Any society which has to cancel its event should contact us to confirm the cancellation and to let us know whether the licence fee is to be refunded or deferred to a future show/trial. A form for this purpose can be completed online and club secretaries also have the facility to cancel their event via the dashboard of their club profile, when they are logged into their account.
Guidance and advice
Most legal restrictions to control COVID-19 have been lifted at step 4. This includes the following:
- You do not need to stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with. There are also no limits on the number of people you can meet
- However, in order to minimise risk at a time of high prevalence, you should limit the close contact you have with those you do not usually live with, and increase close contact gradually. This includes minimising the number, proximity and duration of social contacts
- You should meet outdoors where possible and let fresh air into homes or other enclosed spaces
- The requirement to wear face coverings in law has been lifted. However, the government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport
It seems sensible to therefore continue with some vigilance – signing etc to ensure those who feel ill do not attend or should leave/self-isolating if being requested to do so.
The emphasis is keeping yourself and everyone safe. The government is advising us to proceed gradually and cautiously.
People may wish to continue to wear masks in some contexts and keeping some distance wherever possible. Provision of hygiene measures is still important.
The virus is still prevalent and so the mantra of HANDS, FACE, SPACE, FRESH AIR is still key; being mindful is the event is an area of high infection rates; being aware of the contexts in which there may be close contact with non-household members and therefore to continue to provide for adequate space/avoiding pinch points of entry and so on.
To continue to liaise with your insurance provider may also be helpful as we move forward especially if you have any particular areas of concern.
To that end, we have only slightly modified our guidance to clubs and societies at this point but plan more extensive advice as we see how the summer develops and with the experiences of individual events and in other spheres.
Whilst the Government has lifted restrictions in England relating to Covid The Kennel Club would still like to remind clubs and societies of the importance of liaison with the relevant local authority.
All official messages at the moment are advising caution and therefore this sentiment should be taken into consideration when making the decision to go ahead with an imminent licensed event.
Government and local authorities
Societies are required to consider government advice, including DEFRA, in place at the time when planning an event. It is also worth noting that current advice is different for different parts of the United Kingdom and this needs to be taken into account when planning the event both in relation to the venue and expected participants.
Local authorities still have the authority to close local outside spaces, shut premises and cancel events if they feel it is necessary. Therefore it is imperative that liaison is undertaken with the local authority to ensure any specific area requirements are included in an events risk assessment. If you require a letter from The Kennel Club for your local authority please use the information here.
Licences and cancellations for your event
One of the main concerns for societies is whether there will be adequate insurance cover. It is always best to check with the society’s own insurance provider. It is unlikely that any Covid-19-specific insurance will be available but general public liability will be available. A society should ensure that best efforts are undertaken to ensure that the venue/ground is Covid-19 safe, in line with government advice available at the time (including risk assessments). This will then help to demonstrate that the society has discharged its duty of care to participants and visitors. It is not possible to guarantee a no Covid-19 risk scenario, and there will be an element of assumption of risk by the participant/visitor. The society’s job is to minimise that risk. All clubs and societies should appoint a Covid safety officer, whose responsibility is to monitor and oversee that Covid-19 prevention procedures are maintained throughout the day. This person may be an existing steward or an additional person. A log must be kept of any untoward incidents. The Covid safety officer must be named on the event schedule as well as on any notices/signage at the event to allow for a contact/reporting point for any issues which may arise out of the Covid prevention procedures. As always in the context of health and safety, there should be clearly documented instructions and role descriptions defining the clear delegation of responsibilities for the range of health and safety issues at the event.
A statement must be included in all schedules to state that if a competitor, or anyone in their household, has Covid-19-related symptoms or has tested positive for Covid-19, they must not attend the event and should self isolate in line with government advice.
General areas for consideration by societies will revolve around financial planning for the event and whether it will be feasible to proceed whilst following government advice. Download a template financial risk document. It will be necessary to ensure the planned venue is open for bookings, and for some events, that local hotels are able to accommodate the required number of bookings.
