Each year the Gordon Setter Club of America, Inc. recognizes those individuals that have out-performed all
others. GSCA currently presents the following 16 awards in the areas of conformation, field, obedience, and agility:
- Bench Gordon of the Year
- Best of Breed Gordon of the Year
- Brood Bitch of the Year
- Stud Dog of the Year
- Best Junior Handler
- Gun Dog of the Year
- Gun Dog (Retrieve) of the Year
- Derby Dog of the Year
- Puppy of the Year
- High Scoring Advanced Obedience Dog
- High Scoring Utility Dog
- Black & Tan Obedience Award
- High Scoring Open Dog
- High Scoring Novice Dog
- High Scoring Novice Agility Dog
- High Scoring Agility Excellent Dog
- Beauty, Brains, and Bird Sense Award
To receive an award, a dog must be owned or
co-owned by a GSCA member, and only those points earned while the
owner is a member will count. The awards are made on a
calendar-year basis. Award winners will be announced and presented
in conjunction with the conformation, obedience, and junior
showmanship awards. Four placements are given in each category.
Rotating trophies are presented for first place in each category.
Other criteria for the awards listed above are as follows:
- Bench Gordon Setter of the Year. Awarded to the Gordon Setter
accumulating the highest number of points (i.e., dogs defeated) from
AKC Group and Best in Show placements.
- Breed Gordon Setter of the Year. Awarded to the Gordon Setter winning
Best of Breed over the largest number of Gordons in AKC point shows.
Stud Dog and Brood Bitch of the Year. Awarded to the dog and bitch who
produced the most offspring earning champion titles. “Champion titles”
include AKC field, obedience, and/or conformation champions.
- Top Producer Awards. This designation is awarded to dogs with 10
champion get (AKC: bench, field, or obedience) and bitches with
6 champion produce (same criteria).* Titles need not be earned in a
single year. This is an automatic award.
- Best Junior Handler: Presented to the club member accumulating the
highest number of points while showing a Gordon in Junior Showmanship
competition. This is an automatic award with four placements. One
point is awarded for each dog/handler team defeated.
- High Scoring Novice, Open, and Utility Dog Awards will be determined
by the first three qualifying scores at each level, regardless of the
year(s) in which they were earned as long as the third qualifying
score falls within 2000. These are automatic awards, with four
- High Scoring Advanced Obedience Dog is based on points tabulated using
the First and Foremost system in Open and/or Utility, for dogs who
have previously attained a title at that level of obedience. Example:
A dog earned its CDX title in Open A on 11/10/00. On 11/11/00 that dog
had a qualifying score in Open A. The November 11 score will count
toward the Advanced Obedience Dog Award. This is an automatic award,
with four placements.
- The Black and Tan Obedience Award will be awarded to the dog/handler
team with the top five highest average annual scores from the regular obedience classes.
The winner will be awarded a suitable trophy. This is an automatic award.
- High Scoring Novice, Open, and Agility Excellent Awards will be
determined by the first three qualifying scores at each level,
regardless of the year(s) in which they were earned as long as the
third qualifying score falls within 2000. These are automatic awards,
with four placements. Ties will be decided by course completion times.
- Beauty, Brains, and Birdsense Award: This award will be automatically
granted to any Gordon with an AKC conformation, obedience (including
tracking or agility), and field title. However, if your dog’s field
title is a WD or WDR, please send Cliff Schnepf copies of your three
For more information contact:
GSCA offers field awards in the following categories: Gun Dog of the
Year, Gun Dog (Retrieve) of the Year, Derby Dog of the Year, Puppy of
the Year. There are four placements for each award. Field Awards Chair,
Kerin Elduen, has prepared a form on which you should record American
Field wins and placements. These are the only field wins/placements
that must be supplied by the owner of an eligible Gordon. Tabulation
of all other field wins/placements will be done by Kerin and the verification
procedure previously described will be used.
Please direct any
questions concerning field awards to:
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