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Most Versatile Aussie

The Most Versatile Aussie (MVA) Award is offered to recognize the dog which best combines the attributes of trainability, desire and ability to work, and faithfully represents the breed standard.

The dog demonstrates trainability and willingness to please by the combination of skill and expertise required to qualify in at least two of the recognised performance events – herding, agility, obedience or rally obedience.

The dog is a true and honest representative of the breed when evaluated against the breed standard. Working ability, performance measurement, and breed evaluation are based on the rules and scorecards established by ASCV for the individual events, and the combined event “Most Versatile Aussie.”

Bitches in-heat will be allowed to participate in the conformation, but are only eligible to compete for a qualifying score in herding, with arrangements being made to allow them to participate in obedience, rally obedience and agility for the purposes of the MVA only.

Most Versatile Aussie Rules

  1. To earn the Most Versatile Aussie Award, each entry must earn a score from the Conformation Evaluation, compete in herding and gain a qualifying score from at least two of the following performance programs: herding, agility/jumping, obedience/rally obedience. Points are tallied from qualifications earned and the highest score wins. Program specifics will be mentioned in these rules under each program.
  2. Ties for awarding the Most Versatile Aussie Award and placements will be broken using the highest Conformation score as calculated for MVA points. In the case that a tie still exists, the dog with the highest number of qualifying scores in all MVA qualifying events will prevail. If the tie is still not broken, dual placements shall be awarded.
  3. Computation of all scores for awarding the Most Versatile Aussie Award will be handled by the Most Versatile Aussie sub-committee. The Club will provide a location where all scores will be posted as soon as practicable after each eligible competition is completed. It is the owner/handler's responsibility to check the scores as posted, and report any discrepancies to the MVA sub-committee immediately. Awards for MVA are final once presented.
  4. In the event that any class across all disciplines cannot be completed, no MVA will be awarded.
  5. Confirmation Evaluation (See Appendix A - located on thsi website)

    1. The MVA evaluator must be an ANKC approved judge. The MVA Evaluator will be allowed to show/trial prior or subsequent to the day of the MVA evaluation. Further, any dog(s) owned by the evaluator may compete in any and all disciplines, other than MVA, on the same day that the evaluations are performed, provided the handler is someone other than the evaluator. Members of the evaluator’s immediate family may handle the dog. If the evaluator is judging other classes or venues in addition to the MVA evaluation at the cluster, the ANKC rules pertaining to that judging shall take precedence. 

    2. One hundred points are available. The form and point schedule used will be provided to the evaluator. 

    3. This class will not be placed and no awards will be given. The score given by the evaluator will be used. 

    4. Only registered Australian Shepherds will be allowed to compete in MVA. This class is open to spayed and neutered animals as well as intact animals.
  6. The dog must receive two qualifying scores from any of the three performance disciplines being obedience/rally obedience, agility/jumping and herding. The highest qualifying score from each discipline will be used as the dog’s base score for that discipline. Any and all additional qualifying scores will be valued at 5 points each and added to the base score to get the dog’s total performance score. Highest score is defined as the qualifying score that will result in the highest number of MVA points.
  7. Herding
    1. The highest qualifying score from a herding class will be used to compute MVA points.
    2. Additional qualifying scores will earn 5 points each.

    3. Points will be computed as follows:
            Advanced     = ( Score + 6% of score ) + 110
            Intermediate = ( Score + 3% of score ) + 106
            Novice          = (Score + 1.5% of score) + 100
            Started         = Score + 100
    4. As Herding Test (HT) and Pre Trial (PT) are not given a score, a pass in these classes will be awarded 20 and 50 points respectively towards the dog’s total performance score.
    5. Bitches in season will be accommodated in the Herding Trials, by running last.
  8. Obedience/Rally

    1. The highest qualifying score from an obedience or rally class will be used to compute MVA points.

    2. Additional qualifying scores will earn 5 points each.


    3. Points will be as follows:
           UDX                  = Score + 6% of score
           UD                    = Score + 3% of score
           CDX                  = Score

           CD                    = Score – 3%
           CCD                 = (Scorex2)–3%

           Rally Excellent  = (Score x 2) - 3%
           Rally Advanced = (Score x 2) -5%
           Rally Novice      = (Score x2) - 7%

    4. As bitches in season are not eligible to compete in obedience under ANKC rules, we will allow them to be put through the ring, by the relevant judge at the completion of the judging of all other classes. This will enable them to earn a score towards the MVA, should they meet the criteria of a qualifying score.
  9. Agility/Jumping

    1. The highest qualifying score from agility OR jumping will be used to compute MVA points.

    2. Additional qualifying scores will earn 5 points each.

    3. Points for MVA will be awarded as follows, based on the percentage difference between the Standard Course Time (SCT) and Course Time (CT):
                                   % Difference
      Class                 0 - <5            5 - <15        15+
         Masters           195                 200            205
         Excellent         190                 195            200
      Class                0 - <10         10 - <30        30+
         Open               185                 190           195
         Novice             180                 185           190

    4. As bitches in season are not eligible to compete in agility under ANKC rules, we will allow them to be run over the course, by the relevant judge at the completion of the judging of all other classes (the course will be that of the last scheduled ring, regardless of the level). This will enable them to earn a score towards the MVA, should they meet the criteria of a qualifying score.

  10. Heat Policy
    Under the Victorian Canine Association (VCA) policies exist for trials where temperatures may exceed certain temperatures. These policies exist to ensure the safety of dogs, stock, handlers, judges and stewards.

    Every attempt will be made to run all classes as scheduled within these policies.


    In the event that any class across all disciplines cannot be completed, no MVA will be awarded.
    Awards for classes:                                                                    Completed        Not Completed
    - All qualification cards shall be awarded:                                         Yes                  Yes
    - All prizes / places shall be awarded.                                               Yes                  No
    - All qualifications gained will be eligible for ANKC titles:                  Yes                  Yes

    For details on each of the policies refer to:

    Herding:             www.vca.org.au

    Obedience:        http://www.vca.org.au/Content.asp?ID=205&SubID=270
    Agility/Jumping: http://www.vca.org.au/Content.asp?ID=203&SubID=332

  11. Dogs and Handlers running in Multiple Rings
    Consideration will be given for dogs and handlers running in multiple rings across disciplines. However, owners and handlers must make every effort to be ringside when required.


    For details of schedules and the MVA Entry Form, please refer to our Whats On calendar at the appropriate time.
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