Standing Rules of the Board of Directors

I. Awards

    1. National Specialty Perpetual Trophies are maintained in the hands of GSMDCA members only and awarded at the annual Awards Banquet and listed in the Awards Program. As such, in accordance with AKC rules, Perpetual Trophies are not listed in the National Specialty Premium List. The Perpetual Trophies may be present at the photographer’s stand for formal photographs.

        1. Winners who are club members in good standing shall:

          1. maintain custody until requested to clean and ship item for the next National Specialty

          2. engrave the names of the winning dog and owner thereon,

          3. submit receipts for reimbursement of engraving and ground shipping

          4. replace any challenge trophies lost, damaged or destroyed while in their possession

          5. If the winners do not wish to assume responsibility for the challenge trophy, they may request that the GSMDCA engrave, hold and forward said trophy to the subsequent year’s National Specialty Chair.

        2. Best of Breed at the National Specialty. A one-of-a-kind bronze sculpture of a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog created by Caryl Castleberry offered by an anonymous donor.

        3. Best Puppy in Sweepstakes at the National Specialty. The Summons Memorial Trophy is awarded in honor of Howard and Gretel Summons, founding members of the GSMDCA and outstanding influences on the breed.  A loving cup offered by the GSMDCA.

        4. Highest Regular Obedience Qualifying Score with a GSMDCA Working Title at the National Specialty: The Bill Faure Memorial Trophy.   A trophy offered by Friends of Bill Faure.  For purposes of this trophy, a GSMDCA working title is defined as a weight pull, pack dog or draft dog title accepted by the GSMDCA. Initiated in 2006 at the Snowmass, Colorado National Specialty.

        5. Most Weight Pulled at the National Specialty. A wine cooler offered by the GSMDCA.

        6. Highest % of Body Weight Pulled at the National Specialty.  The Bit-A-Swissy Bridger-Teton WPDX WWDS ACE Trophy. A Jonathan Bastian carving offered in honor of “Bridger” by Alison & John Woods and Teresa Petterson.

        7. Top Twenty Traveling Trophy at National Specialties where the event is offered. The Diane Engleking Memorial Trophy. The trophy kept in possession of the winner until it is awarded at a subsequent Top Twenty event. At the time of the subsequent events, a smaller version of the trophy will provided to the former winner for permanent possession. The creation of this trophy is not intended to require a Top Twenty Event at any given National Specialty. Initiated in 2007 at the Purina Farms, Missouri National Specialty.

        8. Highest Scoring Dog in Novice A The Carolyn White Memorial Trophy.  A large ceremonial Swiss cow bell offered by Friends of Carolyn White.  Initiated in 2004 at the Lexington Kentucky National Specialty.

        9. Best Brood Bitch A crystal disk etched with an original design by Joel Friesch offered by the GSMDCA.

      National Specialty Memorial/Honor trophies may be donated by club members in honor of a dog or a person and become the permanent possession of whoever wins it the following year. Memorial/Honor trophies are not listed in the National Specialty Premium List but may be present at the photographers stand for formal photographs. Memorial/Honor trophies are presented at the annual Awards Banquet and listed in the Awards Program. One or more Memorial/Honor trophies will be accepted for each class and must be approved by the board.

      • National Specialty Challenge Trophies are maintained in the hands of GSMDCA members only and awarded at the annual Awards Banquet. As such, in accordance with AKC rules, Challenge Trophies are not listed in the National Specialty Premium List. The Challenge Trophies may be present at the photographer’s stand for formal photographs.

        1. Winners who are club members in good standing shall:

          1. maintain custody until requested to clean and ship item for the next National Specialty

          2. engrave the names of the winning dog and owner thereon,

          3. submit receipts for reimbursement of engraving and ground shipping

          4. replace any challenge trophies lost, damaged or destroyed while in their possession.

          5. If the winners do not wish to assume responsibility for the challenge trophy, they may request that the GSMDCA engrave, hold and forward said trophy to the subsequent years National Specialty Chair.

        2. For permanent possession, these trophies must be won three times by the same owner, not necessarily the same dog nor at consecutive shows.

        3. Stud Dog Class 1st The BISS CH Ky Quiet Riot v. Sarmac, ROM  “Rio” Chllenge Trophy.  A hand-crafted piece by Jonathan Bastian, offered by Lori Price.   Initiated in 2000 at the Reno, Nevada National Specialty.

        4. High in Trial Schonste Engi Robertson TD UDX “Enga” Challenge Trophy. A hand painted wooden trophy offered by Dee Montgomery. Initiated in 2002 at the Perry, Georgia National Specialty.

        5. The board is not accepting additional Challenge Trophies. When current Challenge Trophies are retired, the Challenge Trophy designation will cease to exist.

      • Register of Merit: The ROM is awarded to any dog that has produced 10 Champions in his first generation progeny, and to any bitch that has produced 5 Champions in her first generation progeny.

      • The Legion of Merit (LOM) producer – In order to obtain LOM status, a dog must have sired three or more ROMs and a bitch must have produced two or more ROMs. LOM status is based upon offspring only, and does not require the receiver be an ROM or an AKC Champion. This award was established in January 2009 and is retroactive to all GSMD on record.

      • Award of Outstanding Achievement: Award of Outstanding Achievement: (a) Awarded to all Top Ten Winning Conformation Dogs (b) all Top Five Winning Obedience Dogs and to any dog earning the title of Obedience Trial Champion (OTCH), (C) Tracking Dog (TD). To be awarded annually at the GSMDCA Awards Banquet.

      • Owner-Handler Awards: To recognize the achievement of owner handlers in the GSMDCA and encourage owners to handle their dogs to their AKC  To be awarded annually. Grand Champion points can also be counted towards Owner Handler points.

      • Breeder Recognition Award. An award will be presented annually to the Top Producing Breeder of Titles

      • Top Producer of Champions Award Awarded to the GSMD dog and GSMD bitch producing the most Champion get within the previous calendar year. To be first awarded in 2008 for the 2007 calendar year. (Established May 2007)

      • Top Producer of Working Titles Award Awarded to the GSMD dog and GSMD bitch producing the most Working Titled get within the previous calendar year. (Established May 2007)

      • Versatility Register of Merit-Awarded to a dam or sire for a required number of offspring attaining Versatility or Working designations. There are no requirements for the dam or sire, themselves, to earn conformation or working titles. A dam shall be designated a VROM when she has produced three (3) or more offspring having attained VGS or WGS titles. A sire shall be designated a VROM when he has produced six (6) or more offspring having attained VGS or WGS titles. If any of the offspring has attained a VGSX or WGSX, these will quality towards the VROM designation.

      • Versatility Greater Swiss-The Versatility Greater Swiss (VGS) title is awarded to dogs whose achievements have been recognized with at least four (4) conformation, obedience, and performance event certifications.

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