, 2006)
Donated by Cheryl Young
The award is offered in memory of the exceptional performance in 2005 of CH Makaila's Black Saxon, JH WC CD, call name "Oban" owned by Sandra and Paul Bunt. Oban was lost in a tragic accident late that year before he was three years old after having earned his CD, JH and CH within a 12 month period. This award is an achievement award presented by the BCLRC as an annual award when a Labrador Retriever owned by a member of the Club displays performance excellence and versatility of skills, typical of the Labrador breed, as follows:
Before the age of three years, the dog earns titles in three separate disciplines at events sanctioned by the CKC in Conformation, and Hunt Test or Field Trial, and Obedience. All contributing legs and points must be achieved within a 12 month period.
Nancy Ingham Memorial Versatility Awards
The innate abilities, instincts and intelligence of Labrador retrievers have led to the popularity of the breed as companions, sporting and working dogs.
The purpose of the Versatility program is:
In order to apply to for these awards, the owner must be a member in good standing of the BCLRC for a minimum of 1 year and is an active participant in Club affairs. The Awards are lifetime as opposed to annual awards. Achievements are accumulated through the lifetime of the dog.
Achievements that go towards the Versatility Award are carried forward to the Versatility Excellent Award. Unless otherwise stated, Canadian and American achievements are eligible as criteria.
The Versatility Award requires three achievements in a minimum of three categories. The Versatility Excellent Award requires six achievements in a minimum of four categories. For both awards, one of the achievements must be in the field category. Only one achievement at each level in a category will be counted. For example, if a dog has earned both CKC and AKC agility novice jumpers with weaves title, only one of these will be counted. Please make sure you specify whether you are applying for the Versatility award or the Versatility Excellent award.
Field (WC, Hunt tests, Field)
Other: CGN, Draft, Temperament test, Therapy, Flyball, Herding, Nosework, working dogs (SAR, assistance etc).
Dog A has earned a CKC CGN, CD, CH, WC/JH, and WCI. (5 achievements)
Dog B has earned a CKC CD, JH, CH (3 achievements)
Dog C is not eligible. Although it has earned a CKC WC/JH WCI, AgN (3 achievements), the achievements are only for 2 categories.
Dog D has earned a CKC CGN, WC/JH, AgNS/AgNJS. It has earned AKC RN, RA and RE titles. It also participates in 7-10 Therapy dog visits each year. (7 achievements)
Nancy Ingham was an Honorary Life Member of the BC Labrador Retriever Club and a respected breeder. Her kennel Envercreek produced many award-winning and titled dogs, but most importantly great companion dogs that exhibited all the traits of a well-bred Labrador Retriever.
Nancy was widely known for enthusiastically promoting and supporting Labrador owners to become involved in working with, showing, and handling their dogs, and for countless years she helped to organize field, hunt, obedience and conformation events sponsored by the Club.
In April 2022, the BC Labrador Retriever Club renamed the Versality Awards as the Nancy Ingham Memorial Versatility Awards as a tribute to her friendship to so many in the working and sporting dog world, and to her dedicated promotion of the versatile Labrador Retriever.
John Hatfield Memorial Award for Sportsmanship
In January 2021 the BC Labrador Retriever Club established the John Hatfield Memorial Award for Sportsmanship. Unlike the other awards presented by the club, which recognize the achievements of exceptional dogs, this award is presented to an individual member of the club who exhibits the qualities of sportsmanship that so distinguished lifetime member John Hatfield.
John was a lifetime member of the BC Labrador Retriever Club and an iconic presence at Hunt Tests, Field Trials and training events throughout BC. He readily gave of his time to judge events for clubs all across Western Canada and was known by all who had the privilege to run under his judging as fair and especially encouraging of new handlers. John's love of nature, outdoor pursuits and wilderness preservation also distinguished and deepened his approach to the sport.
Sportsmanship is an ethos or aspiration that the sport is to be enjoyed for its own sake regardless of winning or losing. And a true sportsman is fair and generous with their interactions with others.
The John Hatfield Memorial Award for Sportsmanship is to be awarded annually to a member of the BC Labrador Retriever Club who best exemplifies the attributes of sportsmanship, and as a means to remember and celebrate John's impact and how he contributed to our sporting community.
Club members are invited to submit nominations including a brief rationale in support of the nomination to the Secretary. A committee familiar with both the Club and John Hatfield shall make the selection.