Changes to Rally Regulations from 1st January 2020

The Kennel Club has recently approved the following changes to the regulations for rally which will come into effect on 1 January 2020.The following regulations have been amended in order to address minor issues and anomalies arising from the review of the S Regulations, and to provide consistency and clarity.New Regulation S19.h. JudgingTO:Judges must submit course plans to the Secretary and/or the Chief Steward no later than 10 days prior to the competition date.(Insertion in bold)(Subsequent paragraphs to be renumbered)(Effective 1 January 2020)Amendment to Regulation S2.b.TO:b. Only dogs of six calendar months of age and over on the first day of the competition are eligible to take part in Level 1, 2, or 3 and Level 2 classes. Only dogs of 12 calendar months of age and over on the first day of the competition are eligible to take part in Level 3 4 or higher classes or special classes which incorporate jumps or similar exercises.(Insertions in bold. Deletions struck through)(Effective 1 January 2020)Amendment to Regulation S15.a.TO:Facilities and Equipment .It is the competition organiser’s responsibility to provide the following:

  1. Information to the judge as soon as possible after the closing of entries concerning the number of entries, Exercise Modification Forms, the height of the dogs (for Level 3 4 and above), proposed ring size, and venue surface.

(Deletion struck through. Insertion in bold.)(Effective 1 January 2020.)Amendment to Regulation S21.h.TO:Dogs must compete in a buckle or snap collar. Collars may have tags on them. Decorations and/or costumes, harnesses, slip leads, check and half-check collars are not allowed. A medicated collar may also be worn in the ring.(Insertion in bold.)(Effective 1 January 2020)Amendment to Regulation S(A)2. EligibilityTO:When entered for a competition in a standard class, a dog must be entered 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. Once a dog has gained any level or excellent title, it is no longer eligible for any lower level.(Insertion in bold)(Effective 1 January 2020)Amendment to Regulation S(C) 56. SIT LEAVE DOG – RECALL OVER JUMP.TO:This exercise requires two signs. At the first sign (A) the handler and dog stop with the dog sitting at heel. The jump must be approximately 4 metres from sign (A). The handler cues the dog to wait then walks to the second sign (B) which is approximately 4 metres away from the opposite side of the jump. The handler turns and faces the dog and recalls the dog. The dog must come over the jump and sit in front of the handler. The handler then cues the dog to Finish either Right or Left.(Insertion in bold)(Effective 1 January 2020)Amendment to Regulation S(C) 66. SIT – LEAVE DOG – ANGLED RECALL OVER JUMP.TO:This exercise requires two signs. At the first sign (A) the handler and dog stop with the dog sitting at heel. The jump must be approximately 4 metres from sign (A). The handler cues the dog to wait then walks to the second sign (B) which is placed approximately 4 metres away from the jump and 1 metre to either the right or left of the jump. The handler turns and faces the dog and cues the dog to jump. The dog must come over the jump and sit straight in front of the handler. The handler then cues the dog to Finish either Right or Left.(Insertion in bold)(Effective 1 January 2020)Amendment to Regulation S(B)3.i.Bonus ExerciseTO:The Bonus Exercise is an optional exercise. Handlers are not required to perform the Bonus Exercise, but must advise the judge at the Start Line if they wish to do so…(Deletion struck through)(Effective 1 January 2020)Amendment to Regulation S(B)2TO:(2) Once used, an exercise should not be repeated, with the exception of right and left turns and normal pace.(Insertion in bold)
(Effective 1 January 2020)Amendment to Regulation S(C) Sign17TO:NORMAL PACE. As the dog/handler team draw level with the sign they move forward at a normal pace that is comfortable for the dog and handler.NB: at Levels 1 and 2 this is a separate exercise but at Level 3 or above the change in pace and return to normal pace is judged as one complete exercise.(Deletion struck through)(Effective 1 January 2020)Amendment to Regulation S(C)59TO:59. SEND OVER JUMP – HANDLER RUNS BY. As the handler and dog team approach the sign the handler sends the dog towards the jump which is approximately 4 metres in front of and 1.5 metres to the left of their path. The handler continues at a brisk pace along a line 1.5 metres to the right of the jump. When the dog has completed the jump, the handler calls the dog to the heel position and the dog/handler team continues to the return to their normal pace as they heel towards the next exercise approximately 4 metres ahead. If the dog is much faster than the handler, the dog may be called back to the handler without penalty. A line may be drawn on the ground to indicate the 1.5 metres mark. NB. This sign is now placed on the handler’s right, not on their left where it was previously placed.(Deletion struck through. Insertion in bold)(Effective 1 January 2020)Amendment to Regulation S(B)3.a.TO:a. Sign PlacementSigns must be placed so that they are on the handler’s right with the following exceptions:(2) Straight figure 8, distraction exercises, Spiral Left, Serpentine, and Side Step Right and Send Over Jump signs are placed so that they are on the handler’s left.(Deletion struck through. Insertion in bold)(Effective 1 January 2020)The below regulations were amended to permit food and toy rewards in Special classes when detailed in the schedule.Amendment to Regulation S5.b.TO:b. Special Classes

