Janet Larson Versatility Competition 2017

The Janet Larson award computation has undergone a change for this year. The new procedure borrows heavily from the program that has been used by the U.S. Australian Shepherd Association for their Most Versatile Aussie award for many years. A few tweaks, some pretty major, were made to fit our specialty events, but it should still be a very successful revision.

The new procedure uses the actual scores rather than just qualifying status. This should result in superior performances being rewarded. The highest scoring day from each venue will still be the only day that counts for scoring. Obedience and rally have been combined into one venue since they utilize the same skills. Agility was pared down to just Standard and Jumpers with Weaves counting toward the score, but the Premier classes were added. Herding is still the foundation with the most points available overall, and a score in herding is required to continue in the competition throughout the week. The test classes will no longer count toward the award, because they are pass/fail, there is no score to use in tabulation.

Conformation had the biggest change in that an evaluation was added in which dogs will participate in order to earn maximum points from conformation. Additional points can also be earned by entering either Working Sweepstakes or the National show. This change will allow altered dogs to earn points in conformation. It will utilize the score sheet that was developed for the Top 20 award, and dogs will be given a score based on the Border Collie standard. Two judges will score each dog, and the scores will be averaged.

Janet Larson Versatility Competition Revised Rules for 2017

There will be an entry fee of $20 for the Most Versatile Competition. In addition, the entry form must be filled out and submitted by the deadline to ensure being listed in the catalog as entered in the Versatility competition. Competing dogs will also receive a customized
participation rosette.

GENERAL INFO: The Versatility Competition offered at the National Specialty recognizes those dogs that exemplify true versatility by successfully competing in herding and performance competitions. To qualify in the Most Versatile Competition, a dog must earn a qualifying score in HERDING. Scoring for the competition ends on Saturday and the winners will be announced at the Banquet on Saturday evening.

HERDING: HIGHEST QUALIFYING SCORE FROM THE TRIAL CLASSES, SHEEP OR DUCKS, ANY COURSE OFFERED. STARTED THRU ADVANCED. Pre-Trial and Herding Test do not count. If a dog qualifies on more than one type of stock or course, the highest score will apply, with additional points awarded for the additional qualifying score (as noted below). Each trial, each day, will be available for earning points, however only one score will count toward the main (weighted) score. Each additional qualifying score earned on the same day as that score will be counted as detailed below.

Versatility Scores will be computed as follows:

  • Started: raw score
  • Intermediate: raw score plus 5 points
  • Advanced: raw score plus 10 points

Additional Qualifying Score Points will be computed as follows:

  • Started: 5 Points
  • Intermediate: 7.5 Points Advanced: 10 Points

AGILITY: HIGHEST QUALIFYING SCORE FROM A STANDARD or JUMPERS CLASS. Only one qualifying run will accrue weighted points toward the total.

Versatility Scores will be computed as follows:

  • Novice: raw score
  • Open: raw score plus 5 points
  • Excellent/Master: raw score plus 10 points
  • Premier: raw score plus 15 points

Additional Qualifying Score Points will be computed as follows:

  • Agility Novice: 5 Points
  • Agility Open: 7.5 Points Obedience
  • Agility Excellent: 10 Points
  • Premier Agility: 15 points

OBEDIENCE AND RALLY: A dog may earn a qualifying score from obedience OR rally to count toward the versatility score. A dog may earn one additional qualifying score from either obedience or rally in addition to the weighted score.

OBEDIENCE: 50% OF HIGHEST QUALIFYING SCORE FROM A REGULAR CLASS (NOVICE A & B, OPEN A & B, UTILITY A & B) or a PREFERRED CLASS (NOVICE, OPEN, UTILITY)

Versatility Scores will be computed as follows:

  • Novice: 50% of raw score
  • Open: 50% of raw score plus 5 points
  • Utility: 50% of raw score plus 10 points

RALLY: 50% OF HIGHEST QUALIFYING SCORE FROM A REGULAR CLASS (NOVICE A & B, ADVANCED A & B, and EXCELLENT A & B)

Versatility Scores will be computed as follows:

  • Novice: 50% of raw score
  • Advanced: 50% of raw score plus 5 points
  • Excellent: 50% of raw score plus 10 points

Additional Qualifying Score Points will be computed as follows:

  • Obedience Novice, Rally Novice: 5 Points
  • Obedience Open, Rally Advanced: 7.5 Points
  • Obedience Utility, Rally Excellent: 10 Points

CONFORMATION: In order to earn maximum points for conformation, dogs should enter the conformation evaluation. All dogs competing for the versatility awards will be judged against the BCSA AKC Breed Standard. Two judges, who will have qualifications appropriate to judging conformation, will judge the class using the score sheet from the BCSA Top 20 conformation competition. Details on ring procedure will be included in the premium each year. Additional points can be earned by also entering Working Sweepstakes or the National Specialty Conformation show.

Versatility Score will be computed as follows:

  • The conformation score given by the judges – maximum 100 points.

Additional Qualifying Score Points will be computed as follows:

  • Compete in Working Sweeps or National Conformation: 5 Points
  • Win sweepstakes class or national conformation class: 7.5 Points
  • Win major award (BOB, BOS, BOW, AOM, Best in Sweeps, etc): 10 Points

TIES: The entire stock score will be used to break any ties. If the stock scores are even, then the best centerline score will break the tie. If there is still a tie, the fastest time from the highest stock score will be used to break the tie. (Exhibitors should keep Herding score sheets in case of a tie.)

**CONFORMATION: The evaluation will be scored by TWO judges chosen in the following manner: ONE judge selected by the Versatility Committee and ONE judge selected by the Judges’ Education Committee. They will use the score sheet from the Top 20 Competition. Each judge will give each dog a score, the two scores will be added together and averaged
to get the final score for each dog.

Entry Form

Entries close July 28, 2017. The Specialty Co-Chairs have made a decision to not charge an entry fee for the Janet Larson competition. But you must be pre-registered to compete. Email your questions to Lisa Pruka, redborders@msn.com.

Enter online or complete the entry form (do not hit SUBMIT), print the form, and mail it to Lisa Pruka, 10321 Harrison Rd,, Rockton IL, 61072.

Janet Larson Versatility Competition Entry Form 2017

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