BCOA has two Versatility awards. The Borzoi Versatility Lifetime Achievement Award (BVLAA) is given once, to a borzoi for the titles he earned during his lifetime. The Annual Versatility Award (AVA) can be given every year, to the top 5 borzoi as determined by the number of Versatility points the dog earned for his wins for the award (calendar) year. Wins are titles completed, points and legs earned towards titles, Best of Breed, Best In Field, Group placements, etc.
The purpose of the Borzoi Versatility Lifetime Achievement Award (BVLAA)is to recognize the achievements of any Borzoi who earned at least one title during their lifetime, in each of the three areas: (1) Conformation, (2) Obedience, Rally, Agility, Tracking, and/or Scent Work and (3) Coursing and/or Racing. The only titles accepted are the titles listed in the Versatility Point Table that are worth at least 15 Versatility points. The Borzoi's owner(s) are not required to be member(s) of BCOA, and a person other then the owner can submit the BVLAA application. Documentation for each title must include the dog's registered name. Examples are the title certificate, official show/trial record provided by the organization, screen print from the organization's website, listing in the organization official newsletter, or listing in the BCOA Aristocrat's "New Titles". Submit all documentation with the BCOA Versatility Lifetime Achievement Award application to the BCOA Versatility Award Chairperson. Incomplete, inaccurate or insufficient documentation and applications will be returned.
BCOA's Annual Versatility Award is only open to BCOA member-owned Borzoi. All points accumulated toward the AVA must be acquired after an individual achieves BCOA membership status. The winner of the AVA has the most Versatility points. Titles completed, wins, and points and qualifying legs for titles not completed, must be earned during the award year. The CH title is the only title that can be completed in a previous year and still count for the entry level requirement for the award year, but a CH title completed in a previous year does not get any Versatility Points. To be eligible to compete for the AVA, the dog must have a minimum of one entry level requirement in each of the three areas. Entry level requirements are:
(1) Conformation. A minimum of one conformation point or already have earned the Conformation Championship.
(2) Obedience / Rally / Agility / Tracking / Scent Work. One qualifying leg of any of the obedience or rally or agility titles listed in the Versatility Point Table, or one tracking title, or one of the scent work titles listed in the Versatility Point Table, or a Canine Good Citizen title (CGC, CGCA, CGCU), or the AKC Temperament Test title (ATT).
(3) Coursing / Racing. One point for any of the coursing or racing titles in the Versatility Point Table, or a Junior Courser title (JC), or a Coursing Ability title (CA, CAA, CAX), or a Senior Courser title (SC), or a Master Courser title (MC), or a qualifying leg for a SC or MC.
The following are acceptable as documentation for the titles, wins, points and qualifying legs earned, as required for the BCOA Annual Versatility Award: The title certificate, official show/trial record provided by the organization, screen print from the organization's website, or listing in the organization official newsletter. Acceptable documentation from the organization must include the dog's registered name and date of win, or date the title was completed.
The Versatility Award Chairperson will keep a record of the dogs who won an Annual Versatility Award. listing what wins & titles finished, earned the dog AVA points. Currently, the Top 5 dogs are recognized for these awards each year. Points and qualifying legs for a title not completed, will count only once, for AVA points that earned the dog an award. Example #1: Ivan earns one CD qualifying score (worth 10 AVA points), that along with his other wins and titles finished, totaled enough AVA points for Ivan to win the #1 Versatility Award for 2018. In 2019, Ivan earned two more qualifying legs and finished the CD title. For 2019, Ivan will only earn 20 AVA points, not 30 AVA points, for the CD title, because 10 AVA points were used in a previous year for an Annual Versatility Award. Example #2: Princess earns 8 AKC Field Champion (FC) points (worth 8 AVA points) in 2018, that along with her other wins and titles finished, totaled enough AVA points for Princess to win the #2 Versatility award for 2018. In 2019, Princess earns 3 more FC points, but doesn't have enough total AVA points to win an award. In 2020, Princess earned 4 FC points and finished the FC title, but she only gets 7 AVA points for 2020. The 15 AVA points for the FC title are reduced by the 8 AVA points that were used for the 2018 Versatility award.
DEADLINE: To apply for the BCOA Annual Versatility Award, the applicant must fill out the application form and submit with all the proper documentation at one time to the BCOA Versatility Award Chairperson by January 15 of the year following the award year which is the preceding calendar year. Incomplete applications (lacking information, inaccurate or insufficient documentation) will be returned. The presentation of the award may be delayed pending verification of the documentation.