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WRGRC Awards

Points System

General Guidance

To help you, we have provided a tally sheet to help determine how many points you/your dog has earned.

Awards Form

To win an award, you have to ask for an award. For goodness sakes, at least let us know! Fill out this form and send it in to Christine Patteson for the next WRGRC Annual Awards (mailing address is in the "members access" section of the webpage). Club awards and honorifics can be found on this awards page (the one you are currently reading). There is a new point system for these awards. Check out the link to determine if the rules have changed, as they apply to you!

Agility Awards

top agility award

Top Agility Award

Donated By White River Golden Retriever Club - 1997

WRGRC Top Agility Dog Trophy Presented to the dog with the most agility points. If there is a tie, all names will be engraved, and the trophy will be shared equally. Awarded annually at the awards banquet.

Certificates are given for 1st through 4th place.

Combination Awards

top agility award

Three Way Trophy

Donated by White River Golden Retriever Club - 2001 (orig. 1972-2000)

This award is given for achievement in the following phases (Obedience/Tracking, Conformation and Field). To compete for this trophy a dog must first qualify (and a crate tag is awarded for qualification) in all three areas.

The three way qualified dog earning the most club points in the calendar year wins the trophy. This award replaced the retired Three Way Trophy, which was first presented in 1972 and retired in 2000.

Certificates are given for 1st through 4th place.

Bekens Missouri Traveler X-tra Mile Challenge Trophy

The Bekens's Missouri Traveler, UDT WCX -X-TRA Mile Challenge Trophy

Donated by Beth & Ken McCormack - 2010 (orig. 1991-2009)

The Bekens Missouri Traveler, UDT-WCX - "X-TRA Mile" Challenge Trophy (combined obedience / field award) is awarded to any dog or bitch who earns the title of CDX or TDX along with a WCX. The CDX/TDX and WCX do not have to be earned within any certain time limit. The dog must be owner trained and handled while working toward degrees. If more than one person qualifies for this award, the trophy will be shared equally. All winners' names will be engraved on the trophy. The original trophy was retired in 2009, replaced by this trophy. The award is presented annually at the banquet.

CH Cara's Moonraker UDT Memorial Trophy

CH Cara's Moonraker UDT Memorial Trophy

Donated by Carolyn Richardson - 1985

Ch Cara's Moonraker UDT Memorial Trophy: This is awarded to honor the White River CH and UDT dogs, and is a combined conformation, obedience and tracking award. The perpetual plaque is engraved and a personalized framed photograph of the dog is given to the recipient. The award is presented annually at the awards banquet. The winners will also receive an individual plaque ordered by Carolyn Richardson.

Field of Dreams Award

Field of Dreams Award

Donated by Susan Steffey - 1997

This trophy, donated in memory of U-CD Gandalf's Field of Dreams CDX WC, is presented annually to a dog that has successfully participated or competed in three of the following four activities-obedience, field, agility or tracking and completed community service. Points are based on the point system for the various venues and the number of community service hours accumulated. The dog receiving the highest point total wins the award. They must have qualifying scores or titles in three of the following four areas:

In addition they must have at least six credits or hours in community service/pet therapy. All 6 hours cannot be accumulated in one event or visit. The award is presented annually at the banquet.

Sun Dance Raggedy Ann Challenge Trophy

Sun Dance Raggedy Ann Challenge Trophy

Donated by Kris Kothe - 1977

Combination Conformation Obedience Award: The Sun Dance's Raggedy Ann, CDX, Challenge Trophy is awarded to the member whose dog earns the most points participating in conformation and obedience. The dog must be awarded WD/WB at two shows thus winning points, and earn at least two qualifying legs toward a CD, CDX, or UD. For a dog with a conformation Championship, two BOS or BOB wins would satisfy the conformation component. TD certification plus a TD pass would qualify as two obedience accomplishments. A TDX or a VST pass would satisfy the obedience component.

Certificates are given for 1st through 4th place.

Conformation Awards

top conformation award

The Amberglo Kennels Overall Conformation Trophy

Donated by Ray and Ilene Crawford - 2006 (orig. 1971-2005)

The Amberglo Kennels Overall Conformation Trophy requires that the winner must have accumulated at least 15 club points. The dog may be shown by a professional handler or by an amateur or by the combination. The original trophy was retired in 2005, replaced by this trophy. The award is presented annually at the banquet.

Certificates are given for 1st through 4th place.

first amateur award

The Tempo Golden Amateur Trophy

Donated by Sheila & Pete Huser - 1972

The Tempo Golden Amateur Trophy To be awarded annually to the an amateur handled Golden Retriever that has the highest score in conformation based on the point system. This award is presented annually at the banquet.

