Triple Crown Versatility Challenge

(The Triple Crown Versatility Challenge is one part motivator for you and your dog and one part fundraiser to support costs associated with holding the week of NSS events.)



For the 8th consecutive year, we will celebrate the versatility of our breed with the Triple Crown Versatility Challenge.  The 2018 NSS Committee would like to honor those handler/dog teams that successfully compete in multiple disciplines by offering a challenge meant to inspire more of us to get out there and accomplish great things with our dogs!  We challenge you to start training now in order to meet our challenge to qualify and/or place in a minimum of three different classes across at least two different NSS disciplines.

To meet the Triple Crown Challenge, a dog might place and/or qualify in Novice B, Team Obedience and the WDX.  Another dog might qualify in the WD, a sweepstakes class, and in a Bred-By Exhibitor Class. 

Dogs who meet the Triple Crown Challenge will receive a special award and the dog’s Triple Crown accomplishments will be published in the post-show report for the ACC Bulletin.   All prizes will be presented at the banquet or the WD/X/Q ribbon ceremony (depending on when the dog meets the challenge).  Prizes will be presented to each dog’s owner of record, if present; otherwise the awards will go to the handler.

Entering is easy and it’s only $20 to play, but dogs must be pre-registered by June 15th.  This is a hard deadline this year due to both sponsors being out of town in the weeks prior to the NSS. To pre-register, send your entry fee (checks made out to ACC) with a note indicating your name and the registered name of your dog to: Gina Downin, 4007 33rd Street, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712

Dogs that meet the challenge must submit a completed Triple Crown Record Form to Gina Downin or Lynda Barber Wiltse at the show AFTER competing (either before the banquet or before the WD ribbon ceremony). Please download and print a copy of the record form here.

Any questions?   Please contact: Gina Downin – – 301.254.8222

Qualifications for the Triple Crown Versatility Challenge

Qualify and/or place in any three classes, across a minimum of two NSS disciplines.
(Please note: For the purposes of this Challenge, Obedience & Rally = 1 discipline and Conformation & Sweepstakes = 1 discipline.)


Dock Diving: Qualifying jump in dock diving.
Agility: Qualifying score in any agility class offered. 
Obedience/Rally: Qualifying score in any regular or optional titling obedience and/or rally class offered or placement in non-regular class.
Conformation/Sweepstakes: Best of Breed, Best of Opposite Sex, Select Dog/Bitch, a Judge's Award of Merit or by making the cut in the Best of Breed competition, Placement in any regular or non-regular conformation class. (Please note: in Stud Dog and Brood Bitch classes, placements are awarded only to the parent dog, not to any of the rep
resentative offspring.) Placement in any Puppy or Veteran Sweepstakes class also qualifies. 
Field: Qualifying score in any Working Dog Stake (WD, WDX, WDQ).

Example 1: "Fido" is entered in Rally Advanced B, Rally Excellent B, Open Dog in conformation, and the WD for field. Fido qualified in Rally Advanced B and placed third in Rally Excellent B. In Open Dog, he did not get a placement. Since his first two "goals" were both in Rally, and he failed to get a placement in Conformation, he does not meet the Triple Crown Challenge until the field, when he passes the WD.

Example 2: "Ripple" is entered in Veteran Obedience, 8+ Year-Old Bitch in Veteran Sweeps, Veteran Bitch 8-10 Years in Conformation, and the WD for field. She places in Veteran obedience, is second in her Sweeps class, and goes first in her Veteran conformation class. She's already met the Triple Crown Versatility Challenge before she hits the field!