KENNEL CLUB AWARDS AND QUALIFICATIONS

There are a number of awards open to exhibits being shown under ‘Kennel Club Rules’; below we try to explain the principal one open to Rough Collie Show exhibitors:

Champion
 

The highest award available to the show collie who must have won three Challenge Certificates, from three different judges providing a least one Challenge Certificate has been won after the Collie has attained 12 months of age. All Champions may prefix their name with the title Ch when completing entry forms or in advertising

 

Challenge Certificates

 

Awarded to the Best of Sex, providing the judge considers the exhibit ‘of such outstanding merit as to be worthy of the title of Champion’, at Championship Shows where Challenge Certificates, more usually referred to as CCs or
Tickets by seasoned exhibitors, are on offer.

 

Reserve Challenge Certificate

 

Commonly referred to as RCC, and awarded to the Rough Collie placed reserve to the Challenge Certificate winner, providing the officiating judge considers the exhibit of such outstanding merit as to be worthy of being awarded the Challenge Certificate should the Challenge Certificate winner be disqualified’, at Championship Shows where Challenge Certificates are on offer

 

Stud Book Number
 

Granted to placed dogs in specified classes at Championship Shows where Challenge Certificates are on offer. In 1992 the Kennel Club introduced a system of graduated Bands, placing each breed into its appropriate band according to the average number of  its entries at Championship Shows where Challenge Certificates were on offer. The Rough Collie is currently in Band D, which means that Rough Collies who are placed First, Second or Third in Open and First in Limit, in addition to those who have been awarded either the Challenge Certificate or the Reserve Challenge Certificate.

   
Junior Warrant
 

The Junior Warrant was first introduced 1938, and has always rewarded the achievements of young dogs. Currently this award, which must be claimed by the owner, is limited to breeds granted Championship status, and points are awarded for wins at both Open and Championship level, the current criteria and application form available from the Kennel Club’s website see Awards. Junior Warrant winners may add the letters JW after a dogs name when completing entries or in advertising.

   
Show Certificate of Merit
 

Introduced in 2003 in an effort to promote the Open Show, applicants must gain points in both Breed and Variety competition, including at Group and Best In Show level. Like the Junior Warrant this award must be claimed by the owner, and the current criteria and application form is available the Kennel Club’s website see Awards. Successful applicants may add the title ShCM after their dogs name when completing entries or in advertising.

   
Crufts Qualifier
 
This is not really an award, but British exhibitors are generally enthusiastic about qualifying any charge for Crufts, and most dogs qualify by gaining a place in specified classes at Championship Shows where Challenge Certificates are on offer. The Kennel Club publish details of the Crufts Qualifier annually.