Certificates are given for 1st through 4th place.

second amateur award

Amateur Second Place Conformation Award RETIRED 2005

Vagabond Kennels & Violet F Topmiller - 1982 (orig. 1972-1981)

Am Can Ch. Sun Dance Vagabond Lover, CDX, Can CD Conformation Award. To be awarded annually to the 2nd highest score in conformation based on the WRGRC point system. The award is presented annually at the banquet. This award replaced the retired Amateur Second Place Conformation Award, which retired a year earlier, after first being presented in 1972.

top dog award

Top Dog Award

Donated by Debbie Beemer - 2009

This trophy is being donated by Debbie Beemer in memory of CH Oak Lane's Light Up the Night, "Lazer". Laser was Debbie's first show dog and first owner handled Champion. This trophy will be a 17 x 12 1/2 matted and framed print by Kathy Hagerman entitled "In Golden Light", with a separate walnut base that will display the picture and has storage space for pictures of each winner. The picture can also be displayed separately. This is to be awarded annually to the male dog accumulating the most club points in conformation providing the dog and owner fulfill all of the criteria of the WRGRC Awards and Points System. This is an award for the owner handled dog, not a professionally handled dog. The dog must be handled by the owner or a non-professional handler (i.e. a family member or friend). If the dog is co-owned by a professional handler, none of the points earned by this dog while being handled by that owner (the professional) will count towards the award. In case of a tie this award is to be shared equally. This award will be presented annually at the awards banquet.

Certificates are given for 1st through 4th place.

top conformation bitch award

The Top Winning Bitch of the Year Award

Lisa Halcomb - 1986 (orig. 1972-1985)

Top Conformation Bitch of the Year Award to be awarded annually to the bitch accumulating the most points in conformation providing the dog and owner fulfill all criteria of the WRGRC awards and point system. Presented Annually at the banquet. This award replaced the retired Top Conformation Bitch Award, which was first presented in 1972 and retired thirteen years later in 1985.

Certificates are given for 1st through 4th place.

Junior Showmanship Awards

top jr. handler award

Top Junior / Senior Handler Award

Donated by Alvin & Pat Ritz - 1978

Top Junior/Senior Handler Trophy: For the junior member accumulating the most points during the junior showmanship and regular conformation classes according to the club's junior point scale. Presented annually at the banquet.

There is no Junior Trophy for Field or Obedience. A crate tag will be awarded for any titles earned.

Field Awards

The WRGRC Overall Field Trophy

The WRGRC Overall Field Trophy

Donated by White River Golden Retriever Club (orig. 1971-1973,1974-1986)

The WRGRC Overall Field Trophy requires that the winner accumulate a minimum of 5 club points including at least one JAM or higher placement, WCX, 2 JH legs, or a SH or MH leg. There is no minimum requirement for other field trophies. This award replaced the retired Fourwinds Annual Field Award, which was donated by White River Golden Retriever Club in 1974. The Fourwinds Annual Field award itself replaced the first retired Way-Rene's Golden Oak Field Award, which was donated by Buckskin Kennels Dick & Judy Collins, first presented in 1971, and subsequently retired in 1973.

Certificates are given for 1st through 4th place.

Derby Dog of the Year

Donated by Carolyn Richardson (orig. 1973-1999)

Derby Dog of the Year Trophy, donated in memory of Cara's Hail to the Chief CDX WC, is awarded annually to the dog who wins the highest number of Derby points according to WRGRC point system. A Derby Stake is offered to dogs aged 6 months to 2 years. It is generally the field stake where young dogs start. Since there are so few opportunities for this award to be given, also qualifying would be those young dogs in the same age category that have received a WC or JH. The award is presented annually at the banquet. This award replaced the retired Derby Dog of the Year Award, which was donated by Donated by Barton & Carolyn Richardson in 1973, and subsequently retired in 1999.

Certificates are given for 1st through 4th place.

Obedience Awards

OTCh Driftwoods Photo Finish Top Obedience Dog Award

Donated by Rich Strong (orig. 1971-1981,1982-2000)

Overall Top Award: The OTCH Driftwood's Photo Finish Trophy requirements - that winner must have completed a CD and a minimum of 6 club points. If the dog has no CD yet but has a HIT and 6 points, the dog is eligible for the trophy. The club member may be a professional or an amateur. In 2001, this award replaced the retired OTCh Sancy's Georgie Girl UDT Top Obedience Dog Award, which originally donated by Bob and Virginia Ball in 1982, and retired in 2000. This was actually the second top obedience dog trophy, replacing the original CH Sun Dance's Taffetta Doll CPDX Top Obedience Dog Award, retired in 1981 after 10 years of activity. The original award was donated by Bill and Shirley Worley.

