Revisions to the AKC Rally Regulations
The AKC Board of Directors passed a recommendation to change the eligibility requirements for the Rally Intermediate class to allow dogs that have earned a qualifying score in the Advanced class to enter the Intermediate class. Once a dog has earned the Advanced level title, it is no longer eligible to participate in the Intermediate class unless entries have closed. The purpose is to remove eligibility barriers to exhibitors competing in the optional Rally Intermediate class.
This recommendation is a change to Regulations (see below) and becomes effective for trials held on or after August 1, 2018.
Revisions to the AKC Rally Regulations Effective August 1, 2018
Issued as a supplement to the AKC Rally Regulations amended to November 1, 2017
Chapter 1. General Regulations
Section 16. Entry Eligibility, Change of Entry.
- After a dog earns a title from an “A” class, it may continue showing in that “A” class for 60 days. After 60 days, it may compete in that level “B” class.
- A dog may continue to compete in Novice B until it receives a qualifying score in the Rally Advanced class.
- A dog may compete in the Novice B and Intermediate class at the same trial.
- A dog may compete in the Intermediate and Advanced class at the same trial.
- After a dog earns a qualifying score in Advanced, they are no longer eligible for the Novice class.
- Once a dog earns a qualifying score in Advanced, the dog may be shown in the Novice class at trials for which entries have closed; if entries have not closed they must be changed.
- After a dog earns the Rally Advanced (RA) title it is no longer eligible for the Rally Intermediate class.
- Once a dog earns the Rally Advanced title, the dog may be shown in the Rally Intermediate class at trials for which entries have closed; if entries have not closed they must be changed.
Section 5. Rally Intermediate Class. To be eligible for entry in this class dogs must have won the Rally Novice (RN) title but may not have won the Rally Advanced (RA) title prior to the close of entries.
All dogs are judged on leash. Rally Intermediate must have 12 to 17 signs (Start and Finish not included) with a minimum of three and a maximum of seven stationary signs. Intermediate courses will have a minimum of three advanced level signs. There are no jumps in this class.A “Green Insert” will be added to the regulation books
Issued: April 18, 2018
ROR001 (12/17) (Lime Green Book)
Director of Obedience, Rally & Tracking
Tracking Lifetime Achievement Titles
The AKC Board of Directors passed a recommendation to create Tracking Lifetime Achievement titles to recognize the number of times a dog has passed an AKC Tracking test (e.g. TD5, VST3). The purpose is to provide recognition to participants who remain engaged with the sport and to recognize the accomplishments of dogs that continue to pass the requirements of a test level; and to assist clubs to fill their event limits. This change to allow title recognition for dogs that pass the same level test more than once, in no way changes how tracking test entries are to be managed and untitled dogs will always have priority for the draw in all tests as stated in the regulations as follows:
The Tracking Regulations specifically state in Chapter 1, Section 17. Drawing for Entries and Alternates List.
Entries for a tracking test will be accepted until the official closing date and time, even if the advertised test limit has been reached. A random drawing of all entries, to determine which dogs will participate in the test, will be held within 48 hours after the closing date and time. The drawing will be open to all interested persons. The test secretary will draw entries on the date, hour, and location specified in the premium list and ensure the draw is conducted in a random and impartial manner. If the advertised limit is not reached, a drawing is optional. The results of the draw will be made available to the people present at the draw.
The draw for tracks in each test TD, TDU, TDX, VST, shall be conducted with untitled dogs until the available tracks in each test has been filled with untitled dogs. When the advertised limit of entries has been drawn, all remaining entries will be drawn for positions on the alternates list with untitled dogs being drawn first followed by titled dog entries. Untitled dogs will have priority for the draw in all tests.
Revisions to the Tracking Regulations, effective August 1, 2018 are as follows:
NEW Chapter 9. Lifetime Achievement
Section 1. Tracking Lifetime Achievement Titles. To recognize consistency and longevity in AKC Tracking, the AKC will record Lifetime Achievement titles on a dog’s record to reflect the number of times a dog has passed that test level (TD, TDU, TDX, VST).
There is no limit to this achievement and owners may apply for title recognition as often as they like for any test level, at any time during their dog’s lifetime.
The lifetime Achievement recognition does not apply to the Champion Tracker title, only to the individual test levels.
Section 2. When to Apply. After a dog earns a tracking title at any level, if the dog passes at subsequent tracking tests at the same level, an owner my request a Lifetime Achievement title to be added to the dog’s record by applying for, and paying a fee.
Section 3. How to Apply. Owners may download the Tracking Lifetime Achievement Title Application from the AKC downloadable forms page on the website. When applying for the title, the test level must be stated on the application.
Once applied for by the owner, and verified on the dog’s individual record, a Tracking Lifetime Achievement title would be processed and AKC will permit the use of the title letters, followed by a numeric designation for the number of times the dog has passed at that test level. (For example, a dog with a TD title that has earned a total of four passing performances at TD tests, would qualify for a TD4 Lifetime Achievement title.)
Requests for recognition would be available back dated to January 1, 2000.
Once the title has been applied for and processed, the AKC will identify dogs qualifying for Lifetime Achievement titles by the appropriate title designations following their name in all official AKC records.
Section 4. Recognized Achievement. Future requests for additional title recognition at the same test level will have the numeric designation superseded by the highest numeric designation at the time of the application.
How to apply for the Lifetime Achievement recognition:
Soon the title application will be available on the AKC downloadable forms page. The application and processing fee of $20 may be submitted to the Companion Events Department at the discretion of the owner at any time during the dog’s lifetime. Passing performances will be grandfathered in back to January 1, 2000.
Director of Obedience, Rally & Tracking
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