Entlebuchers are tremendous working dogs that can excel at many different kinds of work. To encourage and celebrate members who train and compete with their Entlebuchers in multiple sports, NEMDA offers Versatility Awards recognizing these team’s accomplishments. The Versatility Awards are a multi-tiered program that advances with the achievements earned by the dog. NEMDA offers a Versatility Beginner Award to encourage our members to get active and try new things with their Entlebuchers. There are a variety of performance, companion, and even pet activity options available! The Middle level Versatility Award is designed to up the ante of criteria in team achievement. The training and effort should reflect a greater commitment of time and skill on the part of the team. The Versatility Excellent Award recognizes extraordinary Entle/Owner teams who excel to higher levels in multiple main stream sport venues. The eligible sports will require substantial training, effort, and team performances that demonstrate years of dedication toward advancement in mastering their chosen venues.
To qualify for any of the Versatility Awarda, an Entlebucher Mountain Dog must be registered with the American Kennel Club or the Canadian Kennel Club; be owned by a member of NEMDA at the time the award is earned; and the dog must have earned the minimum combination of title requirements listed in each of 3 dog sport categories. Titles from sports or activities not listed below may qualify toward NEMDA’s Versatility Awards at the discretion of the Versatility Committee. If a member specifically desires to earn an award from sports or activities not listed it is recommended that the member reach out to the committee and ask before making any assumptions. NEMDA members are responsible for alerting the committee to their eligibility and submitting the proper title verification (if other than AKC sports).
- Versatility Beginner (VBA) = Introductory titles from 3 different categories (ie; RN, BN, FD).
- Versatility (VA) = Primary level titles from 3 different categories (ie; CD, RA, CH).
- Versatility Excellent (VEA)= Advanced titles from 3 different categories (ie; CDX, MXJ, HX).
Beginner Award Versatility Award
Bixby’s Big Sur of Applecreek Great Earl of Duke V Adhem
Queso von Adhem Imzadi Data v Eagleheart
Superstar Kai v Adhem Bean of Matrix Entlebuchers
Natessah von Adhem Explorer B’Elana v Eagleheart
Jumanji v Brunswick Kapella v Brunswick
Kipp of Wildhorn Maribo Muffin of Brunswick
Gustav of Wildhorn Queso von Adhem
Kapella v Brunswick Moratel Roseli Chemisse
Great Earl of Duke V Adhem
Explorer B’Elana v Eagleheart
Imzadi Data v Eagleheart
Bean of Matrix Entlebuchers
Maribo Muffin of Brunswick
Moratel Westriver Sante’
Moratel Roseli Chemisse
Neo of Brunswick
Xella-Excella Vom Kornried
Jazzberry Jam v Eagleheart
Norma Bates of Brunswick
Obediah Of Wildhorn
Higher-level titles may be substituted for any lower level titles; titles are not limited to those listed on the chart below.
|Category||Beginner Award||Versatility Award||Excellent Award|
AKC or CKC Champion
AKC Grand Champion or foreign kennel club equivalent
|Canine Good Citizen® CKC -Canine Good Neighbor|
|Therapy||20 hours||THD||THD plus 100 additional hours|
|Agility||Novice Title from any Agility Venue||Intermediate Title from any Agility Venue||Advanced Title from any Agility Venue|
|Herding||Instinct Test||PT (AKD), JHD (AHBA) or STD (ASCA)||Any Advanced AKC, AHBA or ASCA Herding title|
|Freestyle||Beginner A or B (on or off lead)||Novice||Intermediate|
|Drafting (Offered by various breed clubs)||Introductory level drafting, may be on lead||Novice level Draft test, must include off-lead cart work||Advanced level draft test|
Versatility Awards have been Temporarily Suspended until further notice
At the 2017 Second Quarter Board meeting the NEMDA Board voted to Temporarily Suspend the Awards and Versatility program until further notice. This action is in part due to the number and variety of sports, activities, and new venues being offered currently. It has become clear that some of the time and effort requirements are getting out of line in equity of other sports offered for the same categories. The other reason the Board chose this action was the divisive, bullying, and outrageous lack of sportsmanship and common courtesy a couple members have chosen to employ in demanding their applications be approved. This has resulted in Chairs resigning from wanting to lead this committee. It has become clear that the program needs to be reworked with more consistent criteria that is defined to a more precise degree regarding the sports and activities, plus the amount of effort, time, and skills required. Until a suitable Chair is found that honors the mission of the committee and is willing to take on this task, Versatility program is suspended.