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On May 12, 2010, the American Kennel Club (AKC) began offering the Grand Champion title in conformation to dogs that previously had
earned the Champion title. To earn the Grand Champion title a Champion dog must meet the following requirements:
Brae earned his Grand Champion title on a very rainy June 2, 2012, by being selected Best Of Opposite Sex (BOS) to the number one
beardie in the United States.  Brae was handled by Rick Krieger for all his Grand Championship points except for one when Brae was
handled by Rick's wife, Jenny.
Judge James G. Reynolds and handler Rick Krieger with Brae being awarded BOS at the
Bearded Collie Club of America Regional Specialty in Wrentham, MA, on June 2, 2012.
• Earn twenty five Grand Championship points
• Three "majors" (three or more points earned at a single show) won under three different judges
• At least one or more of these points won under a fourth judge
• Must have defeated at least one other AKC Champion of Record at three shows
Brae has won many Best Of Breed which then allowed him to compete against all the Best Of Breed dogs in the Herding Group which has 26
different breeds. Brae also was successful in this higher level of competition by having earned several placements. A placement is being
selected as one of the top 4 herding dogs in the show.  
Brae with Rick Krieger after being selected Herding Group 3 at the Central Maine Kennel Club Show on August 30, 2012.
A Beauceron is Group 1, a Briard is Group 2 and an Australian Shepard is Group 4.
Dog shows are not just about competing to win ribbons and titles. Dog shows add diversity to our lives by providing an opportunity to travel
to new places, to meet new people and to see old friends including many with whom we compete in the show ring. Brae seems to share our
social view of dog shows by the excitement he exhibits at arriving at the show.  He wants to greet every person and every dog. However,
we're sure Brae would prefer to do without the almost constant grooming which starts days before a show with a bath and multiple brushings.
The grooming continues right up to the time he enters the ring with Rick. Even when in the ring the brush comes out to redo what was undone
by the wind or by Brae deciding to shake just as the judge is ready to look him over.  
Beardies lining up for the judge in the Bearded Collie Best Of Breed class at a show in West Springfield, MA.  Brae is the 2nd beardie from the left.  
November 2012
Fluffing the beard before
entering the ring.
August 2012
Brae eyeing the
competition. The other
beardie is Olivia with her
handler, Cliff Steele.
August 2012
Brae getting a touch up in the Herding Group.
November 2012
It's almost ring time
and Brae and Lu are
waiting for Rick.
June 2012
Brae's earning the Grand Champion title is not the end of our quest. It's now on to the Bronze Grand Champion title which requires  
100 Grand Championship points.  More obedience, rally obedience and agility are also in Brae's future.
You're welcome to return often as Brae's Album continues to expand.
Brae awarded Group 2 under judge Michele Billings.
October 2012
Brae and Rick
performing for the judge.
August 2012
Brae's centerfold ad in the Summer 2012 Beardie Bulletin celebrating his Grand Championship
UPDATE:   On July 4, 2013, Brae earned his
Brae now needs 100 additional Grand Champion points to earn the Silver Grand Champion title.