Specialty Entry Form (opens in new window/tab) - Thursday,
September 8, 2016, 5PM Upstairs in the Event Center.
IS THE FUTURITY?
people have heard this word time and time again but do not really know
what it is all about. THE BORDER COLLIE SOCIETY OF America’s annual
Futurity in a sense is the Breeder's Cup of Border Collies. It is a very
important and prestigious competition, not between the owners of Border
Collies, as in regular competition, but between those persons who have
bred these magnificent beasts.
is so important about this you might ask? Well, in a nutshell, it is the
culmination of years and years if hard work and dedication to the Border
Collies and to the ultimate betterment of the breed itself. The driving
force behind the Futurity? To breed THE PERFECT Border Collie!
order to understand the Futurity, one must first understand the process
by which these selected puppies are nominated and finally entered into
this competition. Once the necessary breeding dates have been met,
the required forms, having been obtained from the Futurity Chair of
Border Collie Society of America, are completed and submitted back to
the Futurity Chair with the appropriate nomination fee.
STEP 1: This
process is done while the bitch is in whelp - Before the puppies are
born! Wait a minute, you say. If the puppies are not even born yet,
how do I know whether they will be worthy of such an honor when they
are born. EXACTLY! You just hit the nail on the head! This is
precisely why the Futurity is so important, so prestigious. By
nominating the bitch while she is in whelp, the breeders take a
stand and make a statement. Yes, they say I am nominating my bitch
and her unborn puppies for the Futurity which, in some cases, can be
well over a year in advance. Yes, I have worked hard to review
pedigrees and pictures and have traveled to view stud dogs. I have
spent hours analyzing faults and attributes. I have selected a stud
dog and I have bred my bitch to this dog. No, I do not know exactly
what these puppies will look like, but I have a good idea. Yes, I do
believe that through experience, research and selective breeding,
this yet unborn litter will contain future champions; better Border
Collies than their parents. Yes, this is a breeder's testimony and I
will put my money where my beliefs are and submit my nomination fee
for this bitch and her unborn litter. Can you now begin to see the
involvement of the Futurity and the work, the pride, the joy of
breeding better and better Border Collies?
STEP 2: After
the puppies have whelped. The second step in the Futurity nomination
process begins after the puppies are whelped and prior to them
reaching three (3) months of age. Now, you have in front of you the
physical result of all our labors and it is time to nominate puppies
from this letter. Again, this must be done before the puppies reach
three (3) months of age and all that is required that you list on
the form the sex and color of the pup for each one nominated. You
can nominate all the litter, or as few as one, if you like. Again,
this is another testimony of the breeder: "Yes, I have now seen the
litter and I still believe that I have bettered the line. I still
believe that these pups that I nominate will be future Champions
and, themselves, sires and dams of even better litters. And, I again
will back up my beliefs with my nomination fee, this time on a per
STEP 3: National
Specialty Entry. Finally, a few months before the actual show, which
is held in annually of each year, the FINAL nominations are due
(usually due the same time National Specialty Entries are due). The
Futurity Statistician will mail to the breeder, one (1) entry blank
for each puppy nominated. This is the final individual nomination
for a particular puppy of that litter and also constitutes that
particular pup's entry into the Futurity competition. It is the
breeder's responsibility to either do all the entering for those
puppies nominated or forward to the new puppy owners that final
entry form. Strict rules apply to the closing date for the Futurity,
just as they do for the National Specialty.
Now that you are
aware of and, hopefully, comprehend the Futurity nomination process,
I hope that you can understand, appreciate, support and become a
part of the Futurity competition itself. It is a three-phase
testimonial of breeders and a showcase for the fruits of their
labors. It is not so much the competition (at least not for this
breeder), but the inclusion in that competition is the joy. It
speaks not only of dedication to the betterment of the breed, but of
all the enduring love for these tremendous gentle giants who share
so much of our lives.
Futurity Rules and Regulations
The Futurity is
an annual event sponsored by the Border Collie Society of America,
Inc. and is exclusively for the competition of puppies and juniors
between six (6) months and under eighteen (18) months of age.
The Futurity is
open to member breeders (and members of their immediate families) in
good standing with the Border Collie Society of America, provided
that all other requirements are met. Where the nominated bitch is
co-owned, one co-owner must be a member of the Border Collie Society
of America or one of the affiliate clubs at the time of the
breeding. The owner, or the co-owner, of the stud dog is NOT the
breeder unless said stud dog owner, or co-owner, is a co-owner on
the bitch at the time of the breeding of the litter.
