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Dog show ribbon colors--what do they mean?

Maybe I should post this under dog shows, but wasn't sure since it isn't specifically about showing dogs.

I was just wondering what the ribbon colors mean. Do only the winners get a ribbon? Or, do the various placing dogs get ribbons too?

I show horses, and it's always so interesting to see what colors mean in different sports where ribbons are given out.
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Green- qualifying score (not a placement, but qualifying... ie obedience, lure coursing)

In conformation, the dogs go into classes (puppy, etc) and 1, 2, 3, and 4th places are awarded... blue, red, white, and yellow.

The winners of each class go in for winners (the points towards the championship)

Purple- winners dog (for the points) also given for winners bitch

Purple and white - reserve to winners (like 2nd place)

Blue and white - best of winners (between winners bitch and winners dog)

Purple and gold - best of breed- which is between the winners dog and bitch and any champions ("specials") entered.

White and red - best of opposite sex to best of breed

Groups- blue, red, yellow, white (1-4th places)

Red, white and blue - best in show!!!

For sweepstakes and matches, the colors are different

All this is from memory... and I haven't shown in a loooong time
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In conformation, the dogs go into classes (puppy, etc) and 1, 2, 3, and 4th places are awarded... blue, red, white, and yellow.
I know AquaClara meant Blue (1st), Red (2nd), Yellow (3rd) and White (4th) :-)

Non regular classes and match shows/sweeps its Pink for 1st, Brown for 2nd, Light Green for 3rd and grey for 4th - qualifying in a match is usally light green with pink stripes..In non regular classes at AKC trials participants are generally given a green ribbon - similar to the Q ribbon that is labeled "participant".

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I know AquaClara meant Blue (1st), Red (2nd), Yellow (3rd) and White (4th) :-)
I was wondering about that. Those are the colors and order used in horse shows.
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I was wondering about that. Those are the colors and order used in horse shows.
Very similar to horse shows - only the rosettes at horse shows are usually WAY nicer than rosettes at dog shows :-)

AquaClara forgot high in trial - Blue and Green and High Combined - Blue and Yellow. High in trial is always a rosette - though some are certainly fancier than others - my obedience club does a BIG Wellington rosette with the date...coming from horses, I'm such a sucker for pretty ribbons!

Some clubs do title rosettes which vary by club...No specific colors defined by the AKC for that. I do wish more obedience clubs would offer title rosettes - it's a nice touch and doesn't really cost a lot...I'd like to see breed clubs offer "New Champion" rosettes too (some Canadian shows do offer them) - again - just a nice touch to acknowledge a big accomplishment...

All Qualifying scores get a green ribbon - usually a flat ribbon. Most obedience shows have flat ribbons for placements too...It's rare the breed club that offers rosettes for class placements, while group placements (sporting, toy, etc) are always rosettes. Some best of breed are rosettes - sometimes depending on the host club - sometimes dependant on a certain number of entries...National specialties almost always have big beautiful rosettes for qualifying scores too - a nice touch when a really good score like 196+ is out of the placements in a big class of dogs.

Qualifying ribbons are given with placements too - and must have the date on them - either printed or a sticker on the back.

Agility placements are almost always rosettes - usually the "ideal" model from Hodges...

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Yeah I did, oops! Hey, I have preggo brain.
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I too am a sucker for pretty ribbons. I'm in the process of having my horse show ribbons turned into a quilt (actually, 3 or 4 quilts). It is just so sad to hang them and watch them fade, or gather dust, and I want a way to cherish them forever.

It is great that the dates are on the backs of the dog show ribbons. I know the Hodges Badge Ribbons usually have a place to write it yourself, and with my horse show ribbons I always forgot.

When I was a little girl I hosted a small "fun dog show" in Vermont, and remember printing out all of the classes, the dates, etc and taping them to the backs of my ribbons. It was quite fun. I had all sorts of classes, from tricks to dog-owner look alike, and handed out the prizelist at the local general store. I happen to have the same last name as a former AKC Secretary, and a man saw my flyer and noticed my last name (it isn't a common name at all), and ended up bringing his Westminster champion. My drama coach was my judge, and in my "best-of-show" class asked the dogs questions. Example, "If your dog could talk, what would it say about you?" or "If your dog could talk, would it like its name?" and many others. The man's response, "Well, I've never been to a dog show where the judge asks questions, especially of the dog, but...[insert long show name and explanations of the various kennels]..." It was so much fun, and the older gentleman was absolutely tickled to win his box of dog bones. I'll have to upload the pictures if I can find them somewhere. His dog is stacked out beautifully, and he is in suit and tie smiling from ear-to-ear.
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That's really cute! Where in VT are you from? Are you still in New England? The horse world in VT used to be mighty small :-)

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My parents own a house in Greensboro, and my brother lives in Manchester (well, actually Arlington now... he and his wife just moved). All 3 of my brothers went to school in Putney, and my children's hunter was on loan to the school for quite sometime. While riding in the winters must be a pain, and I can't imagine there are that many heated indoors, it sure would be a lovely place to ride in the spring, summer, and fall. I'd trade riding in SC and VA's heat anyday for VT--mud season and all! We always planned on building a paddock or two and a run-in shed for the summers and bringing my horse or pony up for the summers, but it never quite happened, and by the time we were ready to do so I was no longer spending May-September there... and instead was off on the horse show circuit with my trainer in the Southeast. My parents property connects to some great trails, and people have built all sorts of fun jumps!

I actually grew up in SC, and now live just outside of DC in VA. I wish I could move to VT, I absolutely love it!
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Where in VT are you from? I'm always dropping hints to my boyfriend that we should either move to VT or SC... it's hard considering we both work in politics in DC, but I would totally be up for a career change if it ment living in either state. I love them both equally. I'm so jealous of my brother and his wife.
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