The Kennel Club would like to apologise to exhibitors/competitors at forthcoming licensed events that the operational issues currently being experienced will impact upon the issuing of award certificates by our office across all activities, e.g. Challenge Certificates, Warrants and Champion titles.
For this reason, we are reminding everyone that it is permitted to enter events or classes where eligibility is dependent upon awards and/or titles which are pending confirmation, e.g. moving from Limit to the Open class at dog shows. Indeed exhibitors must do this. Also, in the case of Champion Stakes, exhibitors do not need to wait for their dog’s champion status to be confirmed before entering.
For any issues which may arise regarding eligibility, please email us. We appreciate the patience and forbearance of exhibitors and competitors at this time and will provide updates in due course.
Every society must undertake its own individual Covid-19 planning risk assessment in addition to the normal risk assessment that is undertaken for every event.
Any particular measures or conditions that competitors need to be aware of prior to the event must be included within the schedule.
Specific areas that need to be considered are:
Written guidance should be sought from the venue hirer regarding any special measures the show committee must undertake during their hiring period.
Is there space for additional distance to be provided between vehicles? Car parking marshals may be required to ensure vehicles are parked at appropriate distances between each other. It may be necessary to dictate the types of vehicles that can be accommodated in day parking, and that no gazebos/tents can be erected around cars, to ensure there is sufficient space for people to walk safely between the vehicles and from the car park to the ring area.
Rings may need to be spread out more than previously to allow space between the rings for free movement of people and to ensure that those in adjacent rings are not too close to each other. It may be necessary to state that people may not walk between certain rings. Disposable ring tape should be considered to remove the necessity for disinfecting ring ropes.
Indoor venues may need to have more space around rings to ensure there is adequate space and a separate entrance and exit should be encouraged, with a one-way system included.
Is your proposed venue therefore large enough to accommodate the above and any other special requirements? Do you need to reconsider which classes are scheduled, so as to reduce the number of competitors and therefore vehicles and possibly rings that are required?
Schedule of events
Overseas judges and competitors
Agility regulations temporarily suspended/amended until 31 December 2021
Societies may wish to hold smaller shows to allow more space around rings. It is suggested that more combined classes are scheduled (as opposed to graded) and a restriction of three classes per dog is included. It may be advisable to try and schedule the same height or grade of dogs together with classes for different heights or grades later in the day with advisement of when competitors should arrive, to minimise the number of vehicles and people on site.
Regulations have been amended/altered to facilitate smaller shows as follows:
Number of entrants/classes
- Capped classes – Regulation H(1)(A).12
Societies may consider capping classes, the minimum capping limit for a standard class has been reduced to 50 dogs per class and will be available for all types of shows. This means that a class can be limited to a maximum of 50 dogs (except for Kennel Club qualifiers or championship classes which must be open to all eligible dogs). This limit may be set higher if the society feels the venue is large enough to accommodate more entrants and may be increased after the schedule has been issued (or the closing date) if government restrictions allow. Regulation H(1)(A) 12 provides more detail.
- Limited agility shows – Regulation HJ(1)3.d
Limited shows may schedule a maximum of eight standard classes and it is recommended these are spread evenly amongst the heights offered at the show.
- Societies may divide the course walking into blocks so the first group of handlers walk the course and then run it, followed by the next block of handlers walking and then running. Alternatively a society may rotate the course walking into blocks so that group A walk the course, followed by group B walking the course whilst group A get their dogs, group A then runs the course, group C walks the course and then get their dogs whilst group B runs their dogs etc.
