The Bull Terrier Club Major Trophies
The Trophy Show
For most Bull Terrier fanciers throughout the world, the highlight of the year is The Bull Terrier Club Trophy Show, where The Bull Terrier Club’s most important competitions of the year, the Major Trophies, are competed for.
The Regent Trophy
This trophy is not handed out to winners but is displayed and retained by the The Bull Terrier Club.
Entry to the Trophies themselves is by invitation only – a team of selectors, appointed by The Bull Terrier Club Committee, scour the country in an effort to select the cream of Bull Terriers exhibited at Championship shows throughout the previous year. This means that simply to be invited is an honour in itself, confirming to the breeders and owners that they have one of the very best Bull Terriers in the country. Selecting the best animals is only half the job. The Bull Terrier Club Committee are committed to ensuring the consistency and fairness of the judging of the Major Trophies. Indeed the rules of the trophies state that the committee must select ‘The Best Judges available’. Whilst this is obviously subjective the Committee follow a number of stringent rules and guidelines to ensure that the spirit of the competition is upheld and that not only is justice done, it is seen to be done. Some of the rules and guidelines employed are as follows;
- Selected Judges should be on the Bull Terrier Club’s Lists
- They should not be selected to judge the competition in successive years
- Preferably not more than one member of a family or partnership should judge or Referee at the same Trophy Show
- A judge should not be selected if they are the owner or joint owner of any invited animal
- The judge may not be invited if they have been a selector in that same year
- The selected judges should preferably not have judged after the 30th September of the previous year that the trophies are held.
No member of the Bull Terrier Club Committee who owns or has bred a selected competitor are allowed to nominate a Judge or Referee for that year’s competition.
In the case of an emergency on the day, a stand in judge needs to be employed, The Officers of the committee will take into account the above guidelines
The club holds an Open show on the day prior to The Trophy Show. This show is open to all and provides an opportunity for breeders and exhibitors to show the world their stock. With the change in quarantine laws, more and more dogs from overseas are also taking the opportunity to attend this event.
The Trophies competed for are as follows:
A perpetual Trophy, restricted to Coloured (not white) Bull Terriers. First awarded in the early 70’s it was presented by David Harrison and Wally Baron, Bull Terrier enthusiast from the then British Colony of Rhodesia. It is awarded to the Best Coloured Bull Terrier, dog or Bitch, exhibited at Championship shows during the previous year. A minimum of 10 and maximum of 16 animals are invited, of which at least 4 must be dogs and 4must be bitches and no animal may compete more than twice. The trophy is awarded to the winner and is held for one year.
This Trophy is awarded to the Best of Opposite sex to the winner of the Sandawana Trophy and was first presented to the Bull Terrier Club by Mrs Mudge Mankin, a leading breeder, in memory of her young red dog Ch. Blazeaway of Lenster who died tragically young of a brain tumour aged just 2 years 4 months.The original shield went missing in 1998, and a new shield commissioned which includes a wooden Bull Terrier head, carved by Bert Crowland, as was the original.
Awarded to the Bull Terrier, considered by the judges to be the Best Mover in the Major Trophy Competition. This is traditionally the final trophy of the day and is competed for by competitors, which are sent forward from each of the previous trophy competitions.A number of other Trophies are awarded on the day, these include, The Americas Cup for the Breeder of the Regent Trophy Winner, The Austrian Plate, awarded to the most successful Kennel competing in the Major Trophies, and the Gardenia plate, awarded to the sire of the Regent Trophy winner.
This Trophy is confined to animals bred outside the UK and the Republic of Ireland. A BOS to the competition will be engaged at the same time. This Trophy is competed for on Sunday “Trophy Day”, before The Sandawana Trophy, The Ormandy Jugs and The Regent Trophy judging
All Countries with a National Bull Terrier Club are invited to send a dog and bitch to compete for the Trophy. All financial and other considerations are the responsibility of that Country. The criteria and method used to choose their animals shall be arrived at by their own committees, with approval, if required of their own respective Kennel Clubs.
The Bull Terrier Club reserves the right to appoint the Judge/Judges for this competition.
The Bull Terrier Club reserves the right to change, alter or in any fundamental way, vary any aspect of this competition as may from time to time be required.
The Dog and Bitch selected to represent a country must be born in that country.
In countries where there is more than one breed club, each breed club can send 2 entrants as detailed above to compete in the International Trophy.
Dogs/Bitches entered for The International Trophy will not need an ATC number from the Kennel Club but if they wish to compete on Saturday in the Open Show they will need an ATC number from the UK Kennel Club.
Previous Winners of The International Trophy are not eligible to compete