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Cancer Research UKA League Announced

UK Agility is pleased to announce a brand new league for 2017 in aid of Cancer Research. As in all other walks of life, the Agility community has been affected by this terrible disease. It is hoped that this Cancer Research UKA League will help them in their ground breaking work.

The Cancer Research UKA League will allow handler and dog partnerships to accumulate their results throughout the season creating a league table with top performing dogs recognised and rewarded at the end of the year.

There will be a separate league for each height, regardless of level, as well as a Team competition with the winner being invited to compete in the UKA Team Tournament at the Grand Finals.

The winners will hold the ‘Title’ for a year and will win a prize trophy to keep.

The Cancer Research UKA League will run for individuals as well as for Teams. Prizes for 1st will be awarded at the end of the year for:-

  • Each height

  • Overall team

  • Plus an overall ‘UKA Top Performer of the Year' (across all heights)

The league will be run by UK Agility with all profits donated to Cancer Research.

For more details including rules and entry form please click on the following link. http://ukagility.com/League.aspx

For League rules, Please click here

To download an entry form in Word, Please click here

To download an entry form in PDF, Please click here

About the Charity
Cancer Research is the world’s leading charity dedicated to beating cancer through research. The Charity has saved millions of lives by discovering new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer. 

Cancer survival is improving and has doubled over the past 40 years in the UK – now half of people diagnosed with cancer survive their disease for ten years or more, thanks to research.

Cancer Research fund research into more than 200 types of cancer, including the one that's most important to us. From the most common – such as breast, bowel, lung and prostate cancers – to rare types of tumour and children’s cancers, they support groundbreaking science that benefits everyone.

Cancer Research receive no government funding and their life-saving work relies on the money donated to them.


UKA Suspends Collapsible Tunnel in Competition

Effective as of 19 August 2016... UK Agility and UK Agility International are suspending the use of the collapsible tunnel at all UKA shows.

Over recent months, it has become very apparent that dogs getting tangled in cloth tunnels seems to be more frequently seen despite the introduction of straight approaches and exits. As an organisation we want to be proactive and respond before a serious injury occurs rather than after. In the event that a safer design for the chute is released and tested, we will then re-evaluate the possible reinstatement of this obstacle.

We would like to thank all the show managers over the next few weeks for their fast and positive responses to this decision.


Revised 2016 Heat Rules

UK Agility has re-issued the rules and regulations for the 2016 heats by competition.

The 2016 Doggy Jumps Masters Series

The aim of the Masters series is to encourage a high level of competitive running in UKA classes and improve the overall standard of top level agility in the UK. The Masters has been created for dogs and competitors whose goal is to compete at both National and International level. The Masters is also intended to attract the highest standard of judging over challenging agility and jumping courses.

General Rules

  • Open to all UKA Champion Level Performance dogs.

  • Separate competition for each height.

  • Agility and Jumping classes with results combined.

  • Both classes must follow the equipment rules of Champion agility and jumping but must also include a pipe tunnel, a flat tunnel, a long jump and a tyre. A wall may or may not be included.

  • Handlers must run in strict running order in the jumping round, failure to do so will result in elimination. The agility round will be run in reverse order of the jumping round results

  • Any late entries will run before those pre-entered.

  • Where a handler is running 2 dogs drawn close together the first dog may be moved up the running order to obtain 2 dogs between the handlers dogs. If this is not possible the handler will be given a 3 minute break between dogs.

Scoring

  • Standard UK Agility marking will apply.

  • Faults are converted into seconds. 5 faults = 5 seconds.

  • Time faults treated the same as course faults.

  • An elimination = 100 faults.

  • Dogs eliminated on course will be given a time of 60 seconds.

  • Dogs with the lowest score will be deemed the winner.

  • In the event of a tie the result from the Agility class will be the deciding factor.

  • If a dog becomes eligible for Champion level on the day of a Masters they may enter the event as long as this is able to be completed before the late entry closes.

  • Any extraordinary circumstances to be ruled by UK Agility.

Final Qualification

  • 10 Masters Series competitions

  • 1st & 2nd Overall qualify for Final unless they gained elimination in the jumping or agility round.

  • 1st place in the Agility or Jumping round qualifies for final regardless of score in the other round.

