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The Kennel Club Announces Changes To Rally Regulations

05 January 2016    10:00
 

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

S4. Licensed Rally Competitions

Limited competitions are being introduced to encourage new participants into Rally so there is a need for a number of amendments to the existing Regulations and the introduction of some new Regulations:

S4. Licensed Rally Competitions is amended as follows:

TO:

Licensed Competitions held under Kennel Club Rules and Regulations are those held under licence granted by the General Committee of the Kennel Club and are:

a.         Open Rally Competitions - Open to all competitors.

b.         Limited Rally Competitions - Where entry is limited to-

(i)         Members of the Competition Society

(ii)        Competitors resident within a specific area

(iii)       Specific Breeds

(iv)      By numbers (such numbers to be stipulated in the schedule)

(v)       Or otherwise subject to approval of the General Committee of the Kennel Club.

(Insertions in bold.)

(Subsequent paragraphs to be renumbered.)

Regulation S17.b.

This is required to differentiate between judging at Open and Limited Competitions.

Regulation S17.b. is amended as follows:

TO:

S17.b

Before judging a Level 1 or Level 2 class at an Open Rally Competition a judge must have…..

Insert new Regulation S17.e.

The following change is designed to ensure that judges receive help in designing suitable courses and attendance at a seminar would provide valuable feedback which would assist in their development.

Therefore, Regulation S17.e. is amended as follows:

Before judging at a Limited Rally Competition a judge must have:

(1)       handled a dog and achieved a Qualifying Score whilst competing at an Open Rally Competition.

(2)       attended a Kennel Club Rally Regulations and Judging Procedure Seminar and passed the Regulations and Judging Procedure examination

(3)       attended a Kennel Club Rally Practical Judging Seminar

(4)       OR be an existing Kennel Club Rally qualified judge

(Insertions in bold.)

(Subsequent paragraphs to be renumbered.)

Regulation S(A)1. Levels

This is to clarify that scores earned at Limited Competitions do not count towards Progression or Titles.

Therefore Regulation S(A)1. is amended as follows:

TO:

Rally handler/dog teams compete at one of six levels, from Level 1 to Level 6.  Progression to the next Level does not require either wins or places.  Qualification is by achieving a score of at least 170 out of 200 on three occasions under three different judges.  Scores of 170 or greater earned at Limited Rally Competitions do not count towards Progression, Rally Level Titles or Excellent Titles.

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S(A)2. Eligibility

This amendment enables competitors to enter two Special classes while retaining the requirement to enter the standard class for which they are eligible.

The objective of this amendment is to encourage Clubs to schedule more Special (or non-qualifying) classes and to provide competitors with the opportunity to enter more such classes. 

Therefore Regulation S(A)2. Eligibility is amended as follows:

TO:

When entered for a showcompetition, a dog must be entered in a standard class at the level for which it is eligible as defined below. The dog may also, if desired, be entered in two additional classes, either one further standard class at the next level up, plus one additional special class, or two additional special classes. In the following definitions, 'achieved a Level 1 Title', 'achieved a Level 2 Title' and so on mean that the dog meets the requirements for those Titles as defined in paragraph 3 below. 

(Insertions in bold. Deletion struck through.)

Regulation S(B)3.f Finish

This is to clarify that handlers may play and reward their dogs before undertaking the Bonus exercise.

Therefore, Regulation S(B)3.f Finish is amended as follows:

TO:

Timing concludes as the dog/handler team crosses the Finish Line. If the dog/handler team has not chosen to perform the Bonus Exercise, judging concludes as the dog/handler team crosses the Finish Line. If the dog/handler team has chosen to perform the Bonus Exercise, judging will conclude after the dog/handler team completes the exercise. Once a dog/handler team has crossed the Finish line the handler is permitted to release the dog from the heel position and to physically praise and play with their dog prior to undertaking the bonus exercise.

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ENDS


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