Register of Merit (ROM) Program - BREEDING
EXCELLENCE RECOGNITION COMMITTEE
Committee Chair, Jana L. Brady,
The Breeding Excellence Recognition Register of
Merit (ROM) program was developed by the BCSA to honor and recognize Border
Collie dogs and bitches that have excelled as producers of talented
performance and conformation titled offspring. By virtue of the superior
characteristics they have passed to their 1st generation progeny, these dogs
and bitches have made an exceptional impact on the future of the versatility
and quality of the breed. This program uses the accomplishments of the get
as the measure of the ability to pass a high percentage of desirable
characteristics to future generations.
The are currently 5 categories used to recognize exceptional producers of
titled offspring. In order to qualify for any of these category awards, the
owner of record must apply to the Chair, Breeding Excellence Recognition
Committee, using the online application on this webpage. Only American
Kennel Club titles noted in the category description may be used to satisfy
award criteria, which will be verified by the Committee. Once verified, the
Committee Chair will forward the application and supporting documentation to
the BCSA Board of Directors with a recommendation. If approved, the Board
will then send a Letter of Recognition and Certificate to the owner
applicant and the dog/bitch will be entered into permanent BCSA ROM Program
records and listed on the applicable webpage.
In view that it may take years for the 1st
generation offspring to acquire the requisite titles, posthumous recognition
is acceptable. If a dog/bitch was formerly awarded the Register of Merit
(ROM) category award and later qualifies for the Register of Merit Excellent
(ROMX) award, the name will be removed from the ROM list and added to the
*Any future changes to the Register of Merit Program will apply to
applications submitted after the effective date of the changes, and will not
be applicable to pending or previous applications. Please contact the
Committee Chair for questions concerning about the Register of Merit
Program, about any of the dogs listed or if you find a listing error. All
suggestions or concerns regarding the criteria or process used in the BCSA
ROM Program should be forwarded to the Committee Chair.
the on-line application by clicking here. The criteria for each
category of awards is described below.
NOTE: Please confirm that the titles listed on the application are
on AKC record. Please do not list titles earned in other non-AKC
**The person whose contact information
appears on the application will be the person to whom the certification
will be made out to and to whom the certificate will be mailed.
ROM - Register of Merit
Dogs: At least 10 progeny with 1 or more
qualifying titles from the Qualifying Title list.
Bitches: At least 6 progeny with 1 or more qualifying titles from the
Qualifying Title list.
Qualifying Titles: (*At this time, no
titles in any other AKC titling program or any other venue may be used
to qualify for the BCSA ROM Award.)
a. Champion of Record (CH)
b. Obedience: Utility Dog (UD) or higher level
c. Tracking: Tracking Dog Excellent (TDX) or higher level
d. Herding; Herding Excellent (HX) or higher level
e. Agility: Agility Excellent (AX or AXJ) or higher level
f. Get previously recognized with the award of BCSA ROM or ROMX
*In addition to the above, the following
must also apply
1) any dog/bitch added into the AKC Stud Book on January 1, 1999 or
after, must have at least one progeny with an AKC Herding Trial level
title (HS, HI, HX or HC)
2) at least one offspring must have an advanced performance title (b, c,
ROMX - Register of Merit Excellent
Dogs and bitches that have otherwise met the ROM requirements AND have at
least one progeny with a Herding Excellent (HX) title or higher level.
ROMF - Register of Merit Foundation
Dogs and bitches that have met the ROM requirements EXCEPT:
1) they do not have any progeny with a Herding Trial level title, and,
2) they were included in the AKC stud book prior to January 1,1999, if they
were admitted at all. These dogs and bitches had breeding careers that
generally took place before the AKC herding program was readily available.
HonROM - Honorary Register of Merit
The HonROM (Honorary ROM) is conferred upon dogs
and bitches who have made substantial genetic contributions to the breed but
did not complete the general ROM requirements. There is currently only one
Please submit a written
request for consideration with detailed justification/documentation to the
Committee Chair for review. Each request will be forwarded to the BCSA Board
of Directors with a recommendation from the Committee Chair.
Noteworthy Sires and Dams
When the ROM program was developed, the Noteworthy designation was given
to dogs which had not yet met the requirements for any ROM title, but
were nearing that status. Now that more dogs are attaining ROM status,
the Noteworthy designation will be discontinued for new sires and dams.
The dogs that are currently listed will remain as a historical record of
the early days of the ROM program.
Page Updated 04/22/2016