- Courses may be walked at any height and do not need to be walked at the dog’s competing height. It would also be possible to run the same course concurrently for different heights, if the system above was used with different groups being different heights of dog
- All arrangements for course walking and running must be set out in the ring plan prior to the show
- Competitors may need to be reminded that if they are handling more than one dog in a class they need to run them in the correct order, as per Regulation H(1)10.d
- Handlers could also be reminded to compete as close to their running order as possible and that it is their responsibility to be available for their class and running order. This will be particular relevant if the class is run in blocks as detailed above. Regulation H(1)10.f covers this requirement
Dispensation has been provided for dogs requiring a second (or third measurement) since 17 March 2020. They will need to have this carried out by 31 December 2021. Until this date, a dog which has had its first measurement may continue to compete regardless of whether it has had its second or third measurement. This date will remain under review based on the current situation, but will not be brought forward. Dogs must have had an initial measurement to compete.
Societies may apply for any type of licence up to six weeks prior to the show date. (The required date may not be available if another premier/championship society already has that date.)
Championship Show Dates
Should a society need to change its championship show date it may be possible to schedule two Championship Agility Shows on the same date as long as they are geographically wide apart (150 miles minimum). Each application to do so will continue to be considered on a case by case basis.
Bloodhound working trials
Updated: 22 July 2021
Bloodhound working trials are a small gathering of people (normally 25 or fewer) in the open air and held on private land away from populated areas. Spectators are usually members of the competitors’ households. Person to hound transmission is not currently demonstrated. This indicates a low risk of transmitting the Covid-19 virus.
It would be considered good practice for societies to make their own risk assessment available to potential competitors. This may be achieved by providing a link to a website or social media page.
Attendees should travel to the start and finish of lines in their own vehicles whenever possible.
Adequate distance between participants should be considered where possible.
Stake managers and road marshals should have wipes and hand sanitiser available to wipe door handles and hard surfaces between transporting judges/competitors. Face coverings may be worn in these instances.
Maps should be prepared well in advance and kept in a sealed folder until needed.
Scent articles should not be handkerchiefs or gloves and not kept in pockets where they may come in contact with tissues or handkerchiefs. They should be disposable. Strips of fabric will be available for the line walker during the trial.
Plastic bags should be provided for handlers to put scent articles in.
Only one person should open the gate to the start of the line. Spectators should avoid leaning on gates etc.
Prize giving and judges summing up should take place outside in the field after the last line of the day, to ensure enough space is available for everyone.
Consideration should be given as to whether the hunt supper should be held.
All competitors should be requested to bring their own refreshments.
Details of the local hospital and vets should be specified in the catalogue, and liaison should be undertaken with both to ensure they are able to provide the required cover and are aware the event is taking place.
Updated: 22 July 2021
Societies may wish to hold smaller shows where possible and consider their show layout to allow more space around rings. It is suggested that consideration is given to what classes/breeds are scheduled, especially in relation to stakes classes. It is advisable to encourage specific timing for breeds/classes and once a class/breed has been judged and the dog has finished being shown exhibitors may be requested to leave the venue/the side of the ring to minimise the number of people in close proximity.
All societies must undertake their own Covid-19 specific risk assessment in addition to the normal risk assessment undertaken for all shows. If the risk assessment is not tailored to the club’s own show it cannot help it to meaningfully address the risks and it will not be demonstrating that the club has actively managed the risks for the safety of all participants and visitors.
All references to face masks also include face coverings as detailed in government guidance and must be provided by the exhibitor if necessary.
The following guidance may be included in risk assessments
- Rings must have a separate entrance and exit, which must be adhered to by all exhibitors
- All exhibitors should consider other people whilst in the ring and be courteous regarding space
- It may be necessary for dogs to be in the ring on rotation if the ring is not large enough to accommodate all exhibits in one go allowing enough space between exhibitors
- The judge should sanitise their hands after assessing each dog
- The handler could show the dog’s teeth to the judge
The following measures are suggested but must be adapted for each society depending on the circumstances, size of the ring etc.