  • The annual Masters final will be held at the UK Agility Grand Finals.

  • The final will follow the same format as the heats.

Prizes

  • Entry fee = £12.

  • £7 of the entry fee placed in heat prize fund.

  • Each height has its own prize fund and will be divided as per Masters 'Prize Money Guide.'

  • £1 from each entry fee will be placed in the final prize fund.

  • At the final each height has its own prize fund and will be divided 1st = 50%, 2nd = 25%, 3rd = 15%, 4th = 10%.

  • Winner of each Masters will gain the letters MA after their UKA name.

  • Winner of the final will win the title of the UKA Masters Champion, a status that remains with the winning dog.

Heats

 

Date

Show

Venue

1

March 28th

UKA Easter

Dowtys, Cheltenham, Glos. GL2 9QH

2

April 10th

Broadlands

Nedlo, Sherfield English, Romsey, Hants. SO51 6FF

3

May 1st

GT Agility

Newbury Showground, Berks. RG18 9QZ

4

May 30th

Quad Paws

Mapledurham, Reading, Berks. RG4 7TR

5

June 19th

MADS

Birmingham Rugby Club, Portway, Solihull B94 5LH

6

July 2nd

Kelluki

Cranleigh Showground, Surrey GU6 7DW

7

July 27th

 UKA Nationals

Dowtys, Cheltenham, Glos. GL2 9QH

8

August 29th

Hawbridge

Hawbridge, Tirley, Glos, GL19 4HJ

9

September 3rd

Crooked Oak

Greenlands Equest Centre, Wreay, Carlisle, Cumbria CA4 0RR

10

September 11th

EASS

Anvil Park Stud, Larling, Norfolk NR16 2QU



The Dog Central Challenge 2016

The aim of this competition is to reward consistent performance across Agility and Jumping classes and not simply to reward just the winner of a single run. It also aims to encourage new handlers and/or young dogs to increase their consistency and their ability to produce two good runs in one day.

General Rules

  • Open to all Beginner and Novice dogs which are entered in both the Agility and Jumping class on the day. There will be a separate competition for each height.

  • Agility and Jumping class with the results combined.

  • Course level should be Beginner/Novice.

  • Course time is to be at Beginner rates of travel.

  • Each class also attains it's own results and count towards UKA progression.

Scoring

  • Standard UK Agility Marking will apply.

  • The dog with the least faults will be deemed the winner with time used as a tie break.

  • An elimination = 100 faults.

  • In the event of a tie the result from the Agility will be the deciding factor.

  • Any extraordinary circumstances to be ruled by UK Agility.

Final Qualification

  • 10 heats

  • Top 2 from each heat qualify for the Final.

  • The Final will be held at the UK Agility

Grand Finals.

  • The Final will follow the same format as the heats.

Prizes

  • Rosettes for all qualifiers and awards for heat winner

  • Rosettes for all finalists

  • Awards for top 3 finalists

Heats

 

Date

Show

Venue

1

 March 20th

AJAXS

Mapledurham, Reading, Berks RG4 7TR

2

March 26th

UKA Easter

Dowtys, Cheltenham, Glos. GL2 9QH

3

April 9th

Broadlands

Nedlo, Sherfield English, Romsey, Hants SO51 6FF

4

June 4th

Agility Rocks Devon

Stoney Field, Harcombe, Sidmouth, EX10 0PE

5

June 18th

MADS

Birmingham Rugby Club, Portway, B94 5LH

6

June 26th

GT Agility

Dowtys, Cheltenham, Glos. GL2 9QH

7

July 3rd

Kelluki

Cranleigh Showground, Surrey GU6 7DW

8

August 27th

Hawbridge

Hawbridge, Tirley, Glos, GL19 4HJ

9

September 4th

Agility Antics

Bakewell Showground, Derbys DE45 1AQ

10

September 10th

EASS

Anvil Park Stud, Larling, Norfolk NR16 2QU

www.dog-central.co.uk



The CSJ UK Agility Grand Prix 2016

General Rules

  • Open to all dogs from Novice to Champion level.

  • There will be a separate competition for each height.

  • All levels will run over the same course with each level attaining its own results counting towards UKA progression.

  • Course design level should be of a Senior Agility course. • Course time calculated with Novice Rate of travel.