  1. A competition host may in addition stage one or more special classes not conforming to the standard class tests set out in Annex C. Such classes must contain the word ‘Special’ in the title of the class, and shall not count towards progression, titles or awards in standard competition classes.
  2. Special classes may allow the use of food and/or silent toy rewards in the ring, but their use must be detailed in the schedule. Reward areas should be clearly defined and allow the use of both food and toys. Food should be carried in a sealed container and toys should be carried concealed, alternatively the reward may be left in the reward area in a sealed container.
  3. Where special classes allow the use of food and/or silent toys their use should not impact competitors in other rings.
  4. Where a ring is to be shared between a standard class and a special class which allows food and/or silent toys, the standard class must be scheduled first to ensure that the ring does not contain food.

(Insertions in bold)(Effective 1 January 2020)Amendment to Regulation S21.f.TO:f. Food shall not be carried or given to a dog under test, except in special classes where the use of food and/or silent toy rewards has been specified in the Schedule.(Insertion in bold)(Effective 1 January 2020)Amendment to Regulation S21.g.TO:g. The use of a toy as an incentive in the ring between or during exercises is prohibited in all standard and special classes, except in those special classes where the use of food and/or silent toy rewards has been specified in the Schedule.(Insertion in bold)(Effective 1 January 2020)The below regulation has been amended in the interests of clarity, to reflect the principle that exercises should be standalone, and would not impinge on any other exercise.Amendment to Regulation S(B)2TO:

  1. All exercises stand alone (except where two exercises are linked). The positioning of exercises should be planned carefully to ensure that one does not impact on another.
  2. Courses should be designed so that the route between exercises does not transit other exercises. Competitors may only be required to pass through cone and distraction exercises when performing that particular exercise.
  3. Sometimes it may be necessary for competitors to pass a Distraction or Jump exercise – where this is unavoidable these exercises should be on the handler’s right.

The Kennel Club has recently approved the following changes to the regulations for rally which will come into effect on 1 January 2020.

The following regulations have been amended in order to address minor issues and anomalies arising from the review of the S Regulations, and to provide consistency and clarity.

New Regulation S19.h. Judging

TO:

Judges must submit course plans to the Secretary and/or the Chief Steward no later than 10 days prior to the competition date.

(Insertion in bold)

(Subsequent paragraphs to be renumbered)

(Effective 1 January 2020)

Amendment to Regulation S2.b.

TO:

b.   Only dogs of six calendar months of age and over on the first day of the competition are eligible to take part in Level 1, 2, or 3 and Level 2 classes. Only dogs of 12 calendar months of age and over on the first day of the competition are eligible to take part in Level 3 4 or higher classes or special classes which incorporate jumps or similar exercises.