Bitches may be
nominated at any time between the BREEDING and before the WHELPING
All dogs are
made eligible for competition BEFORE they are born, however it is
only through the bitch that they are made eligible. Nominations of
bitches must be made after the bitch is bred and before the bitch
whelps. Only puppies whelped by nominated bitches AFTER the date of
nomination are eligible. The date of the Post Office cancellation
stamp on the envelope will determine the date of nomination. A fee
of $10.00 shall accompany the nomination of each bitch.
This constitutes the first nomination. Fill
out the Pre-Whelp Nomination Form.
litters whelped by nominated bitches are eligible even though sold
to a new owner between the whelping date and the date of the
Futurity. The new owner need not be a member of the Border Collie
Society of America, provided that the nomination of the bitch was
made by a member breeder.
verification of eligibility, the breeder will be sent a form on
which to nominate individual puppies from the litter. A fee of
$10.00 is required for each puppy nominated from each litter
nominated (there is no limit on the number of puppies nominated from
any one litter) and the nominations must be made BEFORE the litter
is three (3) months old. The Post Office cancellation stamp on the
envelope will determine that this nomination has been made prior to
the date the litter reached three (3) months of age.
This constitutes the second nomination. Fill
out the Litter Nomination Form.
will be divided according to age and sex as follows. Classes with
large entries may also be divided into A, B, C and D Divisions as
needed. Every effort will be made to separate litter mates of the
Puppy Dogs – 4 months & under 6 months; Puppy Bitches – 4 months &
under 6 months
Puppy Dogs - 6 months & under 9 months; Puppy Bitches - 6 months &
under 9 months;
Puppy Dogs - 9 months & under 12 months; Puppy Bitches - 9 months &
under 12 months
Puppy Dogs - 12 months & under 15 months; Puppy Bitches - 12 months
& under 15 months
Maturity Dogs - 15 months & under 18 months; Maturity Bitches - 15
months & under 18 months
Maturity Dogs - 18 months & under 3 years; Maturity Bitches - 18
months & under 3 years
Maturity Dogs – 3 yeas & over; Maturity Bitches - 3 years & over
The winners of each Puppy class will compete for Best in Futurity
and Runner Up To Best in Futurity. The winners of each Maturity
class will compete for Best in Maturity and Runner Up To Best in
- Prizes. 75% of the final entry
fees will be distributed to the breeders of the individual class
winners as follows:
BCSA may elect to offer trophies or prizes for: Best in Futurity,
Best Maturity. Nominations of puppies must be on official forms
supplied by the Futurity Chair or downloaded from The BCSA Website
and must be accompanied by checks or money orders made payable to
the Border Collie Society of America, Inc. .
Entry fees will
be retained in the event a nominated bitch or puppy is found to be
ineligible under the above conditions.
recommends that both the Dam and the Sire of the nominated puppy
have all health testing/clearances prior to the breeding. At this
time, health testing/clearances of the Dam and Sire are not required
to be able to nominate the litter, BUT all health testing/clearances
(or lack thereof) WILL BE listed in the Futurity/Maturity Catalog.
Health testing/clearances that the BCSA recommends (but not limited
to) are OFA for Hips/Elbows, yearly CERF exam, and DNA testing for
CEA/CH, CL, and TNS.Health clearances are strongly suggested but not
mandatory. Health clearances will be published in the catalog. If no
health testing is submitted with the litter forms, the listing will
show the dam/sire as “untested”.
If you are submitting a late litter, please add $5 per puppy late fee
with your Futurity Litter Nomination Form. Thank you and we look forward
to having you participate in the BCSA futurity/maturity program!
Below are the
two forms that need to be submitted for each litter to be eligible.
Option 1: Print out the form, hand fill it out (please print
clearly) and mail to: Amy Novak, 8363 S 150th Road, Wood River NE
Option 2: Save the file to your computer, fill it out, save it
again, attach it to an email and send it to Amy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The email will not be considered complete until all fees are
||Fill out the Pre-Whelp Nomination Form
(Adobe PDF file, opens in new window)
||Fill out the Litter Nomination Form
(Adobe PDF file, opens in new window)