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Committee Established: 1979

Committe Type: Open

Awards Committee

Duties and Responsibilities


The Chair of the Awards Committee is the official record keeper of Newfoundland achievements in order to make annual awards to the top winning and top producing Newfoundlands.
Working with a committee, check new titlists and breed and obedience wins in official AKC Gazette records to determine winners in the following categories: Register of Merit (ROM), Top Winning Dog and Bitch, Top Obedience performer, and Top Producing Dog and Bitch. Prepare certificates for the annual presentation. Be responsible for presenting the awards or find an alternate to make the presentations at the annual meeting. Notify the owners of the top winners and give them instructions for the requested Newf Tide articles. Also responsible for coordination of the counts for the Top 20 for National Specialties.
In addition, this Committee solicits applicants/nominees through notices in Newf Tide and receives nominations for Dog Hero of the Year, the NCA Good Sportsmanship Award and the Oldest Living Newfoundland Award. Nominees are submitted to the NCA Board of Directors. The Award's Chair has awards engraved and presents them at the Annual Meeting.

History & Board Actions

History
V6.3: Newfoundland Club of America Achievement Award, Heroic Achievement and Outstanding Contributor criteria printed in Newf Tide.
V12.2 02/08/81: Congratulatory notes to owners of dogs winning BIS and Group 1st and/or earning Championships.
V16.4 11/09/85: The Awards Committee will compile statistics for Top Producing Dog and Bitch, Top Obedience Dog and Top Winning Dog and Bitch. Top Winning Dog, Bitch and Obedience Dog to be awarded to NCA members only.
V17.2 02/08/81: Awards Committee will compile awards statistics without individuals having to make an application for an award.
V17.2 04/03/86: Committee to order plates to a maximum of $500 for foreign awards.
V17.2 04/03/86: Top Winning Dog and Bitch decided by the number of Newfoundlands defeated by BOB and BOS wins.
V17.2 04/03/86: All NCA awards to be given to dog or bitch earning it regardless of NCA membership of its owner.
V17.2 04/03/86: Bitches required a minimum of 2 Champion get to qualify for Top Brood Bitch Award.
V18.2 07/87 and 08/87 (Mail Meeting) :Congratulatory letters to all group placing Newfoundlands rather than just group winners.
V20.2 05/26/89 :NCA award databases are not available in to to anyone unless approved by the NCA Board. Limited information may be requested by individuals at appropriate costs. Policy instigated to preserve the privacy of NCA
members and prevent commercial use of information.
V20.2 05/26/89: Revised point system for Top Winning Dog and Bitch to include points awarded to Selects based on a formula of total entry of a given sex divided by the number of Selects in that sex.
V24.4 08/93 (Mail Meeting): Award of Merit recipients (at Regional Specialties) will be included in the mathematical equation for "Top Winning" awards.
V27.3 04/23/96: Proposal originally passed via Mail Meeting (10/4/95) to publish the top ten (10) dogs and top ten (10) bitches annually in Newf Tide was rescinded.
V34.1 9/12/02: Board endorses request of Old English Sheepdog Club of America to support their request to AKC that group totals be included in Awards.
V34.1 11/1/02: NCA Awards Committee counters be reimbursed for up to the full amount of a subsctiption to the AKC Awards for the current year upon the request
of the chair.
Ties for Top Obedience Dogs to be handled in the same way as they are in the other areas, eg Top Show Dog.
V36.1 10/30/04: Awards presented at NCA events should be either NCA awards, AKC awards or awards donated for NCA or AKC accomplishments. Furthermore, that regional clubs or individuals that wish to offer and provide new or special awards need to develop criteria for said award and that it meets NCA approval.
V365.1 11/30/04: Clarify the motion passed at the October 29-31, 2004 face-to-face meeting that originally read, “awards presented at NCA events should be either NCA awards, AKC awards, or awards donated for NCA or AKC
accomplishments." This motion should have read, “awards presented at the National Specialty annual banquet and the NCA’s annual membership meeting should be either NCA awards, AKC awards, or awards donated for NCA or AKC
accomplishments.”

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2011 Awards Committee Annual Report
By Ingrid Lyden, Chair

 
As the Awards Chair, I get the privilege of notifying the winners of our various top prizes as well as announcing their names at the Annual Meeting.  My job is cake compared to that of our volunteer counters and certificate makers!  We are all indebted to: Debbie Bridge, Karen Clancy, Mary Lou Cuddy, Dawn Fretts, Joan Locker-Thuring, Dejah Petsch, Pam Saunders, and Lanelle Warrick.  Thank you ladies!! 

