Club Trophies and Awards

Club Trophies and Awards

GENERAL INFORMATION AND REQUIREMENTS

Specific trophies, known as Club trophies, have been donated by individuals to be offered through the LRCP for annual competition by its members. All Club trophies remain the property of the Labrador Retriever Club of the Potomac (LRCP) and are offered for continuous competition regardless of the number of times they have been presented.

When the Board of Directors accepts a new trophy, it becomes the property of the LRCP; only the Board has the right to replace a trophy or withdraw/retire a trophy from continued competition. Any changes to the general or specific trophy requirements must be approved by the Board of Directors with due consideration being given to original donor's intent and purpose for the trophy.

Awards are offered by the LRCP, with the approval of the Board of Directors, in recognition of individual accomplishments and/or contributions to the Club.

All trophies and awards are determined annually on a calendar year basis, beginning January 1st and ending December 31st, unless otherwise noted, and will be presented the following year, normally at the membership meeting held during the LRCP Spring Specialty. Once presented, a trophy will remain in the possession of the winner until March 1st of the following year, or other date established by the Board of Directors, at which time it must be returned to the Club Trophy Chairman or another designee appointed by the Board of Directors.

The “year of qualification” will be based on the date that the qualifications for the specific trophy or title are met. It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to provide AKC documentation reflecting all necessary information to support the qualifications for the trophy. All such documentation and application for trophy competition must be submitted to the Club Trophy Chairman no later than March 1st, or other date specified by the Board of Directors following the year of trophy qualification. (per Board approval 11/14/04)

Only wins/qualifications from member and licensed/Sanctioned AKC events will be considered for Club trophies.

Trophies are available to dogs owned and co-owned by LRCP members in good standing, (or in the case of Juniors, sons or daughters of members in good standing) during the calendar year of trophy qualification and at the time of the trophy presentation. The applicant for the trophy must be a member in good standing and have been involved in at least 75% of the trophy requirements unless individual trophy requirements supercede.

Only AKC registered Labrador Retrievers are eligible for Club Trophies. The term dog implies either sex unless otherwise stipulated.

The Club Trophy Chairman, appointed and approved by the Board of Directors, has responsibilities associated with trophies and awards available to the membership of the LRCP. Whereas the Show Trophy Chairman, also appointed and approved by the Board of Directors, has responsibilities associated with the trophies and prizes offered through, and by, the LRCP for wins and qualifications earned by entrants of LRCP's licensed specialty shows. These appointments will continue until the incumbent or the Board deems a new appointment is desirable.

Due to the significant and historical value of the trophies that cannot be replaced, trophy recipients are required to sign an agreement before being allowed to take possession of the trophy. Once possession is taken, recipients are responsible for any damage to a trophy including total replacement with a like or similar trophy if the trophy is destroyed. Any recipient returning a trophy in a damaged condition will continue to be eligible to compete for future trophies, but may not be permitted to take possession of the trophy; this will be decided by the Board of Directors.

All LRCP Club trophies will be engraved at the expense of the LRCP. The Club Trophy Chairman, or another designee appointed by the Board of Directors, shall be responsible for the engraving of the trophies. Usually, the year in which the trophy qualifications were completed (not the year of presentation), the winning dog's AKC registered name; AKC titles, and the name of the owner(s) will be engraved. Continuity with prior engravings relative to content, format and type font will be maintained as closely as possible.

HOW TO APPLY FOR A CLUB TROPHY

Club members applying for any trophy should submit all applicable information not later than March 1, 2012 to:

  • Cheryl Little, Club Trophy Chairman
  • 25 Melanie Hollow Lane
  • Fredericksburg, VA 22405

Questions or for information:

(540) 368-0584 or whisperwoodlabs@cox.net

SPECIFIC TROPHY REQUIREMENTS

The Banner Trophy

In addition to the general trophy requirements covered earlier, the following specific trophy requirements apply to the Banner Trophy. Mrs. Janet Churchill donated the "Banner Trophy" in honor of her American, Canadian, and Bermuda Champion Spenrock's Banner WC. The purpose of this trophy is to recognize the accomplishments of the amateur owner-handler.