  • The results of the 3 levels will then be combined.

Scoring

  • Standard UK Agility Marking will apply.

  • The dog with the least faults will be deemed the winner with time used as a tie break.

  • An elimination = 100 faults.

  • In the event of a tie a runoff will be required.

  • Any extraordinary circumstances to be ruled by UK Agility.

Final Qualification

  • 10 heats

  • Top 2 from each heat qualify for the Semi Final.

  • The top 10 from the Semi Final will progress to the Final.

  • The Semi Final & Final will be held at the UK Agility Grand Finals and follow the same rules as the heats.

Heats

 

Date

Show

Venue

1

 April 3rd

Lydiard Park

Lydiard Park, Wilts. SN5 3PA

2

April 24th

Agility Antics

Bakewell Showground, DE45 1AQ

3

April 30th

GT Agility

Newbury Showground, RG18 9QZ

4

May 7th

LADS

Gordon League RFC, Gloucester, GL2 5JN

5

May 15th

Red Run

Swanton Morley Village Hall, Norfolk, NR20 4NP

6

June 5th

Sutton Weavers

Sutton Farm, Runcorn, Cheshire, WA7 3EY

7

June 18th

Aldon

Buckland Farm, W Buckland, Somerset, TA21 9LN

8

August 6th

Tamisje

Tregonning Farm, Newquay, TR8 4PR

9

August 7th

Black Cat

Colmworth & N. Beds Golf Club, Beds, MK44 2AP

10

August 14th

Agility Rocks / Teejay

Dowtys, Cheltenham, Glos. GL2 9QH

www.csjk9.com



The SWAG Beginners Steeplechase Final 2016

www.southwestagilitygoods.co.uk

General Rules

  • Open to all Beginner Steeplechase dogs.

  • There will be a separate competition for each height.

  • The class will consist of one steeplechase course still counting towards normal UKA progression.

Scoring

  • Standard UK Agility marking will apply.

  • The dog with the least faults will be deemed the winner with time used as a tie break.

  • An elimination = 100 faults.

  • In the event of a tie a runoff will be required.

  • Any extraordinary circumstances to be ruled by UK Agility.

Final Qualification

  • 10 heats

  • Top 2 from each heat qualify for the Semi Final.

  • Dogs that have qualified for the Beginners Steeplechase at the Grand Finals in a previous year are not eligible to qualify.

  • The top 10 from the Semi Final will progress to the Final.

  • The Semi Final and Final will be held at the UK Agility Grand Finals and follow the same rules as the heats.

Heats

 

Date

Show

Venue

1  April 2nd Lydiard Park Lydiard Park, Wilts. SN5 3PA
2 April 23rd K9 Sports Rosewood Stud, Chippenham, Cambs. CB7 5QH
3 May 1st GT Agility Newbury Showground, Berks. RG18 9QZ
4 May 28th Phoenix Langford Vet Centre, Somerset BS40 5DU
5 June 12th Reservoir Dogs Hose Village Hall, Leicestershire LE14 4JR
6 June 19th Aldon Buckland Farm, W Buckland, Somerset TA21 9LN
7 July 10th LAPS Fownhope FC, Fownhope, Hereford HR1 4PJ
8 July 17th Captain Jacks Dowtys, Cheltenham, Glos. GL2 9QH
9 August 21st HADS Hawbridge, Tirley, Glos, GL19 4HJ
10 September 10th AJAXS Mapledurham, Reading, Berks. RG4 7TR

www.southwestagilitygoods.co.uk



The UKA Junior Open Championship 2016
Sponsored by www.agilityforjuniors.com

The aim of this competition is to encourage Junior handlers to compete against their peers in Agility and prepare them for their future competitions.

General Rules

  • Open to all handlers who are under 18 on the 1st December 2016.

  • Open to all levels and all heights running in one competition.

  • Agility and Jumping classes with results combined.

  • Course level should be Novice to Senior.

  • Course time is to be calculated at Novice rates of travel for the Maxi and Standard with 2 seconds added for the Midi and Toy.

Scoring

  • Standard UK Agility Marking will apply.

  • The results from each class will be combined with all faults (course and time faults) added to time and subtracted from the course time.

  • Time faults to be treated the same as course faults.

  • Eliminations will score 100 faults and also be given standard course time.