The counters use a calendar year of the AKC Awards publication (January through December, inclusive), which for this past year covered the shows that occurred between Nov. 1, 2010 and Oct. 31, 2011.  Correction pages are also taken into account.  I am provided with the Award of Merit at Regionals and Select at National results via Specialty Show Coordinator, Robin Seaman, and I forward those on to the counters.  The counting process is time consuming and the counters usually forward me their results in February and I verify their consistency prior to notifying the winners and providing a list to the coordinators of the Top 20 events held at our National Specialty.  Again, please don’t contact counters for their results as we compare multiple counters’ values prior to compiling our final winners.

The specific method for calculating each of the top winners is as follows:

TOP PRODUCING SIRE AND DAM

  • Keep count of the total number of AKC Bench Champion offspring attributed to every Newfoundland dam and sire.

  • The stud dog with the highest number of Champion offspring published in a calendar year of the AKC Awards is the winner of the Top Producing Sire award for the year.

  • The brood bitch with the highest number of Champion offspring published in a calendar year of the AKC Awards is the winner of the Top Producing Dam award for the year.

 

TOP WINNING DOG AND BITCH

  • Correction pages in the AKC Awards that relate to these issues should be taken into consideration.

  • Points are counted for every AKC licensed show at which Newfoundlands compete (all-breed and specialties).

  • The Best of Breed gets points equal to the total number of Newfoundlands in the competition at that show, minus one.

  • The Best of Opposite Sex gets points equal to the number of Newfoundlands in that sex in competition at that show, minus one.

  • Selects at the National Specialty get points as follows: Total number of Newfoundlands in competition in a sex minus one (1) divided by the total number of selects in that sex.  Selects can only receive a maximum of 50% of the points that the Newfoundland of its own sex receives who wins BOB or BOS.

  • Awards of Merit at Regional Specialties get points as follows: Total number of Newfoundlands in competition in a sex minus one (1) divided by the total number of Awards of Merit in that sex.  Awards of Merit can only receive a maximum of 50% of the points that the Newfoundland of its own sex who wins BOB or BOS.

 

TOP OBEDIENCE DOG OR BITCH

  • Correction pages in the AKC Awards that relate to these issues should be taken into consideration.

  • Scores are tabulated for every AKC licensed obedience trial at which a Newfoundland competes (all-breed and specialties).

  • For each Newfoundland, consider all qualifying scores from any obedience class or any combination of obedience classes.

  • Take the average of a Newfoundland’s top three scores (in any one class or any combination of classes).  The Newfoundland with the highest average is the winner for the year.

 

In addition to the top awards listed above, the Awards Chair works with the NCA Board and the NCA members to provide the nominees for the Heroic Newfoundland Award and the NCA Good Sportsmanship Award.  Please remember to send in your nominations to myself for those two specific honors by Oct. 15th of each calendar year.  I also receive the nominations for the Oldest Living Newfoundland Award.  The deadline to submit those each year is Feb. 15th.  Dogs must have reached the age of fourteen to be considered.  Also, deceased dogs are eligible as long as they passed away during the calendar year being honored.  If a Newfoundland should go Best In Show at either the Westminster KC show or the Eukanuba Championship Show, I would coordinate special awards for those dogs.  The last task the Awards Committee does is prepare the certificates for the new inductees to the Register of Merit.  We do not track the potential recipients of these certificates, rather we are provided the list of qualifiers each year.  Please contact Barbara Finch if you have questions about a potential new ROM.  It is my privilege to serve as the Awards Chair.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

 

 

New Recognition for Those Who Post Test Results

For many years, the NCA, by policy, has supported the concept of posting health test results—both positive and negative—in an open database.  Now the NCA will provide special recognition to those members who do so in the hope that it will inspire and motivate more people to do it.

At its January teleconference, the NCA Board voted to create a designation of TOD (Health Tested Open Database) for any dog, living or dead, for which the test results for hips, elbows, cystinuria, and heart (evaluated by a board-certified cardiologist) have been posted in an openly accessible database.  Until now, the only open database was OFA (www.offa.org), but within a matter of months, the NCA’s own database will be available, and, because it, too, will be openly accessible, dogs whose test results are posted there will qualify for this designation as well.

An additional designation—TOD-D—will be awarded to any dog that meets the above criteria AND has submitted its DNA to the AKC DNA Repository.

Please remember that this award is given to dogs for which the tests’ results are posted, not given just to dogs who clear or pass all of these tests.  Also remember that, while these tests are extremely important for dogs who are part of a breeding program, the information is also valuable about any Newfoundland.  Even if your dog has been spayed/neutered, if you have this test information available, please post it.  The more information we have on our dogs, the more we can do to help our breed.

