The purpose of the RRCUS Versatility Certificate program is to encourage participation and acknowledge the accomplishments of Rhodesian Ridgebacks as a versatile breed. The Versatility Certificate
("VC") and the Versatility Certificate Excellent ("VCX") are given to those members whose Rhodesian Ridgebacks have earned the required U.S. titles and awards.
A minimum number of points in Conformation (Group A), the four performance groups: Obedience (Group B), Tracking (Group C), Lure Coursing/Racing (Group D), and Agility (Group E), and the Miscellaneous (Group F) are necessary. The points earned in Groups A through E are not accumulative in that group (i.e., earning a CDX entitles the dog to only 4 points in Group B; the 3 points earned for a CD cannot also be
counted). In addition, points awarded for standard and jumpers titles are not accumulative in Group E (i.e., earning an AX and an AXJ entitles the dog to only 4 points in Group E, and earning an OA and an
AXJ entitles the dog to only 4 points in Group E). Miscellaneous points in Group F are accumulative and allow recognition of Rhodesian Ridgebacks that participate or excel in a variety of canine
activities. The VC Committee will review applications for Group B through F point credit for titles and awards, other than those listed in VC/VCX point schedule or VC/VCX Master Points List (link at
left), on an individual basis. Information supplied to the VC Committee should include proof of credit, rules of the sanctioning organization and a description of the sport or activity.
All requirements must be met by December 31st. Submissions of the Versatility Certificate Application, with photocopies of all awards and certificates attached, must be postmarked no later than March 15th* of
the following year. New VC or VCX titleholders will be notified by April 15th, and at that time the following may be sent to the editor of The Ridgeback for inclusion in the Versatility Awards section of
the magazine: a photograph of the dog (preferably in one of the performance events), the dog's registered name, the sire and dam of the dog, and the owner and breeder's name. Certificates for dogs earning
a VC or VCX are presented at the RRCUS National Specialty Annual Awards Banquet, otherwise they will be mailed to the recipient after that date.
VC/VCX POINT SCHEDULE
10 AKC conformation points with 2 majors
5 AKC conformation points with 1 major
5 AKC conformation points
OTCH or UDX
Rally Advanced Excellent
VST or TDX
D. Lure Coursing/Racing
AKC or ASFA FCH
AKC SC or 50+ ASFA points & 1st/2nd
AKC JC or 10+ ASFA points
AKC MX or USDAA ADC
AKC AX or USDAA MAD
AKC OA or USDAA AAD
AKC NA or USDAA AD
CGC or Temperament Test**
Herding Instinct Certificate
AKC Best in Show***
AKC High In Trial (obedience or agility)***
AKC or ASFA Best in Field***
Reg. Therapy Dog & 10+ hours of service
The new VC/VCX rules are effective 1/1/07. Versatility Certificate Applications based on accomplishments that were completed before 1/1/07 will fall under the old VC/VCX rules, even if official confirmation of the accomplishment was received by the owner after 1/1/07. Versatility Certificate Applications based on accomplishments that were completed on or after 1/1/07 will fall under the new VC/VCX rules as approved by the RRCUS BOD January, 2007.
*Due to variable scheduling of the RRCUS National Specialties, the submission date may be adjusted with prior notice to applicants in a RRCUS publication. If an applicant has not received an official title or award certificate by the deadline, a cover letter must be attached to the Versatility Certificate Application with either a notice from the issuing organization or an on-line, or other applicable report that the title or award is forthcoming.
**A TDI is not equivalent to a Temperament Test. Accordingly, a dog with a TDI must have 10+ hours of service to earn one Miscellaneous Point.
*** All Breed or National Specialty Shows
**** All other titles need to be submitted to the performance committee for review for awarding VC/VCX points.