- Separate tables may be provided for the judge and the steward/s
- The judge may wish to handle their own judge’s book and Stewards should check this with them before the start of judging
- Award boards next to each ring are optional to minimise the handling of the result sheets and overcrowding around the award board. If an award board is not provided a separate folder should be provided for the collation of result slips to be passed to the secretary after the completion of judging
- Certificates/rosettes could be laid out, on a separate table, in advance of judging and exhibitors may be requested to collect them after each class to minimise contact
- Any prize money could be available in envelopes with the awards.
- Ring numbers and catalogues (where applicable) could be prepared in envelopes for collection at a dedicated area
- Rings should be large enough to accommodate the largest entry
- Spectators should not be allowed to sit ringside to ensure enough space is available between them and those exhibiting in the ring
- Societies should consider the various administrative items, how they are managed, by whom and whether they are needed. It may be that hand sanitiser is used after handling of various items
- It is recommended that Miniature Dachshunds are not weighed. If they are weighed the scales must be cleaned after each dog by the steward
- It is recommended that dogs are not measured. If measuring is undertaken, equipment must be cleaned after each dog, by the steward
The following regulations have been relaxed until 31 December 2021
Award boards need not be provided and therefore the following regulations are suspended:
(1) Group and general championship shows:- A board within the ring on which the awards must be clearly displayed after each class, as soon as determined by the judge.
(2) Breed club championship shows, open and limited shows:- An area for the display of awards.
The following regulations have been relaxed in the first instance to allow entries to be capped.
Championship shows-which are open to all exhibitors (except where a qualification for entry has been approved by the Board of The Kennel Club) and at which Kennel Club Challenge Certificates are offered. (vide Kennel Club Show Regulation F(1))
Open shows-which are open to all exhibitors. (vide Kennel Club Show Regulation F(1)
Capped/postal entries - FAQs
1. Should we include that the entry will be capped in the schedule?
Yes, the fact that entries will be capped and the method in which this will be done should be clearly stated in the schedule.
2. Do we have to accept postal entries?
No, societies can only accept online entries for shows providing that this is clearly stated in the schedule. Should you only accept online entries, the date in which class eligibility is calculated should be the earliest published closing date which must be included within the schedule.
3. Do we have to cap all breeds?
No, societies can choose which breeds may need to have a capped entry however, the initial method of capping should aim to be fair towards all breeds.
4. We host a number of partnership shows. If we are capping, do they have to?
It may be necessary for any partnership show to have a capped entry to ensure the acceptable number of people on the showground is not exceeded. The potential need for a cap at any partnership show should be discussed by both societies prior to the release of any schedule.
5. Can we close the entry before the published closing date if we reach the maximum entry?
Entries may be closed early to avoid going over the maximum number of dogs allowed.
Field trials and gundog working tests
Updated: 22 July 2021
The following areas should be considered for all field trial risk assessments:
Where reference is made to the competitor this applies to the handler on the day of the trial (only applies to field trials).
Arrangements prior to the trial
Site visit to the ground with the keeper:
- Risk assessment to be completed prior to site visit, updated as necessary and available on the day
- Hand sanitising gel/wipes are required by all attendees and provided by them
- Societies are encouraged to appoint local judges where possible in order to minimise travel. Where an overseas judge was already under contract, the appointment may proceed provided it does not contravene any government regulations or restrictions
- Societies should encourage all judges to provide as much notice as possible should their circumstances change, which would mean they may not be able to fulfil an appointment
Schedule, entry form and draw:
- Advise competitors how the day will be run and detail any procedures or changes to usual order of running on the schedule and draw (e.g. the requirement for competitors to provide their own numbers, the wearing of face masks etc.)