Owners of these dogs will be receive a special pin and will be recognized by having their names distributed at the Annual Meeting of the Membership at the National Specialty, and the dogs will be listed in NewfTide and in the Annual of Titlists.

You must apply for this award to receive it. If your dogs are eligible, please contact the TOD/TODD committee with the appropriate information (dog’s name, AKC number, OFA number, dates of health tests).  If your cystinuria and cardiology results have not been posted to the OFA database, and you are now submitting them to the NCA database, please provide documentation of those tests/evaluations as well as others, including thyroid, CERF, patellas, and other.

Don’t forget to tell us if your dog has DNA submitted as well so that you can earn the TOD-D!

And even if you don’t have all four of the tests completed and don’t qualify for the TOD, please post the results from the tests you have administered in the NCA database, including any of the tests mentioned above.  The more information we have on our dogs, the better.  Copies of test results for dogs NOT qualifying for the TOD should be sent directly to Dan Carr, Chair of the Technical Resources Committee, please email for hard copy mailing instructions.

Join in helping the breed and in committing to open disclosure of health results.

Awards

Top Producing Sire and Dam
The procedures for determining the top producing sire and dam include the following:
• All counting is done from a calendar year of AKC Gazette, i.e., January through December, inclusive.
• Keep count of the total number of AKC Bench Champion offspring attributed to every Newfoundland dam and sire.
• The stud dog with the highest number of Champion offspring published in a calendar year of AKC Gazettes is the winner of the Top Producing Sire award for the year.
• The brood bitch with the highest number of Champion offspring published in a calendar year of AKC Gazettes is the winner of the Top Producing Dam award for the year.

See The Winners


Top Winning Dog and Bitch
The procedures for determining the top winning dog and bitch include the following:
• All counting is done from a calendar year of AKC Awards, i.e., January through December, inclusive.
• Correction pages relating to these issues should be taken into consideration.
• Points are counted for every AKC licensed show at which Newfoundlands compete (all-breed and specialties).
• The Best of Breed gets points equal to the total number of Newfoundlands in competition at that show, minus one.
• The Best of Opposite Sex gets points equal to the number of Newfoundlands in that sex in competition at that show, minus one.
Selects at the National Specialty get points as follows:
• Total number of Newfoundlands in competition in a sex minus one (1) divided by the total number of selects in that sex. (Selects can only receive a maximum of 50% of the points that the Newfoundland of its own sex receives who wins BOB or BOS.)
Awards of Merit at Regional Specialties get points as follows:
• Total number of Newfoundlands in competition in a sex minus one (1) divided by the total number of Awards of Merit in that sex. (Award of Merit winners can only receive a maximum of 50% of the points that the Newfoundland of
its own sex who wins BOB or BOS.)

See The Winners


Top Obedience Dog/Bitch
The procedures for determining the top obedience dog/bitch include the following:
• All counting is done from a calendar year of AKC Gazettes, i.e., January through December, inclusive.
• Correction pages relating to these issues should be taken into consideration.
• Scores are tabulated for every AKC licensed obedience trial at which a Newfoundland competes (all-breed and specialties).
• For each Newfoundland, consider all qualifying scores from any obedience class or any combination of obedience classes.
• Take the average of a Newfoundlands top three scores (in any one class or any combination of classes). The Newfoundland with the highest average is the winner for the year.

See The Winners

NCA (formerly Gaines) Good Sportsmanship Award
Nominations for the Gaines Good Sportsmanship Award must be received by October 1st of each year.
Once a person is nominated for the Gaines Award, their name will remain in consideration for two (2) more years if they do not receive the award after nomination.
Sitting Board members are not eligible for the Gaines Award. The Gaines sponsorship of this award was discontinued in 1998 and it was renamed the NCA Good Sportsmanship Award.

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Isabel Kurth Award
Presented to NCA members who have provided dedicated service and contribution (over an extended period of time) to the NCA. Board of Directors selects recipients as appropriate - no set frequency.
Approval of any nominee for the Isabel Kurth Award requires two-thirds favorable vote of the Board of Directors.
Consideration for this award only to be done at Face-to-Face Board meetings due to secret balloting process.

See The Winners


NCA Heroic Newfoundland Award
Newfoundland performing some heroic deed will be eligible for the NCA Heroic Newfoundland Award.
Nominations for the NCA Heroic Newfoundland Award must be received by Ocrober1st of each year.
A Board Member will be appointed at each Annual Board Meeting to interview (by telephone) owners of Heroic Newfoundland nominees to ascertain their worthiness of this award and report findings and conclusions to Board prior
to the vote.

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Oldest Living Newfoundland Award



Best In Show at Westminster Award

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