Hair-Bear Award (For Jrs.)
This award is to recognize a junior with
the special bond with their dog.
This award is to recognize the person or dog that embodies the good character, mentoring abilities,
courageousness, and generosity exhibited by Lucy throughout her life.
Eddie Award (Obedience/Rally)
This award celebrates the humor that occurs sometimes when doing obedience with a Border Terrier.
Harry Award (Agility)
This award celebrates the humor that occurs sometimes when doing agility with a Border Terrier.
In Loving Memory of Ch. Bandersnatch Harriet Vane CD JE OAJ CGC V
Offered by Cindy and Laura Sherman, Marg and Amanda Pough, and Kerry Boisvert
Laura and Harriet
This award is to recognize a junior with
the special bond with their dog. What is
this bond, and how do we describe it?
Hair-Bear) lived with Marg, but Laura
was her person. Laura started training Harriet for Juniors through our 4-H classes.
Harriet bonded to Laura very quickly. Laura and her brother are two of Marg's puppy
socializers, so Laura was often over at the house when there were pups. Anytime Laura came
to visit, Harriet would get super excited. Laura always had to take her out by herself,
for training, a walk, or even just a car ride. Of course, Laura came and collected Harriet
for 4-H classes, for training, for AKC shows, and finally for their great love...
AGILITY! Yes, Cindy was OK, Marg was OK, Kerry was OK, but Laura was SUPER! Laura could
never leave Harriet alone at a dog show for more than a millisecond and whenever Harriet
saw Laura, it was as if they had been separated for years.
The best way to describe their bond is that when Marg goes
to cross the Rainbow Bridge, there will be a pack of Bandersnatch dogs waiting for her.
Harriet will be glad to see her, but she will not cross. She will wait for Laura.
Open to BTCA Junior members (9 through 17 yrs.) We do not anticipate that this will be awarded
each year. A Junior may win it once.
The Junior must be currently exhibiting with their Border. This can be in any capacity,
including 4-H, Junior Handling, obedience, agility, tracking, earthdog, etc.
The Junior must be nominated by a mentor or teacher (not a family member) who knows both the
child and the dog.
Nomination must state in 250 words or less why the nominator thinks the junior should get this award.
Qualified nominees will then be invited to submit an essay that covers some basic questions. Younger
juniors (ages 9 - 12) should answer the questions, in lieu of an essay. A picture of the
Junior and Border is optional.
Nominations should be received at least three months prior to the BTCA National Specialty; answers and
essays should be received two months before the specialty.
Receives a $50.00 savings bond and a hand-made 4-foot braided leather leash, which is a tangible
representation of the special connection between the Junior and his/her dog.
Will have their name engraved on a plaque which will be displayed each year at the BTCA National
Will be announced each year at the BTCA National Specialty Awards Banquet.
Nominations should be sent to:
Amanda Pough, 34 Michigan Hollow Road, Spencer NY 14883
In Loving Memory of
Lucy, Ch. Krispin-Otley's Ambrosia CGC
Offered by D'Arcy and Robert Vollbracht
This award is to recognize the person or Border Terrier that embodies
the good character, mentoring abilities, courageousness, and generosity exhibited by Lucy
throughout her life.
What are those qualities and how do we describe them?
After Lucy earned her CGC, she began traveling to nursing homes, pre-schools, and day treatment
programs as a therapy dog. She seemed to have a gift that enabled her to comfort and relax those around
her. Determined, kind, patient, and funny, Lucy possessed qualities desirable in both dogs and humans.
She was the rock of stability, generosity, and courageousness in her corner of the world, and she
served as a glowing ambassador of the Border Terrier breed to everyone she met.
Dog shall be Border Terrier in breed type, although rescue dogs or hunting / pack dogs
w/o registration papers are eligible provided they are clearly Border Terrier in type.
Humans shall be members in good standing with the Border Terrier Club of America.
Nominee must have enriched the life or lives of others, or because of outstanding acts, training,
contributions, or courageousness have bettered the world.
The ability to inspire others, whether it is by being selfless, by mentoring others, making
significant contributions of time to support programs, projects, or activities that improve the
community, or by spreading love and hope to those facing adversity, is the character and
qualities the Lucy Award is meant to honor.
Nomination must state in essay form (750 words or less) why the nominator thinks the nominee
should receive the award.
One clear photograph of the nominated person or dog must accompany the nomination, and nominations must be
received at least two months prior to the BTCA National Specialty.
Nominations should be sent to:
D'Arcy Downs-Vollbracht, 5373 US Hwy. 68, Ste. D 277, Golden Valley, AZ 86413
Anyone who has done obedience with a border terrier knows that a sense of humor is a necessary approach to the sport.
The variations that a border terrier can work into a simple obedience or rally exercise can bring you to tears.
The only sensible response is laughter.
This award is offered annually at the BTCA National Specialty for the most creative and humorous non-qualifying performance of the past year.
It was introduced years ago by Laurale Stern in honor of the work of her border terrier,
Ch Luvemur's First Edition UD CG CGC TDI, "Eddie" known for his creative efforts in the obedience ring.
It is open to any member of the BTCA doing obedience or rally obedience with a border terrier
To apply for this award, write your story in 500 words or less and send it to the Eddie Award Committee (see address below).
Submissions much be sent no later than 2 months before the next specialty.
Please include with your story, your name, your dog's name, your address and a photo of your dog.
The winning entry will be printed in the BORDERLINE and the dog's owner will receive a handsome certificate signed with Eddie's pawprint
to make up for the AKC one you probably lost because your dog really wanted to earn the coveted Eddie Award instead.
You need not be present at Specialty if you are selected for this award, though you might want to attend to receive the congratulations and
commiseration of others doing obedience with Borders.
The Eddie Committee
Laurale Stern, Chairman
832 Lincoln Blvd.
Manitowoc, WI 54220
Eddie,(CH.LUVEMURS FIRST EDITION,UD,CG,CGC,TT), passed away on October 2, 1998, after 15
1/2 wonderful years. His tremendous accomplishments in the obedience ring (Dog World Award
at the Utility level) and his great sense of humor and creativity doing the exercises,
were the inspiration behind this fun award. His motto:
Variety is the spice of
life!, and he proved that in the ring!! There was never a dull moment in the ring
with Eddie! He is greatly missed by his family every day. Laurale Stern
Dog Agility allows a Border Terrier to demonstrate his speed, dexterity, agility, and,
unfortunately for many, his clownish streak. Harry was fast, dexterous, agile, and had a
HUGE clownish streak. People would make a point to watch Harry to see what he would be
up to next.
The Creative Dog Agility Award (Harry Award) is an award given to the most creative
agility run, done by a Border Terrier, and submitted in that year. It does not have to be
done that year. A creative agility run does not have to be qualifying or non-qualifying,
but it must be amusing. It must be done when the dog is (or is supposed to be) running a
"real" run. The run can be at a trial (preferred), a match, or even in practice if in the
handler and dog's minds they are doing a real run rather than an exercise. It is not an
incident that happens to the dog, but something that the dog decides to do or react to on
its own. All stories must be submitted to the committee in some way and each year one will
be chosen to win the award.
The award will be announced each year at the BTCA National Specialty Awards Banquet.
The Harry Committee
Donna Sapp, Chairman
1504 Jupp Rd
Glen Burnie, MD 21060
Harry's ,(Towzie Tyke Harris Tweed AX AXJ ME CG FMX RN CGC), love of
life and perpetually cheerful personality caused people to smile just to see him in
action. He excelled in the Border Terrier's characteristic independent thinking and