- Detail how entries can be submitted. Online processors are recommended to avoid the requirement to quarantine postal entries and unnecessary contact with entry forms or cheques. Alternatively entry forms may be emailed to the secretary and payment made via Paypal etc. (This would still constitute manual entries and a manual draw could be undertaken if required)
- There should be no handling of entry forms, cheques, or cash on the day
- Clubs and societies should appoint a Covid safety officer, whose responsibility is to make sure that Covid prevention procedures are maintained throughout the day. This person may be an existing steward or an additional person. A log must be kept of any untoward incidents. The Covid safety officer must be named on the event schedule
- A statement must be included in all schedules to state that if a competitor, or anyone in their household, has Covid-19-related symptoms or has tested positive for Covid-19, they must not attend the event and should self isolate in line with government advice
- It is advisable that written information on all participants and attendees is collated. This should be detailed enough to allow NHS Test and Trace to contact all participants if any attendee becomes ill with Covid-19. These records must be kept for 21 days
- There should be no field trial cards or working test running cards on the day, all cards to be issued electronically in advance to all competitors
Accommodation for judges and officials:
- Check judges are comfortable staying away from home and are not isolating, either themselves or another member of their household
- Include a statement to this effect on the confirmation letter
- If appropriate, arrange for hotel to provide packed lunch for resident judges
- When setting out direction signs, use gloves when using any tools borrowed from another to avoid the risk of cross contamination. Masks be worn when in close proximity to another individual
- Confirm the vets can provide emergency services for non-registered patients and research the protocol for doing so should veterinary support be required on the day
Arrangements at the event
- Vehicles should be parked with enough spacing between them to allow enough space between competitors
- Risk assessment should be available on the day to all attending the trial. The host/estate must have received this document in advance
- Judges' books and current regulations must be provided by the judge concerned and only handled by them
- Certificates/prize cards/rosettes should be posted out following the trial instead of being available on the day to avoid any unnecessary physical contact. Certificates may be sent electronically
- Radios should be handled when wearing gloves and thoroughly cleaned using antibacterial wipes before and after use. Earpieces must not be worn unless these are the individual's own
- Societies may wish to consider stipulating that no food will be provided to any attendees, including judges and officials
- If food provisions are required, these must be provided from approved retailers
- Judges' books and current regulations should be provided by the judge concerned and only handled by them
- All stationery required by the judge to be provided by themselves
- Game certificates will not be required to be completed and it will be assumed that the conditions of the stake were such as to enable the dogs to be satisfactorily tested. If this is not the case, The Kennel Club's field trial department must be notified within seven days (only applies to field trials)
- There should be no physical contact with any competitor prior or post run
- Face masks may be worn during any conferring between the judges
- When handling game passed from a competitor, a face mask may be worn by the judge, judge’s steward and game carrier and should be undertaken at a maximum distance possible. Hands should be sanitised between passing each bird. Gloves could be worn but would need to be changed and safely discarded following each individual run to ensure no cross contamination
- Judges should be encouraged to submit online field trial judge evaluation forms. Physical nomination forms will not be provided by the society (only applies to field trials)
Officials and helpers (game carriers, judges’ stewards, red flag carriers, game markers, number board carriers, beaters, stops, picker-up, caterers etc.):
- All equipment used should be the individual's own wherever possible; game bags, red flags etc. If this is not possible, then gloves should be worn and equipment should be thoroughly wiped down with antibacterial wipes after use
- Shotguns should be handled by the owner only and cartridges must not be transferred between individuals
- Guns must only shoot forward to safeguard the gallery
- It is advised that spectators are not allowed and only the handler of each dog will be permitted on to the trial ground. If a competitor has more than one dog running, an appointed individual, ideally from their own household, must be willing to hold their additional dog. Other competitors should not be used for this purpose. Anyone else that travelled to the trial with a competitor may be asked to remain in their own vehicle and not be permitted to spectate but details will be collected for NHS Test and Trace purposes
- It is recommended that societies do not provide competitor armbands. Competitors will be required to provide their own number, which does not need to be an armband but must be clearly visible
