Trophies

Purpose:

To plan trophy offerings for all classes, solicit trophy donations and track donations for catalog listing. To coordinate all ribbons and ring favors being offered. To be responsible for collecting the money for trophy donations.

Responsibilities:

Timeline:

Budget:

Item
Income
Expense
Trophy Donations
 xxxxx
 
Trophies
xxxxx
Ring favors
xxxxx
Postage  
xxxxx
Phone Calls
xxxxx
Ribbons*(Ribbon cost may be deducted from the entry fee)
xxxxx
Printing
xxxxx
Other
xxxxx
Total
xxxxx
xxxxx

Recommendations:

When you put your committee together you will probably need at least three people to do this job.

Start planning your trophy ideas as soon as possible it always takes longer to get them set up than you think it will.

When planning what trophies to offer use the table at the end of this chapter, it outlines the trophies that must be donated. You can also offer some additional trophies such as Best Puppy, Best Bred-by Exhibitor, High scoring junior handler, High scoring champion, just make sure these are listed in the premium list, they can not be presented in the ring unless they are in the premium list. Rosettes are usually given for all class placements. At the very minimum ribbons are required by the AKC. While ribbons and rosettes can be part of the negotiated superintending package, they may be able to be obtained at lower prices from other sources. Best of Breed and High in Trial are always offered by the BMDCA board of directors.

Get all distributors of trophies to commit in writing the price, number and date of delivery of the trophies they are providing. That way you won't have any unpleasant surprises.

When you set up your trophy donation form make sure you include a space for sentiments or kennel names many people will donate in honor or memory of a special Berner, also include a space for a donation to a general trophy fund and have them put in their first second and third choices for trophies.

Have a trophy sign up list available at the specialty before yours, either at your club's ways and means table or maybe in the hospitality room (or both!). You can also offer the trophy donations to your own club first.

When submitting your trophy list for the premium/catalog list make sure to proof it very carefully for errors because once its in the premium that's the way it has to stay. Include the names of the people that have donated to the General trophy fund on one page in the front of the catalog. You will want to check with your show chairman to determine if indeed you will be listing trophy donors in the premium or if you will just be listing what trophies are being offered. The actual trophy donors can be listed just once in your catalog thus saving printing expense of the premium list.

Trophy donation requests can and should be sent to the Alpenhorn often and don't forget to solicit the regional clubs. Remember, all solicitations need to be coordinated with your publicity chair. Some other sources for trophy donations are businesses around the area where the specialty will be held. Dog food companies, pet stores, vets and miscellaneous dog businesses will also frequently donate trophies. Use your imagination as there are lots of possibilities for trophy donation sources.

Keep very comprehensive records of the donations pledged. All donations should be collected before printed recognitions go to press. This is probably most easily done on a spreadsheet on a computer but if you don't have access to a computer keep track on paper. Make sure you record the check number of the donation, amount and for what, as well as the name, address and phone number of the donor.

Plan to attach a label to each trophy with the name and address of the donor so the recipient can send a thank-you note.

Ring favors can often be a donated item from a company that deals with dogs in some way. Ring favors are not required, but a tradition that members enjoy and look forward to. Try to be creative with ring favors. Using something from the local area is nice or tying them in with your trophy theme for that competition.

Have someone specifically designated to hand out ring favors; it is too much to expect the ring steward to hand these out in addition to their other duties.

When decorating the table for trophies check with the grounds person first, they often have some decorations that are used from year to year that you can use. Don't forget to tell the grounds person well in advance how many tables you will need to display your trophies.

Make sure someone (usually the show photographer) takes a picture of the trophy table for the historian and the Alpenhorn. Be sure to mention this request to the Photo/Video chairman.

For budgeting purposes you will need to add some money from the cost of your trophies to the amount you want donated to cover things like ring favors, postage and phone calls. The cost of ribbons should come from the entry fee, not from your budget.

All trophies not awarded which do not include specialty specific dates or logos become the property of the BMDCA and should be sent to the BMDCA Awards Chairperson.