This trophy is for the amateur owner-handled Labrador Retriever of the year and is based on the most breed/dogs defeated points awarded for Winners Dog, Winners Bitch, Best of Winners, Best of Opposite Sex to Best of Breed, Best of Breed, Group, and Best in Show wins at AKC licensed/member events. The points will be figured from shows occurring only during the calendar year of qualification. The handler of the dog must be an amateur. For this trophy, any person who has ever held a license as a professional handler shall be deemed a professional and not eligible. Only AKC registered Labrador Retrievers are eligible for Club Trophies. The term dog implies either sex unless otherwise stipulated.

The Brood Bitch Trophy

Mr. & Mrs. Charles Bacon donated the "Brood Bitch Trophy." The purpose of this trophy is to recognize breeding of merit. This trophy is for Labrador Retriever brood bitch of the year whose progeny completed the most recorded AKC breed Championships during the calendar year of qualification. Only the dam needs to be the same. The progeny do not need to be from the same litter, but must have completed their AKC breed Championship during the same calendar year. In the event of a tie, the trophy will be awarded to the dam with the most Champion bitches. In the event of a further tie, the trophy will be awarded to the bitch who's progeny have defeated the most dogs en-route to their AKC breed Championships. Credit will only be given for each dog defeated in competition from Winners or better.

The CH Shookstown Lucifer Trophy

Mr. George Bragaw donated the "Lucifer Trophy" in honor of CH Shookstown Lucifer. The purpose of this trophy is to recognize the accomplishments of both the dog and owner in obtaining an AKC championship as an owner-handled team.

This trophy will be presented to the Labrador Retriever which has defeated the most dogs enroute to its AKC breed Championship. Credit will only be given for each dog defeated in competition from Winners or better. All AKC championship points must have been obtained as owner-handled. Only those points will be counted that are won while the owner of the dog is a member in good standing. The date when the AKC Championship is completed will be the year of qualification.

In the event of a tie, both shall be declared winners and the word "tie" shall appear after the owner's name on the trophy. In the case of a tie, the trophy shall remain in the possession of the Club for the year.

The Obedience Trophy

NOTE: This new trophy has been approved by the Board for competition in 2005; to be awarded for the first time in 2006. (per Board approval 11/14/04)

In addition to the general trophy requirements covered earlier, the following specific trophy requirements apply to the Obedience Trophy.

This trophy is offered by the LRCP and awarded annually to an AKC or AKC/ILP registered Labrador Retriever in recognition of accomplishments in the AKC sport of obedience.

This trophy will be presented to the Labrador Retriever who has obtained an AKC Companion Dog (CD), Companion Dog Excellent (CDX), Utility Dog (UD), or Utility Dog Excellent (UDX) title. The Trophy will be awarded to the dog with the highest combined total (sum) of scores (points) derived from the first three qualifying scores earned for that AKC title. In the event there is a tie in the highest combined totals, a dog completing a higher title will win over a lower title completed; where the title is also at the same level, both will be declared winners, the trophy will be engraved to reflect the tie and it will remain in the possession of the Club for the year.

The Outstanding All Around Labrador Retriever of the Year

As ammended July 2013

Mrs. Barbara Starkey donated this trophy in honor of Foxhanger Summer Madness.

1. To be eligible for the award, the dog does not have to be owner-handled in any of the events to be eligible for this trophy and must be owned or co-owned by a member in good standing of the LRCP.

2. All of the qualification requirements for this trophy must be met with the same dog while owned by the same owner(s). The qualifications a dog earns under one owner does not count if the ownership should change. The exception would be if the original owner decided to accept a co-ownership and did not give up his ownership. In this situation the dog's qualifications would still count.