  • The dog with the highest number left will be deemed the winner.

  • (E.g. Course time Maxi/Std = 50 seconds, Midi /Toy 52 seconds. Dog 1; Maxi, clear in 30 seconds = 20 points. Dog 2; Std, 5 faults in 31 seconds = 14 points. Dog 3; Midi, clear in 34 seconds = 18 points. Dog 4; Toy, eliminated = -100 points)

  • In the event of a tie the result from the agility will be the deciding factor.

  • Any extraordinary circumstances to be ruled by UK Agility.

Final Qualification

  • 10 heats

  • Top 4 from each heat qualify for the Final.

  • The Final will be held at the UK Agility Grand Finals and follow the same rules as the heats.

Junior Agility Champion.

The winner of each heat will be awarded a Junior Certificate. The winner of the final will be awarded two Junior Certificates. Certificates are only awarded if a double clear has been achieved by the winner. A handler will obtain the title of Junior Agility Champion (JAC) once they have won 3 Junior Certificates (JCs).

Heats

 

Date

Show

Venue

1

27th March

UKA Easter Dowtys, Cheltenham, Glos. GL2 9QH
2 April 23rd Agility Antics Bakewell Showground, Derbys. DE45 1AQ
3 June 4th Quad Paws Mapledurham, Reading, Berks. RG4 7TR
4 June 5th Agility Rocks Devon Stoney Field, Harcombe, Sidmouth, Devon EX10 0PE
5 July 31st  UKA Nationals  Dowtys, Cheltenham, Glos. GL2 9QH
6 August 6th  Black Cat Colmworth & N. Beds Golf Club, Beds. MK44 2AP
7 August 7th Tamisje Tregonning Farm, Newquay, Cornwall TR8 4PR
8 August 13th Sutton Weavers Sutton Farm, Runcorn, Cheshire WA7 3EY
9 September 11th AJAXS Mapledurham, Reading, Berks. RG4 7TR
10 September 12th EASS Anvil Park Stud, Larling, Norfolk NR16 2QU

www.agilityforjuniors.com



The Split Pairs 2016
Sponsored by Empire K9 Campers.

General Rules

  • Open to all dogs from all levels and all heights.

  • Dogs of ANY different heights can be mixed within the pair. Toy and Midi dogs will run over Toy height and Standard and Maxi dogs will run over Standard height. Therefore, the pair could consist of both dogs running Toy height or both dogs running Standard Height or 1 dog running Toy height and 1 dog running Standard height.

  • All pairs will be competing against each other in one competition.

  • Handlers may enter more than one pair.

  • Dogs may only compete in one pair in any heat.

  • The course will consist of two separate sections, with one dog completing the Jumping section and the other dog completing the Agility section.

  • The dog running the Agility course must run first.

  • There will be a baton change between the first and second handler, see UKA baton rules.

  • The Jumping section will be made up of jumps and tunnels and a 12 pole weave.

  • The Agility section should contain jumps, tunnels, dog walk, seesaw and A-frame.

  • Each section must contain between 12- 15 obstacles.

  • Course time at the discretion of the judge.

  • All Pairs, both pre entries and late entries must declare which dog is doing which section by the time the late entry for the class closes.

Scoring

  • Standard UK Agility Marking will apply.

  • Faults converted into seconds. 5 faults = 5 seconds.

  • An elimination = 100 faults

  • A faulted baton change will incur 10 faults

  • Time faults treated the same as course faults.

  • If a handler is eliminated, they must make a sportsman like attempt to finish the course correctly, failure to do so will incur 60 seconds being added to the time.

  • If the timing is stopped inadvertently by one of the handlers or dogs before the end of the run the course time will be given as the pairs time.

  • The pair with the lowest score will be deemed the winner.

  • In the event of a tie a runoff will be required.

  • Any extraordinary circumstances to be ruled by UK Agility.

Final Qualification

  • 10 heats

  • Top 2 pairs from each heat qualify for the Final.

  • The Final will be held at the UK Agility Grand Finals and follow the same format as the heats.