- Remind all attendees of any measures in place to ensure their safety - masks, gloves or antibacterial sanitiser should be provided by the competitors/judges
- If a competitor has more than one dog running, an appointed individual, ideally from their own household, must be willing to hold their additional dog. Other competitors should not be used for this purpose
- Any individual who is deemed to be putting the safety of others at risk will be asked to leave the ground
- Competitors should check how entries may be made as postal entries may not be accepted
- Competitors should be aware that all communication, including the draw and field trial card, will be undertaken electronically (only applies to field trials)
- Competitors must provide their own face mask and hand sanitiser to use at appropriate times
- Competitors will be required to provide their own number for identification purposes when in line. This does not need to be an armband but must be clearly visible to the judge when the handler joins the line
- Competitors should make themselves aware of any specific requirements made by the society
- Competitors should be aware that spectators may not be allowed
- Competitors must be aware that if they, or anyone in their household, has Covid-19-related symptoms or has tested positive for Covid-19, they must not attend the event and should self-isolate in line with government advice
- Where possible, travel around the shoot should be on foot, as this allows space between competitors to be maintained and reduces the risk of Covid-19 transmission. If practicable, individuals or household groups should travel in separate vehicles. Transport should be planned well in advance of the day to ensure appropriate provision is in place
- If using transport around the ground, space between passengers must be considered by sitting side ¬by ¬side, not face ¬to ¬face, and increasing ventilation in the vehicle. Face masks should be worn for the duration of the journey by everyone in the vehicle. Hand hygiene – using hand washing facilities or hand sanitiser – before and after each journey is also encouraged
- The winners must be announced but awards could be issued after the event to avoid unnecessary physical contact
- Certificates/prize cards/rosettes could be posted out following the trial or sent electronically as appropriate
- Alternatively trophies and awards should be sanitised and bagged in a plastic bag and kept aside for a minimum of 72 hours prior to the trial. Then the secretary should sanitise their hands before presenting the bag to the recipient
Gifts for host and keeper:
- All gifts should only be handled when necessary
Field trial regulations temporarily suspended/amended until 1 February 2022
Regulations have been amended/altered to facilitate Covid-19 safe trials as follows:
Societies are advised that when a competitor is not able to attend a trial due to them or a member of their household having Covid-19 symptoms or having tested positive for Covid-19 or if they reside in an area subject to a government lock down restriction, they will not be liable for the entry fee, even if they withdraw less than seven days before the trial.
Judges are responsible for providing their own copy of the current field trial regulations, not the chief steward.
The Game Certificate will not be signed and it will be assumed that the conditions of the stake were such as to enable the dogs to be satisfactorily tested. If this is not the case, The Kennel Club field trial department must be notified within seven days.
The requirement for judges to have attended a Kennel Club Judges’ Training Programme seminar on Kennel Club J Regulations for the appropriate sub-group, and to have passed the examination, to remain on the judging panel has been extended from 1 January 2022 to 2 February 2023.
Heelwork to music
Updated: 22 July 2021
Heelwork to music regulations temporarily suspended/amended until 31 December 2021
This must be read in conjunction with all other documents relating to the operational plan for the resumption of canine events.
It may be advisable to try and schedule lower level classes in the morning and higher level classes in the afternoon with advisement of when competitors should arrive, to minimise the number of vehicles and people on site.
The following Regulation has been amended to ensure judges can remain qualified to judge:
Approval of Judges
Any judge who was due to attend a Regulation and Judging Procedure seminar during 2020, to comply with the requirement to attend a seminar every four years, must attend one prior to 1 January 2022 to remain an active judge.
Changes to Music
Entry for Competition – Regulation L11.g
Societies would be advised to consider including a statement within the schedule that states music may not be changed on the day, regardless of whether it was submitted in advance of the competition or not.
Ring size – Regulation L12.a. and L13.7
The ring size must be detailed in the schedule, if a premier society is struggling to book a venue that enables it to comply with regulation L13.j The Kennel Club should be advised via email and the matter will be discussed.
Catalogues– Regulation L13.a
The requirement to issue catalogues was suspended. If required catalogues may be issued electronically in advance of the competition.