(Insertions in bold. Deletions struck through)

(Effective 1 January 2020)

Amendment to Regulation S15.a.

TO:

Facilities and Equipment .It is the competition organiser’s responsibility to provide the following:

  1. Information to the judge as soon as possible after the closing of entries concerning the number of entries, Exercise Modification Forms, the height of the dogs (for Level 3 4 and above), proposed ring size, and venue surface.

(Deletion struck through. Insertion in bold.)

(Effective 1 January 2020.)

Amendment to Regulation S21.h.

TO:

Dogs must compete in a buckle or snap collar. Collars may have tags on them. Decorations and/or costumes, harnesses, slip leads, check and half-check collars are not allowed. A medicated collar may also be worn in the ring.

(Insertion in bold.)

(Effective 1 January 2020)

Amendment to Regulation S(A)2. Eligibility

TO:

When entered for a competition in a standard class, a dog must be entered 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. Once a dog has gained any level or excellent title, it is no longer eligible for any lower level.

(Insertion in bold)

(Effective 1 January 2020)

Amendment to Regulation S(C) 56. SIT LEAVE DOG – RECALL OVER JUMP.

TO:

This exercise requires two signs. At the first sign (A) the handler and dog stop with the dog sitting at heel. The jump must be approximately 4 metres from sign (A). The handler cues the dog to wait then walks to the second sign (B) which is approximately 4 metres away from the opposite side of the jump. The handler turns and faces the dog and recalls the dog. The dog must come over the jump and sit in front of the handler. The handler then cues the dog to Finish either Right or Left.

(Insertion in bold)

(Effective 1 January 2020)

Amendment to Regulation S(C) 66. SIT – LEAVE DOG – ANGLED RECALL OVER JUMP.

TO:

This exercise requires two signs. At the first sign (A) the handler and dog stop with the dog sitting at heel. The jump must be approximately 4 metres from sign (A). The handler cues the dog to wait then walks to the second sign (B) which is placed approximately 4 metres away from the jump and 1 metre to either the right or left of the jump. The handler turns and faces the dog and cues the dog to jump. The dog must come over the jump and sit straight in front of the handler. The handler then cues the dog to Finish either Right or Left.

(Insertion in bold)

(Effective 1 January 2020)

Amendment to Regulation S(B)3.i.Bonus Exercise

TO:

The Bonus Exercise is an optional exercise. Handlers are not required to perform the Bonus Exercise, but must advise the judge at the Start Line if they wish to do so

(Deletion struck through)

(Effective 1 January 2020)

Amendment to Regulation S(B)2

TO:

(2) Once used, an exercise should not be repeated, with the exception of right and left turns and normal pace.

(Insertion in bold)
(Effective 1 January 2020)

Amendment to Regulation S(C) Sign17

TO:

NORMAL PACE. As the dog/handler team draw level with the sign they move forward at a normal pace that is comfortable for the dog and handler.

NB: at Levels 1 and 2 this is a separate exercise but at Level 3 or above the change in pace and return to normal pace is judged as one complete exercise.

(Deletion struck through)

(Effective 1 January 2020)

Amendment to Regulation S(C)59

TO:

59. SEND OVER JUMP – HANDLER RUNS BY.  As the handler and dog team approach the sign the handler sends the dog towards the jump which is approximately 4 metres in front of and 1.5 metres to the left of their path. The handler continues at a brisk pace along a line 1.5 metres to the right of the jump. When the dog has completed the jump, the handler calls the dog to the heel position and the dog/handler team continues to the return to their normal pace as they heel towards the next exercise approximately 4 metres ahead. If the dog is much faster than the handler, the dog may be called back to the handler without penalty. A line may be drawn on the ground to indicate the 1.5 metres mark.  NB. This sign is now placed on the handler’s right, not on their left where it was previously placed.

