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Obedience Awards

NOVICE A OBEDIENCE SPRINGER OF THE YEAR
The top three Novice A scores from the award year will be counted. Dogs may compete for this award only in the year the CD title is earned.

NOVICE SPRINGER OF THE YEAR
The top three Novice scores from the award year will be counted. Scores may come from the A or B classes or from a combination of scores from both classes. Dogs may compete for this award only in the year the CD title is earned.

OPEN SPRINGER OF THE YEAR
The top three open scores from the award year will be counted. Scores may come from the A or B Class or from a combination of scores from both classes. The Open Springer of the Year Award can be earned only once by the same dog.

UTILITY SPRINGER OF THE YEAR
The top three utility scores from the award year will be counted. Scores may come from the A or B Class or from a combination of scores from both classes. The Utility Springer of the Year Award can be earned only once by the same dog.

OBEDIENCE SPRINGER OF THE YEAR
The top three “high combined open and utility” scores from three obedience trials held during the award year will be counted. Scores may come from either the A or the B Class or from a combination of scores from both classes.

RALLY SPRINGER OF THE YEAR
The top three combined Advanced B and Excellent B scores earned at three trials in the award year will be counted. In the case of a tie, the top four combined Advanced B and Excellent B scores will determine the winner, then the top five combined scores, and so forth, until the tie is broken.

The following apply to the above indicated awards:
  1. Only scores/titles earned while an ESSFTA member in good standing will be considered. Application for membership does not constitute membership. (Please note that there may be a waiting period of up to ninety days to complete the application process.)
  2. If the dog is owned by more than one individual, only one individual needs to be a member of the ESSFTA.
  3. The award year is the calendar year, January 1 to December 31.
  4. Scores will be verified by the National Awards Committee with AKC records and winners notified directly.
  5. Any disputes with respect to interpretation or application of the rules will be referred to the Board of Governors for resolution. The Board’s decision will be final.