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Obedience and Rally Awards

NOVICE A OBEDIENCE SPRINGER OF THE YEAR
The top three Novice A scores from the award year will be counted. Dogs may compete for this award only in the year the CD title is earned. Update: In the case of a tie, the top four scores will be used to determine the winner, then the top five scores, and so forth, until the tie is broken.

NOVICE SPRINGER OF THE YEAR
The top three Novice scores from the award year will be counted. Scores may come from the A or B classes or from a combination of scores from both classes. Dogs may compete for this award only in the year the CD title is earned. Update: In the case of a tie, the top four scores will be used to determine the winner, then the top five scores, and so forth, until the tie is broken.

OPEN SPRINGER OF THE YEAR
The top three open scores from the award year will be counted. Scores may come from the A or B Class or from a combination of scores from both classes. The Open Springer of the Year Award can be earned only once by the same dog.  To be eligible, the dog must have earned his or her Open title during the award year. Update: In the case of a tie, the top four scores will be used to determine the winner, then the top five scores, and so forth, until the tie is broken.

UTILITY SPRINGER OF THE YEAR
The top three utility scores from the award year will be counted. Scores may come from the A or B Class or from a combination of scores from both classes. The Utility Springer of the Year Award can be earned only once by the same dog.  To be eligible, the dog must have earned his or her Utility title during the award year. Update: In the case of a tie, the top four scores will be used to determine the winner, then the top five scores, and so forth, until the tie is broken.

OBEDIENCE SPRINGER OF THE YEAR
The top five "high combined open and utility" scores from five obedience trials held during the award year will be counted. Update: Scores may come from the Open B class in combination with scores from either the Utility A or Utility B class. In the case of a tie, the top six combined scores will be used to determine the winner, then the top seven combined scores, and so forth, until the tie is broken.

RALLY SPRINGER OF THE YEAR
Update: The top five combined Advanced B, Excellent B and Master scores earned at five trials in the award year will be counted. In the case of a tie, the top six combined scores will determine the winner, then the top seven, and so forth, until the tie is broken.

The following apply to above awards:

  1. Only scores/titles earned while an ESSFTA member in good standing will be considered. Application for membership does not constitute membership. (Please note that there may be a waiting period of up to ninety days to complete the application process.)
  2. If  the dog is owned by more than one individual, ALL individuals must be members of the ESSFTA for at least six months prior to the end of the award year.
  3. The award year is the calendar year, January 1 to December 31.
  4. Scores will be verified by the National Awards Committee with AKC records and winners notified directly.
  5. Any disputes with respect to interpretation or application of the rules will be referred to the Board of Governors for resolution. The Board's decision will be final.