LIST OF TROPHIES TO BE OFFERED

1st Through 4th Should Be Offered in Each Class

Conformation Trophies - (7 major trophies, 56 class placements, 40 non-regular class placements, 1 major Junior showmanship trophy, 32 class placements)

Regular Classes

Major Trophies:

Best of Breed - offered by BMDCA board of directors
Best of Opposite Sex
Best of Winners
Winners Dog
Winners Bitch
Reserve Winners Dog
Reserve Winners Bitch

Classes:

DOG 
BITCH
Puppy Dog 6 - 9 months  Puppy Bitch 6 - 9 months
Puppy Dog 9 -12 months Puppy Bitch 9-12 months
12 - 18 months Dog 12 - 18 months Bitch
Novice Dog  Novice Bitch
American Bred Dog  American Bred Bitch
Bred-by -Exhibitor Dog  Bred-by-Exhibitor Bitch
Open Dog Open Bitch

Non-Regular Classes

DOG 
BITCH
Veteran Dog 7 - 9 years  Veteran Bitch 7 - 9 years
Veteran Dog 9 - 11 years  Veteran Bitch 9 - 11 years
Veteran Dog 11 years and older  Veteran Bitch 11 years and older
Stud Dog  Brood Bitch
EITHER

Brace ( 2 dogs)
Team (4 dogs)

Junior Showmanship

Major Trophy:

Best Junior Handler

Classes:

Novice Junior
Novice Senior
Open Junior
Open Senior

Obedience

Obedience Trophies - (2 major trophies, 24 class placement trophies, 28 non-regular class trophies)

Obedience trophies should be the same as the conformation trophies. All obedience competitors who earn qualifying scores must receive a green qualifying ribbon or rosette.

Major Trophies:

High Scoring Dog in Trial - offered by BMDCA board of directors
High Combined Scoring Dog in Open and Utility

Classes:

Novice A
Novice B
Open A
Open B
Utility A
Utility B

Non-Regular Obedeince Classes

Graduate Novice
Veterans
Brace
Team (4 trophies per placement)

Sweepstakes Trophies

(3 major trophies, 32 class trophies)

All sweepstakes placements also receive a portion of the entry fees.

Prize money is distributed as such: 25% of total entry fee retained for Club Expenses, 5% to Best in Sweepstakes, 5% to Best Puppy in Sweepstakes, 5% to Best Junior in Sweepstakes. The remaining 60% to be divided as follows:
 

 
If 4 or more in Class
3 in Class
2 in Class
1 in Class
1st Place
40%
50%
60%
100%
2nd Place
30%
30%
40%
3rd Place
20%
20%
4th Place
10%

Major Trophies:

Best in Sweepstakes
Best Puppy in Sweepstakes
Best Junior in Sweepstakes

Classes:

 
DOG
 BITCH
Puppy Dog 6 - 9 months  Puppy Bitch 6 - 9 months
Puppy Dog 9 - 12 months  Puppy Bitch 9 - 12 months
Junior Dog 12-15-months  Junior Bitch 12-15 months
Junior Dog 15-18 months  Junior Bitch 15-18 months

Veterans Sweepstakes Trophies

(2 major trophies, 24 class trophies)

All Veterans Sweepstakes placements also receive a portion of the entry fees.
Prize money will be distributed in the same manner as puppy sweepstakes.

Major Trophies:

Best in Veterans Sweepstakes
Best of Opposite Sex in Veterans Sweepstakes

Classes:

DOG
BITCH
Veteran Dog 7 - 9 years  Veteran Bitch 7 - 9 years
Veteran Dog 9 - 11 years  Veteran Bitch 9 - 11 years
Veteran Dog 11 years and older  Veteran Bitch 11 years and older

Futurity Trophies

(2 major trophies, 32 class trophies)

Futurity placements also receive a portion of the nomination and entry fees. Prize money is distributed as such: 25% of total nomination fees will be retained for Club Expenses. The remaining 75% to be divided as follows:
Owner of Best in Futurity 10%
Breeder of Best in Futurity20%
Owner of Best of Opposite Sex to Best in Futurity.5%
Breeder of Best of Opposite Sex to Best in Futurity5%
The remaining 60% will be divided among the classes in proportion to the entry and will be divided as follows:
 
 
If 4 or more in Class
3 in Class
2 in Class
1 in Class
1st Place
40%
50%
60%
100%
2nd Place
30%
30%
40%
3rd Place
20%
20%
4th Place
10%

Major Trophies:

Best in Futurity
Best of Opposite Sex to Best in Futurity

Classes:

DOG
 BITCH
Puppy Dog 6 - 9 months  Puppy Bitch 6 - 9 months
Puppy Dog 9 - 12 months  Puppy Bitch 9 - 12 months
Junior Dog 12-15-months  Junior Bitch 12-15 months
Junior Dog 15-18 months  Junior Bitch 15-18 months

Tracking, Draft and Agility Trophies

Trophies should be awarded to all dogs with passing performances.