3. There shall be no time limit in qualifying for the award. When owner feels that his dog has qualified in each category making him eligible for the award, he should submit his records to the record keeper. The records should include AKC official documentation:

  1. date of the event
  2. the name of the sponsoring club and place
  3. place or award earned, in what class, judges(s)
  4. in case of the breed and field events, the number of dogs competing in the class.

4. The dog must qualify in EACH of the three following categories: Conformation, Performance (Obedience or tracking) and Retriever Sports.

  1. To be eligible for trophy submission in any given year, the dog must have accomplished the requirements of at least ONE of the required trophy categories in that submission year.
  2. From the dogs meeting the eligibility requirements in a given year, the winner will be determined by the dog with the higher level of titles to meet the eligibility requirements.
  3. In the event of a tie, the winner shall be determined by the dog which has defeated the most dogs in conformation from Winners or better while meeting the eligibility requirements for this trophy.
  4. The higher obedience class will count over the lower classes and a passed Tracking Test will count over a CD or CDX.
  5. Wins in a licensed field trial will count over sanctioned trials.
  6. In the event of a further tie, the dates of the wins, with the dog qualifying the soonest will be used to determine the ultimate winner.
  7. In order for a dog who has PREVIOUSLY WON this trophy to be eligible for this trophy a second time, the dog must re-qualify in each of the required categories as stipulated in the following.

REQUIRED CATEGORIES:

Conformation

The dog must have been awarded at least one AKC Championship point and defeated at least six other dogs to earn the point. For re-qualification the dog must have received at least one additional AKC Championship point or obtained a Best of Breed win. Once a Championship title is attained, a Best of Breed win, a Judges Award of Merit (JAM) or a Grand Champion title is allowed for requalification. A Best of Breed win or a Grand Championship is considered a higher award than a JAM.

Performance Sports (obedience or tracking)

The dog must earn a title in an AKC performance sport (obedience or tracking). For re-qualification the dog must earn the next higher level AKC title in the same discipline (i.e., obedience earned a CD for initial qualification and a CDX for re-qualification or a Tracking Title).

Retriever Sports (hunting retriever, field or sanctioned trials)

The dog must earn an AKC hunting retriever title (JH, SH, MH, MNH) or earn a Judge’s Award of Merit at a field or sanctioned trial. For re-qualification the dog must earn the next higher level AKC Hunting retriever title, or another Judge’s Award of Merit at a field or sanctioned trial. The Master National Hunter Title (MNH) would be the next allowed title in the AKC Hunt Test scheme after a MH is earned.

The Frat-Rush Trophy

Donated by Terry Nieder in memory of Ch. Terans Frat-Rush, The Frat-Rush Trophy is offered to recognize the best LRCP junior handler handling a Labrador Retriever. The trophy is an antique bronze casting mounted on a natural oak base created by another Board Member, Alice Judah. Juniors applying for the "Frat-Rush Award" must meet the following criteria:

  • 1. Juniors applying for this trophy must have a parent or legal guardian who is a member in good standing of the Labrador Retriever Club of the Potomac, Inc. and the American Kennel Club.
  • 2. The applicant must compete for this trophy showing only Labrador Retrievers.
  • 3. All wins towards this trophy are to be accumulated from AKC shows only. No other registry will be accepted.
  • 4. Applicants must provide AKC statistics that record all wins, to the LRCP Trophy Chairman.
  • 5. This trophy will be awarded at the regular Club membership meeting at the Potomac Specialty in April of each year.
  • 6. The winner will hold the record for the most wins. Please note: Best Junior wins will not be included in the total count. This is for class wins only. Not all shows offer Best Junior. This will give the novice and some intermediate exhibitors the same opportunity along with the more advanced exhibitors. The total number of juniors defeated will decide a tie.
  • 7. At all times "good sportmanship" is required. Any junior who has been reprimanded or who has been disqualified because a bench has been called shall not be eligible to apply for this trophy.