Scores – Regulation L13.h
The requirement to display all scores on the day was suspended but they must be available to competitors on request after the competition.
Printed award cards may be issued electronically after the event.
Updated: 22 July 2021
Obedience regulations temporarily suspended/amended until 31 December 2021
Societies may wish to hold smaller shows to allow more space around rings. Classes could be planned for either a morning or afternoon, and be advised in the schedule so that competitors can manage their arrival and departure. Societies’ attention is drawn to the risk assessment template for obedience shows.
All special arrangements put in place in relation to the regulations listed below must be clearly stated in the schedule. It is also recommended that a competitors briefing sheet containing all relevant information for the day be publicised along with running orders/class lists.
Regulations have been amended/altered to facilitate smaller shows as follows:
Societies may apply for any type of licence up to 6 weeks prior to the show date. The required date may not be available if another championship society already has that date.
Printed award cards need not be given but class results can be sent out after the show to all competitors to be retained as evidence. The format of awards / results can be at the show society’s discretion. Either emailed prize cards, posted award cards (and rosettes if desired), or by publishing a full list of all class results for competitors to download and keep in lieu of prize cards. Any awards given on the day should be done so in a covid compliant manner.
Obedience Awards of Merit certificates may still be awarded if a dog loses less than 10 marks, regardless of the fact that the test is temporarily out of less marks due to the suspension of stays. (See ‘Timed stays’ section)
Entry for competition
Societies may decide to only accept on line entries.
Printed catalogues are not recommended. An electronic version only to be shared with judges and other officials. All Kennel Club returns to be sent electronically
Societies will decide whether classes will have a pre-drawn full running order or one set up on the day, either as a full running order or time slots as handler’s book in. In each case the order of working must be adhered to with handers available to compete when required. The schedule must state what format the society has decided to use.
The requirement to include any stay exercise in obedience competitions has been suspended. During the suspension period, dogs competing in championship class C may be assumed to have not lost any of the marks available for stay exercises, so the total number of available marks for the test would remain at 300. Therefore obedience certificates may be awarded to the winners of these classes provided they have not lost more than 15 points. Reserve obedience certificates may also be awarded on the same basis.
Regulation G32. I
Show societies may suspend the requirement for run off’s in all open classes. The decision to do so must be published prior to the show. Thus, joint places will be awarded but subsequent places will be awarded as if the run off had taken place (e.g. two dogs have equal marks for second place, so both are awarded second place, the next placed dog will be awarded fourth place)
However, in championship class C there must be a run off in the event of dogs gaining equal marks for first, second or third.
Number of entrants / classes
Not all classes need to be scheduled but events may be restricted to either the lower classes (e.g. introductory to A) or higher (e.g. novice to C).
A society may schedule more than one of the same class during the show, i.e two novice classes. This is in order to cope with the potential demand for lower level classes for the new dogs coming out. Additionally, it will help spread the numbers over more classes. However, it is not restricted to lower level classes and societies may schedule more than one of any class.
Should two classes of the same level be scheduled, such as novice A and novice B, a dog may be entered in both classes and this would not be in breach of the regulation that says a dog may not compete in the same class more than once.
As long as a dog whose lowest class is Novice is entered into one of the novice classes scheduled, it may also be entered into a higher class. Alternatively, the dog may be entered in both novice classes. These would count as entering two classes, so depending on the society’s regulations for permission to enter two or three classes will depend on whether a third, higher class may also be entered.
Scheduling of classes
A society may schedule a mixture of combined sex classes or individual sex classes at the same show. It is not necessary for all classes to be the same.
For example, a society may schedule a beginner dog or beginner bitch class, and a novice dog and bitch class.
Show societies may run concurrent classes. For example, a show that has scheduled pre-beginner dog and pre-beginner bitch may run them concurrently and judge the dogs in the order which they turn up. The scores should be marked on the separate relevant score sheet.
Alternatively, the classes may be run separately with the dog class being run in the morning and the bitch class in the afternoon.
