West Highland White Terrier Club of America

Annual Awards Rules

The West Highland White Terrier Club of America presents annual awards recognizing the top West Highland White Terriers in Conformation and Performance. All owners of the winning dog must be WHWTCA members.

Rules Concerning All Annual Awards:

1. All WHWTCA members' dogs are eligible to compete. Points toward all awards will be calculated from the date an applicant's dues are recorded by the Treasurer.

2. The competition period encompasses those American Kennel Club licensed shows/trials held between January 1 and December 31, inclusive, of any given year. Those results published in the American Kennel Club Awards will be the sole authority used in tabulation.

3. Points will be credited to those dogs registered in the name of each member as set forth on the Club's rolls unless the Chairman of the Evaluation Committee is notified in writing to the contrary. Example: A married woman whose membership is recorded under her husband's given name but whose dogs are registered under her given name must send notification that she - Mrs. Thomas A. Smith - is also Susan B. Smith.

4. Where dogs are registered in co-ownership, all owners must be members of the Club for credit to be awarded. Under no condition will any credit be awarded to only one of the owners.

5. Where dogs are owned by a kennel, credit will be given only if all owners of the kennel are Club members. Further, it is the responsibility of the owners to notify the Chairman of the Evaluation Committee, in writing, of the identities of the kennel owners.

6. (a) No credits shall be retroactive in application. (b) Should a lapsed membership be reinstated, wins achieved during the period that the membership was considered lapsed will not be credited. (c) Should any additional party to a co-ownership join the Club, wins for the dogs co-owned will be tabulated from the date of membership forward.

7. It is the members' responsibility to notify the Chairman of the Evaluation Committee of errors occurring in published show results as well as to notify the Show Records Department of AKC, requesting that a correction be printed. The records of the Evaluation Committee will be corrected only upon such publication. In the case of errors in the name of either the owner or the dog, the Chairman of the Evaluation Committee alone shall be notified.

8. In the event the committee has an unresolved interpretation of the rules, authority to make a decision will revert to the Board.

9. The top 3 placing dogs in each category will be listed in the "Westie Imprint."

10. This statement of policy, as revised, is effective beginning with the 2009 competition year.

Annual Conformation Awards

For most dogs defeated in:

These awards will be calculated using show results from a spreadsheet received directly from the AKC.

  1. Puppy Classes, Dogs
  2. Puppy Classes, Bitches
  3. 12-18 Months Classes, Dogs 
  4. 12-18 Months Classes, Bitches 
  5. Bred By Exhibitor Classes, Dogs 
  6. Bred By Exhibitor Classes, Bitches 
  7. American Bred Classes, Dogs 
  8. American Bred Classes, Bitches 
  9. Winners Classes, Dogs 
  10. Winners Classes, Bitches 
  11. Best of Opposite Sex Classes, Dogs and/or Bitches

Awards will be given for the following, based on the Top-Ten Lists published by Canine Chronicle which gets their statistics directly from AKC.

  • Best of Breed Dog – Largest number defeated in Breed Competition
  • Best of Breed Bitch – Largest number defeated in Breed Competition
  • Best of Breed Dog All-Breed – Largest number defeated in All-Breed Competition
  • Best of Breed Bitch All-Breed – Largest number defeated in All-Breed Competition    
  • Best of Breed Dog Owner-Handled – Largest number defeated in National Owner-Handler Competition
  • Best of Breed Bitch Owner-Handled – Largest number defeated in National Owner-Handler Competition

For every other dog or bitch in the Top-Ten Categories listed above, the owner will receive a Certificate of Congratulations recognizing their Excellent Achievement.

Points are awarded as follows:

  1. To qualify for awards in all categories, a minimum of three (3) wins must be recorded within the competition period.
  2. Competition is required for categories 1 through 10. In determining competition, all dogs and/or bitches must defeat another within its own sex which is owned by some other person(s).
  3. Categories 1-8: (a) 1 point will be awarded for each dog defeated in the class (Examples: 2 dogs in class - 1 point; 3 dogs in class - 2 points; 6 dogs in class – 5 points) (b) If the 1st place class dog or bitch is awarded Winners the points will be the total # of dogs or bitches in same sex class competition minus 1 (c) or Reserve Winners the points will be the total # of dogs or bitches in same sex class competition minus 2. (d) No additional points will be awarded for the category of Best of Breed or Best Opposite Sex, unless the Winner takes Best of Breed or Best Opposite Sex with a specials entry being defeated.
  4. Categories 9-10: (a) 1 point will be awarded for each dog defeated in the Winners class. (b) No additional points will be awarded for Best of Breed or Best Opposite Sex, unless the Winner takes Best of Breed or Best opposite Sex with a specials entry being defeated.
  5. Category 13: the dog or bitch must be entered in Best of Breed competition or defeat a specials entry. One point will be awarded for each dog defeated.