(Deletion struck through. Insertion in bold)

(Effective 1 January 2020)

Amendment to Regulation S(B)3.a.

TO:

a.   Sign Placement

Signs must be placed so that they are on the handler’s right with the following exceptions:

(2)  Straight figure 8, distraction exercises, Spiral Left, Serpentine, and Side Step Right and Send Over Jump signs are placed so that they are on the handler’s left.

(Deletion struck through. Insertion in bold)

(Effective 1 January 2020)

The below regulations were amended to permit food and toy rewards in Special classes when detailed in the schedule.

Amendment to Regulation S5.b.

TO:

b.    Special Classes

  1. A competition host may in addition stage one or more special classes not conforming to the standard class tests set out in Annex C.  Such classes must contain the word ‘Special’ in the title of the class, and shall not count towards progression, titles or awards in standard competition classes.
  2. Special classes may allow the use of food and/or silent toy rewards in the ring, but their use must be detailed in the schedule. Reward areas should be clearly defined and allow the use of both food and toys. Food should be carried in a sealed container and toys should be carried concealed, alternatively the reward may be left in the reward area in a sealed container.
  3. Where special classes allow the use of food and/or silent toys their use should not impact competitors in other rings. 
  4. Where a ring is to be shared between a standard class and a special class which allows food and/or silent toys, the standard class must be scheduled first to ensure that the ring does not contain food.

(Insertions in bold)

(Effective 1 January 2020)

Amendment to Regulation S21.f.

TO:

f.   Food shall not be carried or given to a dog under test, except in special classes where the use of food and/or silent toy rewards has been specified in the Schedule.

(Insertion in bold)

(Effective 1 January 2020)

Amendment to Regulation S21.g.

TO:

g.  The use of a toy as an incentive in the ring between or during exercises is prohibited in all standard and special classes, except in those special classes where the use of food and/or silent toy rewards has been specified in the Schedule. 

(Insertion in bold)

(Effective 1 January 2020)

The below regulation has been amended in the interests of clarity, to reflect the principle that exercises should be standalone, and would not impinge on any other exercise.

Amendment to Regulation S(B)2

TO:

  1. All exercises stand alone (except where two exercises are linked). The positioning of exercises should be planned carefully to ensure that one does not impact on another.
  2. Courses should be designed so that the route between exercises does not transit other exercises. Competitors may only be required to pass through cone and distraction exercises when performing that particular exercise.
  3. Sometimes it may be necessary for competitors to pass a Distraction or Jump exercise – where this is unavoidable these exercises should be on the handler’s right.

(Insertions in bold)

(Effective 1 January 2020)

The below regulation has been amended to provide clarity to competitors.

Amendment to Regulation S(C) Bonus Exercise 5

TO:

SIT – LEAVE DOG – TURN – RECALL – HANDLER FINISH

This exercise requires two signs.  At the first sign (A) the handler and dog stop with the dog sitting at heel.  The handler may take the lead off or the dog may drag the lead.  The handler walks to the second sign (B), which is placed approximately 2 metres from sign A, turns and recall the dog to the front position.  The dog remains in the sit whilst the handler moves left to take up the heel position. This is not a walk around exercise. 

NB: If this bonus is used at Level 3 or above there is no requirement to reattach the lead before attempting the bonus exercise.

(Insertion in bold)

(Effective 1 January 2020)

The below regulation has been amended to correct an inconsistency between this regulation, S(C)21 and S(C)49.

Amendment to Regulation S(B)3.a.(2) RING MANAGEMENT

TO:

a. Sign Placement

Signs must be placed so that they are on the handler’s right with the following exceptions:

(1)  Turns and Pivots may be placed directly in the handler’s path.

