Annual Awards
The FSSA has a comprehensive award program that is a benefit of membership in the club.

 

Annual Award Certificates & Plaques

FSSA members who earn an AKC conformation or performance title with their Field Spaniel are awarded a certificate of achievement annually.  These certificates are issued based on the titles published in the AKC titles database and there is no need for individual application for this award.

Certificates are also issued for Field Spaniels who earn a WD or WDX in the FSSA working dog program. One certificate is issued per dog. Where there is a tie among FSSA members for Top Breeder, one certificate is issued per breeder. Additional certificates for co-owners may be purchased.

Plaques are issued for specific AKC titling achievements to include:  Obedience Trial Champion, Master Hunter, Champion Tracker, and Master Agility Champion.  One plaque is issued per dog. Additional plaques for co-owners may be purchased.

Certificates and plaques are issued for the following achievements within a calendar year, January 1st through December 31st.  These awards are issued based on the titles published in the AKC titles database and there is no need for individual application for this award.  Plaques are awarded to the “top” in each of the following categories. Additional plaques for co-owners may be purchased.

  • Top Breeder – Champions
  • Top Breeder – All AKC Titles
  • Top Sire – Champions
  • Top Sire – All AKC Titles
  • Top Dam – Champions
  • Top Dam – All AKC Titles
  • Top Show Dog – All Breed, based on one point earned for every dog defeated when gaining a group placement. Certificates are granted for dogs placing in the Top Ten for the breed in all breed competition.  The listing of these dogs is obtained from AKC.
  • Top Show Dog – Within Breed, based on one point earned for every dog defeated when earning Best of Breed. Certificates are granted for dogs placing in the Top Ten for the breed for within breed competition. The listing of these dogs is obtained from AKC.
  • Top Obedience Dog – Delaney System, based on one point earned for every dog defeated when earning an obedience trial placement; rankings are published by Front & Finish Magazine. Certificates are granted for dogs placing in the Top Ten for the breed
  • Top Obedience Dog – First & Foremost System, based on a point scale with points earned according to obedience class score; rankings are published by Front & Finish Magazine. Certificates are granted for dogs placing in the Top Ten for the breed
  • Top Agility Dog – based on rankings published by Front & Finish Magazine. Certificates are granted for dogs placing in the Top Ten for the breed
  • Top Junior Handler – based on rankings published by www.BestJunior.com. Certificates are granted for juniors placing in the Top Ten while showing a Field Spaniel.

The timing of the distribution of awards is generally during the annual banquet of the FSSA held in conjunction with the annual national specialty show except in those years in which the timing of the specialty means that earlier distribution is preferable. During these years, the awards are mailed.  Nicole Dooley Bunch nicholeamie@yahoo.com manages the annual award certificate program for the FSSA.


List of Trophies:

R.H. SQUIER’S BREEDER’S TROPHY (Perpetual)
Offered to the Breeder of the Best of Breed at the FSSA National Specialty Show. It is a silver plated loving cup on a multi-tiered wood base. The name of each winning dog and breeder will be engraved on a plate to be attached to the base.

Commemorative plaques are awarded.

LYDEMOOR PERPETUAL TROPHY
Offered to the owner or co-owners of Best of Breed at the FSSA National Specialty Show. This award was donated by Don and Margaret Nicholls, Lydemoor Field Spaniels, Bristol, England. First offered at the 1992 National Specialty, it is a silver plated 16” oval burgundy tray (value $120).

Commemorative plaques are awarded.

TOMMY PERPETUAL TROPHY
Offered for the Top Junior Handler handling a Field Spaniel in Junior Showmanship. The “Tommy” trophy was donated by Calico Field Spaniels, in memory of the consummate juniors dog, “Tommy,” CH Calico’s Pinball Wizard UD, who was loved and shown by Jesse Wolkenheim. The display walnut plaque, engraved each year with the winning junior’s name, is offered for the Junior Handler defeating the most juniors when earning Best Junior Handler or when placing in a Junior Showmanship class at a given show handling a Field Spaniel as published in AKC Awards for calendar year of January 1 through December 31. The Junior Handler need not be a member of FSSA.

