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17 December 2015    13:00
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The Kennel Club Announce Changes to Agility Regulations

The following amendments to the Agility 'H' Regulations have been approved by the Kennel Club and will come into effect on 1 January 2016.

Regulation H(1)(A)4. Omission of Compulsory Equipment from a Class                       

This change is necessary in order to provide a degree of flexibility for judges and show organisers to omit certain obstacles depending on the circumstances faced on the day. The current regulation specifically relates to "an" item of compulsory equipment that may be removed however, there may be an occasion when more than one piece of equipment needs to be removed, (For example adverse weather or damaged equipment that cannot be replaced etc.)

Therefore Regulation H(1)(A)4 is amended as follows:

TO:

Standard classes may be scheduled for Agility Shows, as Agility classes or Jumping classes. All standard classes must contain the Weaving Poles obstacle. Standard Agility classes must contain the following elements: "A Ramp", Dog Walk and See-Saw. In the event of mitigating circumstances (i.e. adverse weather conditions) at a show a Judge, with the full agreement of the Competition Manager, may omit ananyitem of compulsory equipment as deemed appropriate at the time. Any omission from the equipment must be reported by the show management to the Kennel Club within 14 days of the date of the show. With this proviso classes are defined as follows:

(Insertion in bold. Deletion scored through.)

 

Regulation H(1)(B)1.a.(2)(iv) Omission of Compulsory Equipment from a Class

  This amendment specifically for the Championship Class is required to be consistent with the change made to Regulation H(1)(A)4. Omission of Compulsory Equipment from a Class where it may be required on occasion to remove more than one piece of compulsory equipment.

 Therefore, Regulation H(1)(B)1.a.(2)(iv) is amended as follows:

  TO:

In the event of extreme adverse weather conditions at a show a Judge, with the full agreement of the Competition Manager, may alter theomit any compulsory equipment as deemed appropriate at the time.  Any alteration omission to the equipment must be reported by the show management to the Kennel Club within 14 days of the date of the show.

(Insertion in bold.  Deletions struck through.)

 

Regulation H(1)(B)4.(3) Dog Measuring Regulations Change

  In response to feedback regarding measuring the Kennel Club has recently reviewed the process for dogs entering competitions and has agreed that Large dogs entered for competition will not require an official Kennel Club measurement.

Dogs that have had their first measure do not need not have to have a second measure if the handler believes their dog is obviously large so, they can continue to enter shows at the large height category.

However, once a dog has competed in any class in the large height category at a Kennel Club Licenced event, it may not change to a different height.

Those handlers who are not sure if their dog is in fact large, or medium, may of course continue to have their dogs measured before competing as per now.

Therefore Regulation H(1)(B)4.(3) is amended as follows:

TO:

Large dogs entered for competition will not require an official Kennel Club measurement. Once a dog has competed in any Class in the Large Height category at a Kennel Club Licenced event it may not change to a different height.

(Insertion in bold.  Deletions struck through.)

Regulation H(1)(B)5.a.(10) and the Introduction of a Breakaway Tyre

The Kennel Club has approved the use of a 'breakaway tyre', manufactured by Jaycee Jumps, at licensed agility shows. The breakaway tyre has been studied in use by the Kennel Club Equipment Panel and approved for inclusion at licensed shows from 1 January 2016.

On the new design (on the right of the normal tyre in the image below), the lower 'breakaway' section of the tyre is held in place by magnets but may be dislodged by a dog which misjudges their jump and hits it.

 When the breakaway tyre is used, dogs will incur 5 faults by dislodging the lower section, whereas on the normal tyre this obviously isn't the case. The normal tyre (on the left of the image) may still be used at shows after this date.

A short film of a dog successfully negotiating the breakaway tyre and then another with the dog hitting the tyre and dislodging the lower part can be found at                                                                                                                           www.thekennelclub.org.uk/breakawaytyre

In terms of judging, the current Regulation H(1)(B)5.a.(10) which states 'All other obstacles - 5 faults for failure to negotiate correctly' is sufficient for faulting dogs which have caused the breakaway tyre to either dislodge or break away.

Manufacturers considering producing a breakaway tyre are subject to the approval of the Kennel Club Equipment Panel before their equipment will be accepted at licensed agility shows.

Regulation H(1)9.e Appointing a separate Judge for the Jumping Round of the Championship Class

This change is necessary because of the increasing numbers of entries to Championship classes being received by show committees. The numbers entered for the Large height has, on more than one occasion, recently breached the maximum number of 450 dogs allowed to be judged in one day. This will therefore allow show organisers to appoint a separate judge for the jumping round. In addition the maximum number of dogs to be judged in a Championship qualifying heat has been set at 200 at which point another judge must be appointed for the jumping round.

Therefore Regulation H(1)9.e is amended as follows:

TO:

The maximum number of individual runs a person shall judge on one day is 450, excluding unforeseen eventualities such as re-runs. Where Championship Class entries exceed 200 an additional previously approved Championship Judge must be appointed for the Jumping round. Reserve judges may enter dogs…(Insertion in bold).

Regulation H28.a.(7)&(8) Judges Appointed in an Emergency

This change is required to clarify when a judge is appointed in an emergency and is to ensure that they are not penalised for stepping in at short notice. Therefore the following amendment to clause (7) has been made to clarify the situation and make it consistent with clause (8).

Therefore, H28. Disqualification and Forfeit of Awards is amended as follows:

TO:

A dog may be disqualified by the General Committee from any award whether an objection has been lodged or not, if proved amongst other things to have been…

(7)  Entered for competition or handled in the ring by a judge at that Competition. This shall not apply to dogs owned by a Judge appointed in an emergency.

(8)        Registered or recorded as owned by the scheduled Judge within a period of 12 months prior to the competition. This shall not apply to dogs owned by a Judge appointed in an emergency.

(Insertion in bold)

Regulation K3.c. Agility Warrants

The Agility Warrant scheme has proven very popular with many dogs now having achieved the highest Gold Award which is very encouraging to see and therefore, it has been decided to add two further levels of Platinum and Diamond to provide handlers with additional goals to aim for. The Platinum and Diamond awards will be new awards starting from January 2016 and will not be retrospectively applied so dogs that already hold a Gold Warrant will start from 800 points irrespective of how many points were earnt prior to January 2016. 

Therefore Regulation K3.c. is amended as follows:

TO:

Bronze 200 points (minimum of 50 points in agility)

Silver 400 points (minimum of 100 points in agility)

Gold 800 points (minimum of 200 points in agility)

Platinum 1200 points (minimum 300 points in agility)

Diamond 1600 points (minimum 400 points in agility)

The following titles may be used after the name of the dog on Show entries and catalogues:

Bronze             AW(B)

Silver               AW(S)

Gold                AW(G)

Platinum         AW(P)

Diamond         AW(D)

(Insertions in bold)

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