(2)  Side Step Right should be placed in the handler’s path

(2) (3) Straight Figure 8, distraction exercises, Spiral Left,  and Serpentine, Side Step Right, signs are placed so that they are on the handler’s left

(Insertions in bold. Deletions struck through)

(Effective 1 January 2020)

(Insertions in bold)(Effective 1 January 2020)The below regulation has been amended to provide clarity to competitors.Amendment to Regulation S(C) Bonus Exercise 5TO:SIT – LEAVE DOG – TURN – RECALL – HANDLER FINISHThis exercise requires two signs. At the first sign (A) the handler and dog stop with the dog sitting at heel. The handler may take the lead off or the dog may drag the lead. The handler walks to the second sign (B), which is placed approximately 2 metres from sign A, turns and recall the dog to the front position. The dog remains in the sit whilst the handler moves left to take up the heel position. This is not a walk around exercise.NB: If this bonus is used at Level 3 or above there is no requirement to reattach the lead before attempting the bonus exercise.(Insertion in bold)(Effective 1 January 2020)The below regulation has been amended to correct an inconsistency between this regulation, S(C)21 and S(C)49.Amendment to Regulation S(B)3.a.(2) RING MANAGEMENTTO:a. Sign PlacementSigns must be placed so that they are on the handler’s right with the following exceptions:(1) Turns and Pivots may be placed directly in the handler’s path.(2) Side Step Right should be placed in the handler’s path(2) (3) Straight Figure 8, distraction exercises, Spiral Left, and Serpentine, Side Step Right, signs are placed so that they are on the handler’s left(Insertions in bold. Deletions struck through)(Effective 1 January 2020)

CHANGES TO REGULATIONS IN RELATION TO EVENT LICENCES

Kennel Club Press Release:

The Kennel Club wishes to announce that the regulations regarding event licences across all disciplines are to be changed.

With immediate effect from 1 July 2019, event licence applications, whether for a show, trial or other competition, will cease to refer to ‘guarantors’. Instead, whenever a licence fee is paid for an event, the individual making the application on behalf of the club or society will agree that the officers and committee in place at the time of the event will assume full responsibility for ensuring that it will be conducted safely and in accordance with Kennel Club regulations.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “This change in regulations has come about due to the Kennel Club’s implementation of the Customer Relationship Management (CRM) database which will provide facilities for licence applications to be made online and which will remove any necessity for signatures to be provided. The principle of the licensing process will remain unchanged, but the term ‘guarantor’ will no longer be used.”

The relevant regulation changes across all disciplines will be published in due course.

Any enquiries regarding this matter can be directed to email wda@thekennelclub.org.uk.

CRUFTS INTER-REGIONAL COMPETITIONS, 2020 to 2022

The team managers for both Obedience and Rally Inter-Regional Teams have been appointed for the coming three-year period for Crufts 2020 to 2022.  Their names are listed below.

Over the summer each will be advertising for applications from interested competitors for their respective teams, so please look out for adverts and flyers around the shoes in your area and on social media.

Obedience

Scotland Carole Patrick
Northern Ireland Michael McCartney
North Emma Lavender
Midlands Lou Jackson
Wales Jen Jessop
South East & East Anglia Wendy Birch
South & South West Emma Galbraith

Rally

Scotland Elaine Miller
Northern Ireland Rachel Cooper
North Gail Holl
Midlands Julia Bodsworth
Wales Tracey McGuirk
South East & East Anglia Jenny Stewart
South & South West Jenny Butters

Crufts 2020 Rally Inter Regional Team Manager Sought

ARE YOU SOMEONE WHO WOULD LIKE TO BECOME A

CRUFTS INTER-REGIONAL TEAM MANAGER FOR RALLY

The Kennel Club is calling for anyone interested in becoming a Rally Inter-Regional Team Manager to get in touch.

The Inter-regional Rally event took place for the first time in 2017 and is a competition between teams from Scotland, Northern Ireland, North, Midlands, Wales, South East and East Anglia, South and South West. Team Managers were appointed for a three-year term which comes to an end after Crufts 2019.

