Versatility Certificate Program

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VERSATILITY APPLICATION FORM

BHCA VERSATILITY PROGRAM

 

Versatility Chairperson

Freda Burks

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As stated in its By-Laws (revised 2014), the Basset Hound Club of America, Inc. (BHCA) was formed to do everything possible to bring the natural qualities of purebred Basset Hounds to perfection and to do everything in its power to protect and advance the interests of the breed and to encourage sportsmanlike competition. Basset Hounds compete in conformation dog shows, field trials and hunt tests, tracking tests, agility trials, therapy dog activities, obedience and rally trials, and scent work. 

 

In accordance with this, the BHCA has established the Versatility Certificate (VC) Program and is making available versatility certificates to BHCA member/owners of Basset Hounds who meet the eligibility requirements.

 

When an application has been approved by the Versatility Chairperson, the Basset Hound's and its owner's name(s) will be published in Tally-Ho, and the owner may use the initials “VC” (or VCX or VCM or GVC or GVCX) after the dog's name in advertising and in publications. It should be noted that this is a BHCA title, so it should not be used on entry forms for American Kennel Club (AKC) events.

 

The purpose of this program is to provide an incentive to encourage Basset Hound owners to have their dogs participate in multiple fields of endeavor such as the following:

 

(1) AKC conformation shows or BHCA conformation certificate evaluations to display an acceptance of the breed standard as approved by AKC as the only standard of excellence for the breed. Neutered/spayed dogs ineligible to compete in AKC conformation shows may earn a BHCA Conformation Certificate to be applied towards requirements in the versatility program. Click here to download a Word file with more information about the BHCA Conformation Certificate.

 

(2) AKC field trials, AKC tracking tests, BHCA hunt performance tests, or AKC Scent Work, to demonstrate consistency in scent work (the scent disciplines).

 

(3) AKC obedience, rally, or agility trials or AKC therapy work to demonstrate that the Basset Hound is a useful and reliable partner to mankind (the partnership disciplines).

 

                   GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR 5 LEVELS OF AWARDS:

 

                                          VC, VCX, VCM, GVC, AND GVCX

 

 

 

Versatility Certificate (VC) – Two Options

 

Option 1

 

·Earn eleven (11) VC points from a minimum of 3 of the following disciplines: conformation, field trialing/hunt test, tracking, scent work, agility, or obedience/rally.

 

·Must include conformation and one of the scent disciplines (field trialing/hunt test or tracking or scent work).

 

·Must include a minimum of five (5) VC points from one discipline, three (3) VC points from a second discipline, and two (2) VC points from a third discipline (a minimum combination of 5-3-2 VC points in the three disciplines).

 

Option 2

 

·Earn eleven (11) VC points from a minimum or 4 of the following disciplines:

 

·conformation, field trialing/hunt test, tracking, scent work, agility, or obedience/rally.

 

·Must include conformation and one of the scent disciplines (field trialing/hunt test or tracking or scent work).

 

·Must include a minimum of five (5) VC points from one discipline and two (2) VC points from three other disciplines (a minimum combination of 5-2-2-2 in the four disciplines).

 

·Partial titles may not be included in the 5-2-2-2 requirement, but may be used in addition to the earned 5-2-2-2 combination for the purpose of meeting the conformation requirement.

 

·Additionally, for either option:

 

·VC points are not cumulative within a discipline. Only the points from the highest-ranking title in a discipline are counted. For example, a UD entitles a dog to six (6) VC points. No additional points are awarded for the CDX and CD titles.

 

·Points for earning partial titles are accepted for conformation and field trialing.

 

·It is required that all owners be members of the BHCA.

 

 

Versatility Certificate Excellent (VCX)

 

·Must meet the current requirements for earning the VC.

 

·Must earn at least fourteen (14) VC points in a minimum of three disciplines.

 

·Must have a minimum combination of 5-4-2.

 

·Must have at least 5 conformation VC points.

 

·No partial titles will be counted towards the 14 points.

 

·The therapy discipline may be used to earn the VCX as long as other VCX requirements are met.

 

Versatility Certificate Master (VCM)

 

 

·Must meet the requirements for earning the VCX.

 

·Must earn at least seventeen (17) VC points.

 

·Must include a minimum discipline point combination of 5-4-3.

 

·Must have one discipline point value or 9 OR VC points in both scent and partnership disciplines.

 

 

Grand Versatility Certificate (GVC)

 

 

            This certificate is awarded for earning the Conformation championship (CH) as well

 

            as any two of the following:

 

            Field Champion (FC)

 

            Champion Tracker (CT)

 

            Master Agility Champion (MACH) or Preferred Agility Champion (PACH)

 

            Obedience Trial Champion (OTCH)

 

            Preferred Obedience Champion (POC)

 

            Rally Champion (RACH)

 

            Scent Work Detective (SWD) or Scent Work Master Elite (SWME)

 

 

Grand Versatility Certificate Excellent (GVCX)

 

 

            This certificate is awarded for earning the Conformation Grand Champion (GCH) as

 

            well as any two of the following titles:

 

            Grand Field Champion (GFC)

 

            Champion Tracker (CT)

 

            Master Agility Champion (MACH) or Preferred Agility Champion (PACH)

 

            Obedience Trial Champion (OTCH)

 

            Preferred Obedience Champion (POC)

 

            Rally Champion (RACH)

 

            Scent Work Detective (SWD) or Scent Work Master Elite (SWME)

 

 

PROCEDURE FOR APPLYING FOR A VERSATILITY CERTIFICATE

 

A completed “Basset Hound Club of America Versatility Certificate Program Application for Certificate”, plus necessary verification as described below, shall be submitted to the Chairperson of the BHCA Versatility Committee. The name and address of this person will be regularly published, along with that of the standing committee chairpersons, in Tally-Ho.

 

 

REQUIRED VERIFICATIONS

 

It will be the responsibility of the person making the application to include the necessary verification with the application and/or update form. These will consist of the following: 

 

                  For AKC titles or Certificates or BHCA titles, either:

 

-Photocopies of the document provided by AKC or BHCA

 

-Copies of the AKC Gazette pages indicating that these titles were earned (be

 

-sure all publication dates and page numbers are included)

 

-Copy of the Summary of Title Progression from the AKC web site

 

 

 

For points earned toward partial completion of a title, either:

 

-Copies of the AKC Gazette pages indicating the points earned or

 

-Copy of the Summary of Title Progression from the AKC web site

 

 

 

CHAIRPERSON'S RESPONSIBILITY

 

Upon receipt of a properly completed application, along with pertinent documents, the Chairperson will complete a Versatility Certificate, which will be signed by the Chairperson. The names of the Basset Hound and owner(s) will be published in the next issue of Tally-Ho. At that point, the initials “VC”, “VCX”, “VCM”, “GVC” or “GVCX” may be used after the dog's name in advertisements or publications.

 

 

Revision approved by BHCA Board, October 2017

 

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