Competing in Rally

First Competition

Once you have started training your dog and understand how Rally works, you will want to think about entering a competition.

When entering a dog for a Rally competition, it must be entered in a standard class at the level for which it is eligible. The dog may also, if desired, be entered in up to two additional classes, one further standard class at the subsequent higher level, one additional special class, or two additional special classes. A dog may be entered in special classes only, up to a maximum of 3 classes. Special classes do not count towards progression.

Progressing

Rally handler/dog teams compete in their lowest eligible class from Level 1 to Level 6. They may also compete at the subsequent level. Progression to the next level does not require wins or placings. Progression is dependent upon gaining three Excellent scores, under three different judges, or six qualifying scores under four different judges.

Levels 1-4 have a qualifying score of 175 out of 200
Levels 5 and 6 have a qualifying score of 180 out of 200

In all levels a qualifying score of 190 or above equates to an excellent score.

When you have gained more experience, you are likely to set your sights on progressing into more advanced classes. To progress, you must achieve the qualifying scores as laid out below:-

   

Level 1

Open to dogs which have not achieved a Level 1 or Level 1 Excellent Title.

Level 2

Open to all dogs which have achieved a Level 1 or Level 1 Excellent Title, except those that have achieved a Level 2 or Level 2 Excellent Title. Dogs eligible for and entered at Level 1 may also enter at this Level.

Level 3

Open to all dogs which have achieved a Level 2 or Level 2 Excellent Title, except those that have achieved a Level 3 or Level 3 Excellent Title. Dogs eligible for and entered at Level 2 may also enter at this level.

Level 4

Open to all dogs which have achieved a Level 3 or Level 3 Excellent Title, except those that have achieved a Level 4 or Level 4 Excellent Title. Dogs eligible for and entered at Level 3 may also enter at this level.

Level 5

Open to all dogs which have achieved a Level 4 or Level 4 Excellent Title, except those that have achieved a Level 5 or Level 5 Excellent Title. Dogs eligible for and entered at Level 4 may also enter at this level.

Level 6

Open to all dogs which have achieved a Level 5 or Level 5 Excellent Title. Dogs eligible for and entered at Level 5 may also enter at this level.

Titles

Only the highest Level title achieved should be used after the dog’s name. The title is designated as 'RL1', 'RL2', 'RL3', 'RL4', 'RL5', or 'RL6' and appears after the dog's name.

 

 

Level 1 Title

Requires six qualifying scores of 175 or better, earned under four different judges at Level 1.

Level 2 Title

Requires six qualifying scores of 175 or better, earned under four different judges at Level 2.

Level 3 Title

Requires six qualifying scores of 175 or better, earned under four different judges at Level 3.

Level 4 Title

Requires six qualifying scores of 175 or better, earned under four different judges at Level 4.

Level 5 Title

Requires six qualifying scores of 180 or better, earned under four different judges at Level 5.

Level 6 Title

Requires six qualifying scores of 180 or better, earned under four different judges at Level 6.

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