Heats

 

Date

Show

Venue

1

March 19th

AJAXS Mapledurham, Reading, Berks. RG4 7TR
  April 3rd Lydiard Park Lydiard Park, Wilts. SN5 3PA
  April 30th GT Agility Newbury Showground, Berks. RG18 9QZ
  June 5th Quad Paws Mapledurham, Reading, Berks. RG4 7TR
  June 11th  Reservoir Dogs Hose Village Hall, Leicestershire LE14 4JR
  June 19th Aldon Buckland Farm, W Buckland, Somerset TA21 9LN
  July 9th LAPS Fownhope FC, Fownhope, Hereford HR1 4PJ
  July 10th Agility Antics Bakewell Showground, Derbys. DE45 1AQ
  August 14th Sutton Weavers Sutton Farm, Runcorn, Cheshire WA7 3EY
  September 3rd Crooked Oak Greenlands Equest Centre, Wreay, Carlisle, Cumbria CA4 0RR

www.empirecoachbuilders.com



The UKA Team Tournament 2016
Sponsored by Tace Allen Veterinary Physiotherapy.

General Rules

  • Open to all dogs from all levels and all heights.

  • Teams to consist of 3 handlers and 3 dogs made up ofANY combination of heights.

  • All teams will be competing against each other in one competition.

  • There will be an individual Agility run and a 3 dog Team Relay.

  • The Agility will follow standard UKA Agility rules with Novice course time.

  • The Team Relay will follow UK Agility rules with course design rules of WAO Team Speedstakes. (Each dog will perform 15 to 20 obstacles. An A frame and 12 pole weave must be included in both courses. All other equipment is allowed with the exception of Seesaw, Dog Walk and table.)

  • Course time in relay at the discretion of the judge.

  • In the Team Relay, Toy & Midi dogs will run at Toy height and Standard & Maxi dogs will run at Standard height. Course design must therefore take into account the possibility of 2 different heights. See UKA baton change over rules

  • .

  • Handlers may be entered in more than one team.

  • Dogs may only compete in one team in any heat.

  • Only 1 dog and/or 1 handler may be used as a reserve in the Final and the makeup of the team must adhere to the combination that qualified. A reserve can not be used after check in time has passed at the Grand Finals.

Scoring

  • Standard UK Agility Marking will apply.

  • The results from the 3 individual Agility runs and the Team Relay will be combined • Faults converted into seconds. 5 faults = 5 seconds.

  • Time faults treated the same as course faults.

  • An elimination = 100 faults.

  • Dogs eliminated in the agility will be given a time of 60 seconds.

  • If a handler is eliminated in the relay they must make a sportsman like attempt to finish the course correctly, failure to do so will incur 60 seconds being added to the team time.

  • A faulted baton change will incur 10 faults.

  • If the timing is stopped inadvertently by one of the handlers or dogs before the end of the run the course time will be given as the teams time.

  • The team with the lowest score will be deemed the winner.

  • In the event of a tie, the team relay score will decide the winner.

  • Any extraordinary circumstances to be ruled by UK Agility.

 Final Qualification

  • 10 heats

  • Top 1st placed team from each heat qualify for the Final.

  • The Final will be held at the UK Agility Grand Finals.

  • The Final will follow the same format as the heats.

Date Show Venue

 

Date

Show

Venue

 

 March 20th

AJAXS Mapledurham, Reading, Berks. RG4 7TR
  April 24th K9 Sports Rosewood Stud, Chippenham, Cambs. CB7 5QH
  May 8th LADS Gordon League RFC, Gloucester GL2 5JN
  June 4th Sutton Weavers Sutton Farm, Runcorn, Cheshire WA7 3EY
  June 5th Agility Rocks Devon Stoney Field, Harcombe, Sidmouth, Devon EX10 0PE
  July 9th Agility Antics Bakewell Showground, Derbys DE45 1AQ
  July 16th  Captain Jacks Dowtys, Cheltenham, Glos. GL2 9QH
  August 13th Agility Rocks Teejay Dowtys, Cheltenham, Glos. GL2 9QH
  August 20th HADS  Hawbridge, Tirley, Glos. GL19 4HJ
  September 4th Crooked Oak Greenlands Equestrian, Wreay, Carlisle, Cumbria CA4 0RR

www.taceallen.com


The Circular Knockout Challenge 2016
Sponsored by Norton Rosettes

General Rules

  • Open to ALL dogs from All levels.

  • There will be a separate competition for each height.