Certificates are given for 1st through 4th place.

The Am. and Can. Ch. Sun Dance's Vagabond Lover CDX, Can. CD Amateur Traveling Trophy for Obedience

Donated by Vagabond Kennels & Violet F Topmiller 2007 (orig. 1972-2000, 2001-2006)

The Am. & Can. Ch. Sun Dance's Vagabond Lover, CDX, Can CD Amateur Traveling Trophy for Obedience. Awarded annually to the owner-amateur handled Golden Retriever who accumulates the highest score in obedience, based on the WRGRC club point system. The award is presented annually at the banquet. The replacement shown was first presented in 2006, after the first replacement was retired in 2005. That one was presented first in 2001, replacing the original, also donated by Vagabond Kennels & Violet F Topmiller, originally donated in 1972 and retired in 2000.

Top Novice A Perpetual Award

Donated by White River Golden Retriever Club

Top Award Performance in Novice A Awarded to the dog accumulating the most points in Novice A competition during the year: This is a perpetual plaque, non retire-able, and the owner must be a member of WRGRC in good standing. Point system follows the club points described above.

Certificates are given for 1st through 4th place.

Rally Awards

One Ash Coner O'Clonmacnoise CDX, RAE, AX, AXJ Top Rally Award

Donated by Deb Abbott & Conner - 2008

One Ash Coner O'Clonmacnoise CDX, RAE, AX, AXJ Top Rally Award is for the dog and handler who earn the most club points in Rally. If there is a tie, this "Conner" award is to be shared. This award is presented annually at the banquet.

Certificates are given for 1st through 4th place.

Tracking Awards

Goldrush's Feather Fetcher CD TDX, TDX Challenge Award

Donated by Steve & Janet Ripley - 1986

Goldrush's Feather Fetcher, CD, TDX Tracking Dog Excellent Challenge Award for the dog and handler earning a TDX in the calendar year. It is to be shared if more than one dog earns a TDX in the year and all winners names shall be engraved on the trophy. It is presented annually at the banquet.

CT Cabin Creek's Spring Promise CD, WC Variable Surface Tracker Challenge Award

Donated by Steve & Janet Ripley & - 2005

CT Cabin Creek's Spring Promise CD WC Variable Surface Tracker Challenge Award. The award is presented to the dog and handler that earns the VST Title in a calendar year. If there is a tie, all names will be engraved and trophy will be shared equally. Presented annually at the awards banquet.

CT Cabin Creek's Spring Promise CT Honor Roll

Donated by Steve & Janet Ripley - 2005

CT Cabin Creek's Spring Promise CD WC CT Honor Roll presented to the dog and handler that earns the CT Title in a calendar year. If there is a tie, all names will be engraved and trophy will be shared equally. The award is presented annually at the banquet.

Community Service

Therapy Dog of the Year Award

Donated by Carolyn Wheeler - 2009

This annual award, donated in memory of Reaver's I.B. Tanner, is be given to the dog and partner having the most contact therapy hours during a calendar year. The hours must be in an outside facility providing care or encouragement to others; including but not limited to hospitals, nursing homes, hospice settings, assisted living centers, patients' homes, etc. It also includes libraries and schools where dogs are involved in reading programs - encouraging children with reading difficulties to read to dogs. This is not intended to be a competitive trophy but rather a way to recognize the teams who are committed to therapy work.

  1. This trophy will be awarded to the dog with the highest total hours earned per year with a minimum of 15 hours.
  2. The hours are to be with an organization such as a hospital, hospice, retirement center, school, library, nursing home, etc.
  3. The hours reported are to be actual contact hours, not including travel time, prep time, etc.
  4. If the same person wins this award 3 consecutive times, it will not be retired. The intent is to encourage participation. If someone is doing the volunteering, they should be eligible.

Distinguished Service

The Distinguished Service Award In memory of Harry Tripp

Donated by White River Golden Retriever Club - 1980

This annual award, donated in memory of Harry Tripp for his many years of service and leadership to WRGRC, is given to a member whose service to the club is deemed to be outstanding. Club members may nominate individuals. The final determination is made by an award committee composed of the three most recent recipients of the award. The recipient has his or her name inscribed on the Club plaque and also receives a personal plaque. The recipient then joins the award committee for three years, replacing the retiring winner. Members can receive this award more than one time.







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