Commemorative plaque is awarded.

MAYDENE PERPETUAL TROPHY
Offered for the Field Spaniel an overseas visitor would “most like to take home with him or her.” Donated by Phyllis Goodwin in 1995, Maydene Field Spaniels, England, it is a silver plated loving cup trophy on walnut base, to be awarded by an overseas Field Spaniel fancier exhibitor/visitor attending the FSSA National Specialty show on a basis of observation at the specialty event. It is to be a “fun trophy.” The name of the winner is to be kept secret until announced during the awards presentations. The name of the winner and year are engraved on a plate on the trophy base each year that the trophy is awarded. As the trophy offer requires award by an overseas visitor, there may be years in which the trophy is not awarded. In the event that there is more one eligible “visitor,” the National Specialty Show Committee shall choose from among the visitors to adjudicate the trophy.

Commemorative plaques are awarded.

CYNDIE AND MALLORIE AGILITY TROPHY
This trophy, for the year’s top agility Field Spaniel, was submitted on behalf of the following donors: Karen Balinski and Jay Gardiner, Richard and Margaret Beck, Les and Donna Casselberry, Rachal and Scott Sager and John and Shirley Sherman. The donors wish to memorialize the late “Mallorie,” CH Calico’s Stuck On You, CDX, OA, NAJ, HOF and the late “Cyndie,” CH Catera’s She’s Like The Wind, NAJ, CGC. It is a silverplated champagne cooler on a walnut base, engraved with the year, name of the winning dog and dog’s owner(s). The winner will be determined by Top Agility Field Spaniel as published in Front & Finish for the calendar year. At least one co-owner of the winning dog must be a club member. Since FSSA already offers awards plaques for this honor, no commemoratives are offered.

CH WICKSFORD’S A TOUCH OF MAGIC AND CH WICKSFORD’S LILLIBET BRACE TROPHY
Best Brace National Perpetual Trophy Proposal
June and George O’Neil and Lori Carver offer this trophy to honor and memorialize the first Field Spaniel Brace to be awarded Best Brace in Show at an all-breed show. The trophy will consist of an oval 10 inch silver dish to be mounted on a base. It is to be awarded at the National Specialty Banquet. At this time, no commemoratives will be offered.

GUNHILL MEMORIAL CHALLENGE TROPHY (retired 2015)
A Challenge Trophy for Best Bred-By Exhibitor sponsored by the Sager family. For Best Bred-By Exhibitor in Show: the Gunhill Memorial Challenge Trophy, a silver tray, offered through FSSA by the Sager Family, in memory of P. Carl Tuttle and his Gunhill Kennels. Will be retired upon a three time win basis.

Commemorative plaques were awarded.

JACKEE CHALLENGE TROPHY (retired 2014)
For Best of Breed, the Jackee Trophy is a 15X18” walnut plaque, offered by FSSA to the owner(s) of a bitch awarded Best of Breed at its specialty shows only, through the generosity of Suzanne Fernau and Joseph Fleming, Gooseberry, in memory of BISS CH Cotoica’s Once Is Not Enough, ROM. For permanent possession, it must be won three times by the same owner or co-owners, but not necessarily with the same bitch or at consecutive shows.

CLARA CHALLENGE TROPHY
Clara Challenge Trophy offered for the owner or co-owners of the Highest Scoring Dog in Regular Classes at the FSSA National Specialty Show. The Clara Trophy is a 10” Silver Revere bowl on a walnut base (value $135), donated by Becki Jo and Frank Wolkenheim, Calico, in memory of Ch Squier’s Clara Barton UD.

Commemorative plaques are awarded.

MITTINA TROPHY
One additional trophy, not associated with the FSSA, is included in the inventory kept by the Trophy Curator. It is the Mittina Trophy, established by Mrs. Jones, in honor of the Field Spaniel winning Best of Breed each year at the American Spaniel Club Flushing Spaniel show. The trophy is multi-tiered wood bases with engraved plates for each winning dog and the owners. The top is an elaborate silver plate cup.


The FSSA has a comprehensive award program that is a benefit of membership in the club.

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