  • Handlers may enter more than one dog into a heat and qualify more than one dog for the Final.

  • If a handler is drawn against him/herself in a heat they must nominate which dog progresses.

  • Only handler and dog combinations that qualify in heats may run in the Final, unless more than one dog is qualified, in which case handlers may nominate a surrogate handler to run one of their dogs in the Final.

  • A nominated handler must handle the dog for the duration of the Final.

  • The course will be of circular design; however judges may put in deviations from the circle.

  • The course may consist of any combination of jumps, tunnels and weave poles.

  • No contacts are permitted.

  • There will be separate starting points for each competitor, either running clockwise or anticlockwise, which will be decided by the judge.

  • There will be a judge for each dog.

  • The main judge will start the heat with a whistle and have the overall decision on who progresses to the next round.

  • Dogs will be issued with a running order that must be strictly adhered to.

  • Failing to run when due will result in being knocked out and the other dog will go through to the next round.

  • Any dogs gaining abye in the 1st round must run the round.

  • In the event of one dog catching up with their opponent, the caught dog must give way. If the caught dog does not give way, the dog will be eliminated at this point.

Scoring

  • Standard UK Agility Marking will apply.

  • 5 Faults = 5 seconds.

  • The time will start on the whistle and finishes as the dog crosses the line.

  • An eliminations = 100 faults.

  • The dog with the lowest score will be deemed the winner.

  • Should both dogs be eliminated, the dog that was eliminated first will lose.

  • In the event of a tie, a runoff will be required.

  • Any extraordinary circumstances to be ruled by UK Agility. Final Qualification

  • 8 heats

  • Top 2 from each heat qualify for the Final.

  • The Final will be held at the UK Agility Grand Finals in December.

Heats

 

Date & Height

Show

Venue

 

April 29th (Midi & Standard)

GT Agility

Newbury Showground, Berks. RG18 9QZ

 

April 30th (Maxi & Toy)

GT Agility

Newbury Showground, Berks. RG18 9QZ

 

May 14th (All)

Red Run

Swanton Morley Village Hall, Norfolk NR20 4NP

 

May 28th  (Maxi & Toy)

Quad Paws

Mapledurham, Reading, Berks RG4 7TR

 

May 29th (Midi & Standard)

Quad Paws

Mapledurham, Reading, Berks RG4 7TR

 

June 3rd (Maxi & Toy)

Agility Rocks Devon

Stoney Field, Harcombe, Sidmouth, Devon EX10 0PE

 

June 4th ((Midi & Standard))

Agility Rocks Devon

Stoney Field, Harcombe, Sidmouth, Devon EX10 0PE

  June 24th (Midi & Standard) GT Agility Dowtys, Cheltenham, Glos. GL2 9QH
  June 25th (Maxi & Toy) GT Agility Dowtys, Cheltenham, Glos. GL2 9QH
  July 1st (Maxi & Toy) Kelluki Cranleigh Showground, Surrey GU6 &DW
  July 2nd (Midi & Standard) Kelluki Cranleigh Showground, Surrey GU6 &DW
  August 12th (All) Tamisje Tregonning Farm, Newquay, Cornwall TR8 4PR
  September 3rd  (All) Agility Antics Bakewell Showground, Derbys. DE45 1AQ

www.nortonrosettes.co.uk


The Games Challenge Final 2016

Sponsored by Clear Q's Agility Camps

General Rules

  • Open to all levels and all heights running in one competition. Only handler and dog combinations that gain three or more qualifying wins may run in the Semi final,

  • The Semi final and final will consist of a Gamblers course and a Snooker course.

Scoring

  • Standard UK Agility Marking will apply.

  • The judge may use the Senior and Champion level games rules.

  • Both points and times will be combined from the 2 classes.

  • The dog with the most points in the fastest time will be deemed the winner.

  • In the event of a tie the competitor with the most Gamblers points in the fastest time will be deemed the winner.

  • Any extraordinary circumstances to be ruled by UK Agility.

