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A non-sanctioned event geared towards maximum competition and maximum fun

Goal of this event: The vision we have for this event is to create an atmosphere dedicated to maximize the obedience and rally competition and see some of the best teams compete against each other. Not only do we want this to be a very competitive event, but we want this to be super fun. With tons of classes and different games offered throughout the day, teams will get many chances to qualify for placements and prizes. We will end the day with the Texas Cup Finals and happy hour, complete with snacks and beverages. 

What does non-sanctioned mean? This means that this event is open to anyone! No registration with any organization is required, no pre-qualifications are necessary. This event is not affiliated with any kennel club and is not under any umbrella. 

Why participate? Earn cool prizes, compete against other fabulous teams and earn bragging rights! Bring your young dog, older dog or your current competition dog! This event is open to everyone who can perform AKC Novice Rally signs.  You can also use this as an opportunity to get your dog in a trial atmosphere and see where your training is at! 

Entries open January 1st, 2022 at 8 am CST
Entries close March 18th, 2022 at 7 pm CST

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Classes offered:

Crazy 8’s: Teams will be required to complete a total of 4 figure eight exercises.  Extra sets of cones may be set out so handlers can choose their own course wisely. Cones/posts will be used as posts to go around. You can enter and exit each set of cones wherever you would like. The middle of each set must be passed through three times - you can start in the middle of the set of cones in order to count that as one pass through. You may pass through the middle of the set of cones to exit and the exit may also be used as one of the three pass throughs.  Extra pass throughs in the middle of the set of cones are allowed and will not result in any deductions. The dog must stay in heel position throughout the entire exercise including in between each set of figure 8s. The time will start when the dog passes through the start line and will end when the dog crosses the finish line.  Judging will start when the dog and handler pass through the start line and will end when the team passes through the finish line. Placements will be calculated with time plus faults. Each point off will result in 2 seconds added to the time. Teams will be given an 8 minute walk through and the class will begin when the first dog is ready.

 

Gamblers: A series of signs will be set out and handlers can choose which signs to complete and in which order. Each sign will have a different number of points assigned to it and upon completion of those signs handlers will be given those points.  There will be a gamble: a required set of signs that will need to be completed in order to pass the class as well as gather the points for the gamble.  The gamble will be worth 25 points and all of the items in the gamble need to be completed. Teams will have 1 minute and 45 seconds to gather as many points as they possibly can. A 45 second warning will be given to each handler when the clock reaches 1 minute. You may complete the gamble at any time during your run.  Time will start when you cross the start line and end when you cross the finish line.  Once the gamble is attempted you must complete the series of signs OR complete another sign outside of the gamble and attempt the gamble again.  This means the signs in the gamble may be taken for flow while gathering points throughout the course. Teams will be given points based upon the signs they successfully completed as well as the points for the gamble once it is successfully completed.  The performance between signs will not be judged and handlers can transport their dog however they like but cannot touch their dog.  Teams will need to perform the sign within (approximately) 4 feet of the sign, and in front of the sign. Placements are based on the amount of points received under the time limit. Dogs who do not complete the gamble will not be considered for placements. If the team is not across the finish line before the time goes off, the team will be disqualified.  Teams will be given an 8 minute walk through and the class will begin when the first dog is ready.    

Biathlon Heeling: This class will focus on change of pace, turns, 270s and circles to the left and right.  This is a course geared to be fast and fun! There will be no stops in this course. Signs are allowed to be redone as many times as desired - but remember - this will add to your time! You must tell the judge if you are redoing a sign. The course will be a minimum of 8 signs but no more than 12 signs. Teams will be given a 5 minute walk through and the class will begin when the first dog is ready.  The combined scores and times will be calculated from both Biathlon Heeling and Biathlon Precision for the placements of Biathlon. Teams must qualify in both events to be considered for placement.  Placements will be determined by time plus faults.  Each point off will result in 2 seconds added to time.  

Biathlon Precision: This course will focus on precision of position changes, sits, downs and fronts. Signs in this class will be more stationary signs, with some other signs thrown in to keep the course flowing. Signs are allowed to be redone as many times as desired - but remember - this will add to your time! You must tell the judge if you are redoing a sign. The course will be a minimum of 8 signs but no more than 12 signs. Teams will be given a 5 minute walk through and the class will begin when the first dog is ready. The combined scores and times will be calculated from both Biathlon Heeling and Biathlon Precision for the placements of Biathlon. Teams must qualify in both events to be considered for placement.  Placements will be determined by time plus faults.  Each point off will result in 2 seconds added to time.    

 

Beat the Clock: This will be a Rally course consisting of a series of signs normally seen in AKC Novice Rally level.  Teams must complete the course in the order that is numbered.  Teams will start at a start sign and end at a finish sign which will begin and end the time.  The course will be a minimum of 10 signs but no more than 15 signs. Teams will be given a 5 minute walk through and the class will begin when the first dog is ready.   No points will be deducted for attempting a sign again.  There will only be one winner - all teams must attempt all signs. If a sign is not properly executed or attempted, this will result in no time (E).  There is no time limit and only one winner - the one who has the fastest time and the least amount of faults! Time will be based on base time plus faults - each point off will result in 2 seconds added to the team’s time.  

Team Relay: This event will consist of two people/dog teams. One person will run half the course then when they pass through the halfway finish line, the other person will run the other half of the course.  Rally rules and judging are in effect. The dog waiting must wait patiently while the other dog runs.  Once the first person passes through the marked halfway point, the second person is welcome to start their turn.  

Cup Finals:The top 5 of each event listed below will be chosen to compete in the finals event. 

  • Biathlon Heeling

  • Biathlon Precision

  • Gamblers

  • Crazy 8s

Biathlon classes will be calculated separately, not together.  This means even if you passed one biathlon event and not the other, you still may be considered for finals. 

Finals will consist of a Novice type rally course and can include all elements seen in AKC Novice Rally.  The course will be a minimum of 12 signs but no more than 17 signs. Teams will be given a 5 minute walk through and the class will begin when the first dog is ready.   Placements will be determined based on time plus faults. No points will be deducted for attempting a sign again.  Each fault will result in 2 seconds added to the base time.