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This is a discussion on Orchid Showing Awards question within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; I have been looking at the awards given to winning orchids and it seems like ...
I have been looking at the awards given to winning orchids and it seems like there are two classes (if you will) that they are given under.
1. The award is given to the 'breed'. So if it was chickens: You created a new breed of chicken that lays bigger eggs and they are a brilliant green, unlike any other breed. The award would apply to all the pure offspring as well, as the breed has been noted as being superior, not just a specific individual. (CBR, CHM, AD, AQ)
2. The award is given to an individual. So if it was chickens: You show a bird who wins Champion. The award does not apply to offspring, since it was the bird who was shown, not the breed- but using this bird will likely result in better offspring. (CCE, CCM)
Am I understanding this right?
I think you have over-simplified a bit. Lets see if I remember this...
These are AOS awards. Standards and definitions could vary with other organizations.
CBR (Certificate of Botanical Recognition) and CHM (Certificate of Horticultural Merit) give recognition to a specific individual plant meeting the requirements of the award. That plant and any divisions or clones may carry the award designation. Seedlings produced from the plant may not though they are often sold with the award to the parent noted. CBR is for a rare/unusual species with educational interest when that species has never gotten any award before. CHM is awarded to a species or natural hybrid plant for any aspect of particular horticultural merit.
AD (Award of Distinction) is awarded once to a cross, represented by one or more plants at the time, for a worthwhile new direction in breeding. It doesn't attach to any specific plant, and pertains only to that instance of the cross, not re-makes. Not for the plant, not for the breed, for the breeding.
AQ (Award of Quality) is awarded to a specific group of sibling plants exhibited together by one person, in recognition of the overall quality of the group, and including at least one plant that gets a quality award. It can be awarded to a species or a hybrid. Again, not for the plant(s) or the breed, for recognition of the quality of the breeding.
CCE and CCM are related awards at different point levels, given to the exhibitor not to the plant, in recognition of the high standard of cultural perfection attained. It wouldn't be awarded to an inferior plant though, no matter how well grown. It pertains only to that specific plant at that time. However, it usually happens that the award is noted for divisions and clones of the plant if they are distributed, or if the plant is used in breeding. It indicates that given good culture this plant can be a noteworthy specimen.