Final Qualification

  • Qualification for the 2016 Semi Final will be by winning 3 games classes with a qualifying score at any UKA show between 2nd July 2015 – 1st July 2016. The Semi Final to be held at the UKA Nationals Week show 2016 on Friday, 29th July 2016

  • The top 20 from the Semi Final will qualify to compete at the Games Challenge Final to be held at UK Agility Grand Finals

Prizes

There will be rosettes for all finalist, plus trophies for the overall winner and runner-up. Individual rosettes and trophies will be given to the winner of both the Snooker and the Gamblers sections.

www.ClearQ.co.uk



UK Agility National Championships Finals 2016

Each height division will have its own separate competition. Round 1 of the National Finals is open to any dog that gains a clear round in ANY agility class, except Casual and Nursery, at any UK Agility Show from 3rd August 2015 up to and including 25th July 2016. (The dog must be handled by the same handler.) A random draw will be made for Round 1 to be held on 26th July 2016. This running order will be displayed on the day and not on your running order card.

The top 50% of the class from Round 1 will then qualify for Round 2. If this is fewer than 25 then the top 25 will qualify for Round 2, providing they were not eliminated. In Round 2 dogs will run in the reverse order of the result of Round 1.

Round 2 will be held on 28th July 2016. The top 15 dogs in the class from Round 2 will then qualify to run in the Final providing not eliminated. Running order for the final will be in the reverse order of Round 2 result. The Finals will be held on 30th July 2016. Novice rates of travel will be used to work out the Standard course time for the 2 rounds and the Final. Where a handler is running 2 dogs drawn close together the first dog may be moved up the running order to obtain 2 dogs between the handlers dogs. If this is not possible the handler will be given a 3 minute break between dogs.

Round 1, Round 2, and the Final results do not count towards progression in UKA levels.

General Grand Final and Heat Rules

  • Once a dog has qualified to compete at a particular final with a handler it will be unable to qualify again for that specific final with another handler.

  • If a dog is measured into a higher height category after Qualifying for an event in a lower height they will be moved into the higher height category. If a handler is found to have run in the wrong height or been ineligible due to not following UKA measurement rules they will be removed from the event.

  • All events at The Grand Finals are invitation events. All handlers will be required to purchase and wear an official clothing whilst competing. This must be collected at the event and will not be forwarded after the event.

  • Handlers must have checked in within 30 minutes of the check in time. If they have not checked in by then they will be unable to run. At the Grand Finals all paperwork is produced on the day hence the inclusion of this rule.

  • Where a handler is running 2 dogs drawn close together the first dog will be moved up the running order to obtain 2 dogs between the handlers dogs. If this is not possible the handler will be given a 3 minute break between dogs. A handler may state at check in, that they do not want their running order changed so they maintain the running order advantage. If this is the case a 2 minute break will be given. Time starts as the first dog crosses the finish line and stops as they enter the ring.

  • Eliminations at heats will not qualify for the Grand Finals. Eliminations in semi finals will not progress to the final of any event.

Heat Judging Rules

If an event heat has been scheduled and is run after all other classes on the day have finished, the competition judges from that day who have completed their judging appointment may compete in this event.

UKA Baton Rules

The judge shall designate an area for a baton exchange between handlers. The next dog and handler to run for the team/pair will wait in this area for their turn to run. The baton exchange must happen with both handlers and their dogs within the boundaries of the designated exchange box. The baton must exchange hands without being dropped or thrown before the next handler and dog to run can move out of the exchange area to begin their course. Dogs and handlers do not need to remain in the exchange box once the baton has been passed. The baton must remain within the exchange box at all times and the returning handler must hold the baton for 5 (five) seconds to be considered a successful exchange. The handler waiting in the exchange area can hold or restrain his or her dog in anyway, providing it is not deemed abusive or harsh by the judge. Dogs may be placed on leads before and after their runs while other team/pair members are running. However, a lead must not be on the dog at the time of the baton exchange. An elimination will be incurred if another team/pair members dog runs into the course area during another members run.

At the discretion of the judge, they may appoint someone to judge the exchange box. If a box judge is appointed they will be deemed as an event judge and therefore must comply to all judging rules.

Bitches in Season at Grand Finals

Bitches in season will be able to compete at the Grand Finals 2016. This must be declared at check in and if possible please notify the office before. These dogs will be removed from the running order and will run last in their height. If there are multiple dogs in season then they will run in the order they were drawn originally. We would ask all handlers with bitches in season to respect other competitors by keeping their dogs away from the competition area when they are not actually competing.