Rev. October 2015, effective with the 2016 Competition Year.

Junior Showmanship Award

Presented to that Junior Handler who achieves the most number of wins while handling a West Highland White Terrier during any given competition period. It is not necessary for either the Junior Handler or a member of his/her family to be a member of the Club.

Annual Performance Awards

The purpose of the four awards in each category is to encourage West Highland White Terrier participation and excellence in performance events. The four awards distinguish between the dog that is campaigned (All Scores) and the dog that primarily participates in the "classes," where "Safety" legs do not count toward these awards.

NOTE: Interested members must submit their own trial record in the form of an AKC Dog Report obtainable from the AKC web site for $8. The Performance Committee will verify the top five member's results. Members can submit their results by mail or email. Members can, submit payment of $8 per dog and the Performance Committee will obtain their dogs' records. Make checks payable to "WHWTCA". Submit AKC records for the previous year of competition or $8 per dog to the Annual Performance Awards Chairman by May 1st.

Lysiane Huber, Annual Performance Awards Chairman
3936 W. CR. 100 South
Danville, IN 46122
anamotita@hotmail.com

Obedience Awards

  1. Novice: Dog earning the greatest number of points while qualifying for the CD title.
  2. Open: Dog earning the greatest number of points while qualifying for the CDX title.
  3. Utility: Dog earning the greatest number of points while qualifying for the UD title.
  4. Top Obedience West Highland White Terrier: Dog earning the greatest number of points (all regular classes) in a calendar year without restriction on whether these qualifying legs count toward any title.

Points are awarded as follows:

Annual Obedience Award points are calculated by subtracting 170 from each AKC qualifying score. A perfect obedience score is 200, with 170 qualifying (as long as more than half the available points were earned in each exercise). Subtract 170 from the qualifying score to produce a fair point system for comparing members' level of participation and level of excellence.

Rally Awards

  1. Novice: Dog earning the greatest number of points while qualifying for the RN title.
  2. Advanced: Dog earning the greatest number of points while qualifying for the RA title.
  3. Excellent: Dog earning the greatest number of points while qualifying for the RE title.
  4. Top Rally West Highland White Terrier: Dog earning the greatest number of points (all regular classes) in a calendar year without restriction on whether these qualifying legs count toward any title.

Points are awarded as follows:

Annual Rally Award points are calculated by subtracting 70 from each AKC qualifying score. A perfect Rally score is 100, with 70 qualifying. Subtract 70 from the qualifying score to produce a fair point system for comparing members' level of participation and level of excellence.

Agility Awards

Annual Agility Awards will be offered for Novice, Open, Excellent A and Master Excellent B Regular or Preferred classes based on the following point system:

1 point for Qualifying

2 points for Placing 2-4 or earning 1-5 MACH or PACH points in an Excellent B class.

3 points for 1st place or earning 6 or more MACH or PACH points in an Excellent B class.

Awards and their restrictions are:

Annual Novice Agility Award is awarded to the member's dog that earns the greatest number of points while qualifying for the NA, NAJ, and NF or NAP, NJP and NFP titles. Only legs to qualify for these titles in either regular or preferred height count toward this award and legs in A and B count equally.

Annual Open Agility Award is awarded to the member's dog that earns the greatest number of points while qualifying for the OA, OAJ, and OF or OAP, OJP and OFP titles. Only legs to qualify for these titles in either regular or preferred height count toward this award.

Annual Agility Excellent A Award is awarded to the member's dog that earns the greatest number of points while qualifying for the AX, AXJ, and XF or AXP, AJP and XFP titles. Only legs to qualify for these titles in either regular or preferred height count toward this award.

Annual Master Excellent B Agility Award is awarded to the member's dog that earns the greatest number of points while qualifying in the Regular Standard, Jumpers With Weaves and FAST or Preferred Standard, Jumpers With Weaves and FAST Excellent B classes. All qualifying legs count in Master Excellent B (Regular Standard, Jumpers with Weaves and FAST or Preferred Standard, Jumpers with Weaves and FAST) without restriction on whether these qualifying legs count toward any title.

Points toward this award can be accumulated for either Regular or Preferred classes, but not both. The first title earned determines eligibility for the award. For example, if a dog has earned his NA title and later competes in the Novice Preferred class, legs earned toward his NAP will not count toward the Novice award in any year.

Points are awarded as follows:

  • One (1) point for Qualifying
  • Two (2) points for placing Second through Fourth Place or earning 1 to 5 MACH points in a regular Excellent B class.
  • Three (3) points for First Place or earning 6 or more MACH points in a regular Excellent B class.

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Approved by the WHWTCA Board of Directors on 04/08/2009