We are now inviting applications from interested parties who would like to be considered for the position of a Crufts Rally Inter-Regional Team Manager, for the period from Crufts 2020 up to and including Crufts 2022 in the following regions, Wales, South East and East Anglia and North. The current Midlands team manager is willing to continue but wishes to offer others the opportunity to apply for the post.

Any candidates interested in applying must meet the following criteria:

Each team manager appointment is for a 3-year period and must fulfil the following criteria.

  1. Reside in the area they manage
  2. Demonstrate a real interest in the competition
  • Actively promote the competition
  1. Appoint 2 assistant managers for the appointment period (who will be entitled to free entry and car parking for the day of the event). The choice of assistant managers should be used to ensure that all areas of the region are covered by the team selection process.
  2. Ensure any equipment required for team selection and training is available to team members.
  3. Liaise with the event coordinator as required.

Skills / attributes

  1. Good communication and organisational skills.
  2. Ability to work with team members and assistants to build team spirit and ensure everyone understands their role and responsibilities for the day.
  • Access to and an ability to use a computer, in particular completing word documents received by email and then returned to the coordinator by email.

Team selection process

Team managers will host at least one team selection event to which dogs and handlers are invited to attend through an application process that is clearly advertised throughout their area.

The application form will contain the following information;

  1. Dog and handler details
  2. List of awards achieved during the year
  3. The class level applied for.

Once a team is selected the manager shall host at least one team training session to build team spirit, to ensure all members are suitably acquainted with the tests and requirements for the day.

Expectations for competition day

  1. Arrive at the Rally competition area early enough to meet all team members as they arrive and to ensure they are briefed in preparation for the day.
  2. Lead the team in the parade at the start and finish of the day.
  • Ensure each team member is in the collecting ring ready to compete as required.
  1. Offer the reserve handler and dog the opportunity to work in the ring during the lunch break.

Richard Kebble (Crufts Chief Obedience & Rally Steward) and Sue Garner (Event Coordinator) are happy to speak to potential applicants. Initial contact can be made via email to richkebble@gmail.com or suegarner4dogs@btinternet.com..

Those interested should send their applications to the Cathy Guiver, Crufts Office, The Kennel Club, Clarges Street, Piccadilly, London, W1J 8AB or via email to:cathy.guiver@thekennelclub.org.uk by 1 February 2019.

Rally Rules & Regulations ‘Changes’ Seminar

The Rally Working Party
and
The KC Accredited Rally Trainers
Are presenting a ‘Changes’ seminar
The seminar will cover the confirmed changes to the Rally Rules & Regulations
which will be coming into effect on 1st January 2019

The day is open to everyone, judges, handlers or trainers – anyone who has an interest in KC Rally. Come and find out how the changes might affect you, and meet the new KC Accredited Rally Judges Trainers

Venue:- Saturday 10th November 2018, Wood End Village Hall, Tamworth Road, Wood End CV9 2QH
5mins from jcn 10 M42

Leaflet:

Changes Seminar click to download

Announcement: Kennel Club approves rally regulation amendments as result of large scale review

The Rally working party undertook a full review of the Rally regulations to identify changes that would help build on the success Kennel Club Rally has had in its first six years and continue this success in the future.

The Kennel Club Board has now approved the amendments proposed as a result of this review.

Throughout the review, the working party was committed to ensuring the discipline’s future as an activity for all dogs and handlers, which is reflected in the changes.

Continue reading Announcement: Kennel Club approves rally regulation amendments as result of large scale review

Scottish Rally Team for Inter Regional at Crufts 2019

Team members wanted in all levels to compete at Crufts 2019!

Selection Events for the Scottish Team will be held on the following dates:-

29th September in Ballachulish
6th October in Edinburgh
27th October in Glasgow

For more information or to apply for the Team, send a PM or email: corryisledogtraining@gmail.com

Lainey Miller