It is recommended to restrict any dog to enter no more than two classes.
Societies are advised to consider the use of capped classes.
Societies may also cap open classes at championship obedience shows (but not championship C classes).
Scent and equipment
Scent test for class A, B & C can take place as part of the ring work in a designated area of the ring set aside for this.
Regulation G(C)4.i.(3) and Regulations G(C)4.i.(4)
Class A and class B scent will be as detailed in the regulations.
Class C scent is modified to the handler’s scent (as per class B), there will be two decoy cloths, both from the same decoy steward.
A Society will decide whether the scent exercises will take place as part of the ring work or as a separate exercise. This will be published before the day.
Class C scent is modified, to ensure covid compliance.
All cloths will be placed in a box and not handled for at least 48 hours before the event.
The judge will place the cloth in the pattern in class B and class C.
The ring steward may then act as decoy steward.
Championship show dates
Should a society need to change its championship show date it may be possible to schedule two championship shows on the same date as long as they are geographically wide apart (150 miles minimum). Each application to do so will continue to be considered on a case by case basis.
Merit points for championship class C draws
Regulation G29.e details how points are calculated for inclusion in the running order draws for championship class C where the entry exceeds 60 dogs.
Due to the cancellation of events over the course of the pandemic no points will have been gained since March 2020.
Therefore all active merit points achieved from March 2019 will remain in place for a further year. Meaning that for any show held during 2021, merit points gained since March 2019 can be used for eligibility in to championship class C draws.
As with other Covid-19 regulation amendments, this is applicable until 31 December 2021.
Updated: 22 July 2021
Guidance for risk assessments associated with and/or amendments needed to restart rally competitions
Rally regulations temporarily suspended/amended until 31 December 2021
Societies may wish to hold smaller competitions to allow more space around rings. It may be advisable to try and schedule lower levels in the morning and higher levels in the afternoon with advisement of when competitors should arrive, to minimise the number of vehicles and people on site.
Regulations have been amended / altered to facilitate smaller competitions as follows:
Number of entrants/classes
Capped classes – Regulation S5.c
Societies are advised to consider capping classes, the minimum capping limit for a standard class has been reduced to 25 dogs per class and will be available for all types of shows. This means that a class can be limited to a maximum of 25 dogs. This limit may be set higher if the society feels the venue is large enough to accommodate more entrants and may be increased after the schedule has been issued (or the closing date).
Animals allowed in the competition – Regulation S12
Societies may wish to restrict spectators. Anyone on site that has not entered a dog for competition must provide details for test and trace purposes. Spectators may not be permitted to bring their dogs on site and competitors should consider whether their NFC dogs need to be taken to the competition.
Facilities and equipment
Judges are encouraged to provide their own rally exercise signs, station numbers and appropriate holders and lay their own course out. However if that is not possible loaned equipment should be sanitised before and after use.
There is no requirement for the handler to be issued with a ring number, they should make themselves known to the ring steward when they are due to work.
It is suggested that the judge provides their own administrative tools and completes the scribe sheets with the handler and dog details in advance of the competition.
Regulation S15.g and S15.h
Any cones or jumps required for the course should be provided by the judge.
All of these items should only be handled by the judge.
Printed certificates for qualifying scores and places may be issued electronically after the event.
Exercises and signsRegulation S(C)
Judges should carefully consider which exercises to use to ensure minimal cross contamination occurs. This means consideration should be given to using jumps, if these are included the judge must hand sanitise after handling the jump / pole each time, unless it is their equipment and only they have used it.
Bonus exercises 9, 11, 13 and 14 are currently suspended (retrieve and mat exercises) due to the requirement for a steward to handle the items.
Updated: 14 May 2021
Working trials regulations temporarily suspended/amended until 31 December 2021:
Regulation I24.a - In order to help manage numbers at a trial a society is permitted to schedule a single Championship CD, UD or WD stake provided there is not a Championship TD or PD stake on the same dates.