The Miniature Bull Terrier Club of America’s annual National show is held each year in October. Locations

vary across the United States. The National includes three shows with entry open to registered Miniature

Bull Terriers from throughout the world:

  • National Specialty

  • Parent Specialty I

  • Parent Specialty II

The Van Hildrikhusen Trophy Show

The VHTS is a competition for North American-Bred and -Whelped Miniature Bull Terriers. The Van Hildrikhusen Trophy is named for the Hildrik family of Lotte Frank, donor of the trophy and the judge of the first competition held in October 1990 in Chicago in conjunction with the MBTCA National Specialty.

The Van Hildrikhusen Trophy sculpted by German artist Hilda v. Gerten Bosch, is a perpetual trophy and always remains in the possession of the MBTCA. Every winner’s name will be inscribed on the trophy, and each winner will be given a souvenir commemorative trophy donated by the MBTCA.

Lotte’s idea of establishing the Van Hildrikhusen competition was to bring together, at one time, in one place, North America’s outstanding representatives of the Miniature Bull Terrier:

  • An exceptional event where the breed’s virtues could be assessed and appropriately recognized.

  • Providing a special opportunity for fanciers to view top Miniature Bull Terriers from around the North American continent.

  • Furnishing breeders a setting where they may appraise and relate their own progress in the breed and to formulate future plans to move the breed forward.

  • With the hope of creating a spirit of collaboration, better understanding, support, and closer cooperation throughout the entire Miniature Bull Terrier fancy.


Eligibility and Rules

1. Eligibility

This competition is open ONLY to Miniature Bull Terriers which were bred and whelped on the North American continent, its offshore islands, and the State of Hawaii, and must be owned by a full and non-probationary member of the Miniature Bull Terrier Club of America.

A. Any Miniature Bull Terrier that has completed the requirements for an AKC, CKC, or Mexican KC(“FICI”) Championship prior to the entry closing date. Proof must be provided.

B. Any entry that has earned a Reserve Winner or higher award at a specialty or a supported show on the North American continent, or its offshore islands, or the State of Hawaii where the major held and was judged by a specialty judge. Proof must be provided with name of show, location, date, and award given.

C. Runner-up or BOS from a previous VHTS.

D. Any previous VHTS winners are ineligible.

E. Special Invitation: Any animal not otherwise qualified may request a “special invitation.” In addition to the regular entry form and fee,

applicants must remit a a $50 nonrefundable application fee and photos: full body (both sides), head profile (both sides), and a full front and full rear view. The animal is not to be identified. Requester must also submit written justification as to why this animal has not qualified to be included; age is not an acceptable reason. Photos and written justification must be submitted to the MBTCA Show Chairman at least one month prior to the regular closing date. The Show Chairman will forward the UNIDENTIFIED photos and justification to the Board of Directors of the MBTCA. The entry must be approved by 2/3 majority of the board. The photos will become the property of the MBTCA.

2. Competition and Exhibiting

An officiating judge shall not own, co-own, or exhibit any entry at that VHTS. An exhibitor may not exhibit under a judge who bred the entry, owned the entry within the past twelve months, or who has handled the entry during the past three months. An exhibitor who co-owns a dog with a judge at VHTS may show any dog underneath that judge, except the dog co-owned by the exhibitor and the judge.

3. Conflict of Interest

Any other possible conflict of interest should be brought to the attention of the Show Chairman for referral to the Board. The MBTCA Board will determine whether in fact, a conflict exists and will then rule accordingly. Any Board ruling will be final.


There are four classes in the competition:

  1. Colored Dogs

  2. White Dogs

  3. Colored Bitches

  4. White Bitches

Judging Procedure

VHTS competition is judged by a panel of three judges.

1. Classes

There will be four: Colored Dogs, White Dogs, Colored Bitches, and White Bitches. After entries have been received, the Show Secretary will make the judging assignments based on class sizes. Judges 1 and 2 will judge the two largest classes. Judges I and 3 will do the third class and Judges 2 and 3 the fourth. If classes happen to be equal in number then Whites and/or Bitches will be assigned first. Judges I and 2 will award the major trophies. In each case the unassigned judge will serve as referee if needed.

2. Class Judging

Each judge will examine each entry individually and then both will stand together while each entry is moved. When this preliminary judging is completed, each judge will submit on their card the armband numbers from two to four entries which they wish to reexamine in the final round of competition for best and reserve in class. The number four is the maximum, and each judge will list only entries which in their opinion are at the pinnacle of breed development, and in which they are truly interested for one of the top placements!! Judges will be aware that a great deal of significance is attached to  participation in the final round and only the very top entrants should be so rewarded. This selection process will result in a minimum of two and a maximum of eight entries which will return to the ring for final judging. Judges are required to write a critique of each animal selected for final round competition. With all the class entrants in the ring, the steward will combine numbers from the judges’ cards and read in ascending order the entry number which will return for final round judging. Results of each judges selection from the various rounds will be posted after completion of all competition.

3. Final Round Judging

Best and Reserve of each class will be awarded first. Then the 4 winners will be judged together in the ring for the Van Hildrikusen Trophy. The judging order will be 1-VHTS Trophy, 2- Runner Up Trophy, 3-Best of Opposite Sex. (After the VHTS Trophy winner is chosen, the Reserve Dog or Bitch to the winner will enter the ring to compete for Runner-up.)

4. Conferring

Judges are not to confer in the preliminary round. The judges are allowed to confer in the final and trophy rounds. At no time during the judging of any class will either judge confer with the referee of that class.

5. Referee

If the two assigned judges disagree between two entrants for a class or trophy placement, the referee will then enter the ring, judge those two entrants, and render a decision which will break the tie. The entrant not chosen is automatically reserve for a class win or any final placement.

6. Awards

VHTS Awards Each finalists shall receive a medallion.

In each class:

  • Best and Reserve, presented by the MBTCA

The 4 class winners will compete for VHTS:

  • Best North American Bred Miniature Bull Terrier: The Van Hildrikhusen Trophy, presented by MBTCA.

Reserve to the winner joins the remaining class winners and competes for:

  • Runner-up to the Best North American Bred Miniature Bull Terrier, presented by MBTCA.

  • Best of Opposite Sex to Best North American Bred Miniature Bull Terrier, presented by MBTCA.

Breeder Award Given:

  • Breeder of the Best North American Bred Miniature Bull Terrier Trophy, presented by MBTCA.

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