The Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of the United States Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of the United States

Versatility Certificate Program

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.

VERSATILITY CERTIFICATE ("VC")

  1. A minimum of ten (10) points must be earned, including the following:

    • A minimum of two (2) points are required from Group A (Conformation) unless the dog qualifies for a waiver under #3.
    • A maximum of two (2) points are allowed from Group F (Miscellaneous).

  2. The ten points must include EITHER:

    • A minimum of TWO of the following titles (each worth 3 points) from TWO different Performance Groups (B-E):

      • CD from Group B. (Obedience)
      • TD from Group C (Tracking)
      • FCH or V-FCH from Group D (Lure Coursing)
      • OA, OAJ or AAD from Group E (Agility)
      ----------OR----------
    • A minimum of four (4) points from Group B (Obedience), meaning a CDX or higher in Obedience
  3. The requirement of two (2) points from Group A (Conformation) is waived upon proof of spay or neuter, in which case these 2 points may come from any category except F (Miscellaneous).

  4. Points must be earned in no less than three of the Groups A through E (Conformation, Obedience, Tracking, Lure Coursing/Racing and Agility).

  5. Titles not listed in the VC/VCX Point Schedule may also be used to meet the above requirements.



VERSATILITY CERTIFICATE EXCELLENT ("VCX")

  1. A minimum of fourteen (14) points must be earned, including the following:

    • A Versatility Certificate ("VC").
    • A maximum of 3 points are allowed from Group F (Miscellaneous).

  2. The fourteen points must include EITHER:

    • a minimum of TWO of the following titles (each worth 4 points) from TWO different Performance Groups (B-E):

      • CDX from Group B. (Obedience)
      • VST or TDX from Group C (Tracking)
      • LCM, V-LCM, or LCX from Group D (Lure Coursing)
      • AX, AXJ, or MAD from Group E (Agility)
      ----------OR----------
    • a minimum of five (5) points from Group B (Obedience), meaning a UD or higher in Obedience
  3. Titles not listed in the VC/VCX Point Schedule may also be used to meet the above requirements.

VC/VCX POINT SCHEDULE

A. Conformation
AKC Championship 4
10 AKC conformation points with 2 majors 3
5 AKC conformation points with 1 major 2
5 AKC conformation points 1
B. Obedience
OTCH or UDX 6
UD 5
CDX 4
CD 3
Rally Advanced Excellent 2.5
Rally Excellent 2.0
Rally Advanced 1.5
Rally Novice 1.0
C. Tracking
Champion Tracker 5
VST or TDX 4
TD 3
Tracking Certification 1
D. Lure Coursing/Racing
ASFA LCM 4
ASFA V-LCM 4
AKC LCX 4
AKC or ASFA FCH 3
ASFA V-FCH 3
AKC MC 2
AKC SC or 50+ ASFA points & 1st/2nd 1
LGRA GRC 1
AKC JC or 10+ ASFA points 0
E. Agility
MACH 5
AKC MX or USDAA ADC 5
AKC MXJ 5
AKC AX or USDAA MAD 4
AKC AXJ 4
AKC OA or USDAA AAD 3
AKC OAJ 3
AKC NA or USDAA AD 2
AKC NAJ 2
F. Miscellaneous
CGC or Temperament Test** 1
Flyball Dog 1
Herding Instinct Certificate 1
AKC Best in Show*** 1
AKC High In Trial (obedience or agility)*** 1
AKC or ASFA Best in Field*** 1
Reg. Therapy Dog & 10+ hours of service 1
Other**** 1

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.