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KENNEL CLUB REGULATIONS H(1)(A)
Eligibility and Schedule of Classes



1. This classification should apply to competitions for large, medium and small dogs.

2. In the following definitions of classes First Prize or other prize wins are those gained in standard classes at any Kennel Club licensed Open Agility Shows (i.e. Limited Agility Shows, special classes and invitation events excepted). Only a first place with a clear round will count towards grade progression.

3. Societies may if they so wish limit the number of classes a dog may enter.

4. Societies may schedule classes other than those defined below. The eligibility for "Special" classes must be defined by the Society and included in the schedule. The word "Special" must be included in the title of the class.

5. Classes may be scheduled for Agility Shows, as Agility classes or Jumping classes. Agility classes to include contact points and Jumping classes when there are no contact obstacles. With this proviso classes are defined as follows:-

6. Class Structure. A class may either be held as a Graded Class or a Combined Class. A Graded Class may be scheduled for one or more consecutive Grades with separate results and awards issued for each grade. A Combined Class may be scheduled for more than one consecutive grade with one overall set of results.

7. Progression. Progression from each Grade will require one Agility win or three Jumping wins at that grade, except that progression from Grade 6 will require 4 wins at Grade 6, two of which must be agility classes. Results from Combined Classes will only count towards progression from the dog's current grade.

8. Points Progression. At the handler's discretion a dog may progress up to Grade 5 by winning 75 points at each grade, using the Agility Warrant points scheme, Regulation K3.c refers, except that there is no requirement for a minimum number of agility points. If this method of progression is selected, the handler must ensure the Show Secretary signs the dog's Agility Record Book at the first show entered at the higher grade. There is no time limit on this progression, however, once a dog has progressed, it cannot return to a previous grade.

9. STANDARD CLASSES
Only first prizes and points gained in standard classes at Kennel Club licensed Agility Shows may be used for progression through the classes. (A dog is only eligible for one grade).

  1. Grade 1 (Elementary)
    For owners, handlers or dogs which have not gained a first place in an Agility Class or three first places in Jumping Classes at Kennel Club licensed Agility Shows. N.B. Owners, handlers or dogs previously qualified out of Grade 1 (Elementary) are not eligible for this class.
  2. Grade 2 (Starters)
    For owners, handlers or dogs which have qualified out of Grade 1 but have not gained a first place in an Agility Class or three first places in Jumping Classes at Grade 2 at Kennel Club licensed Agility Shows, or elected to progress on points from Grade 1. N.B. Owners, handlers or dogs previously qualified out of Grade 2 (Starters) are not eligible for this class.
  3. Grade 3 (Graduate)
    Open to dogs which are not eligible for Grade 1 or 2 or have elected to progress on points from Grade 2 at Kennel Club licensed Agility Shows and dogs which are not eligible for Grade 4,5,6 or 7.
  4. Grade 4 (Novice)
    Open to dogs which have gained a first place in an Agility Class or three first places in Jumping Classes at Grade 3 or elected to progress on points from Grade 3 at Kennel Club licensed Agility Shows and are not eligible for Grade 3,5,6 or 7.
  5. Grade 5 (Intermediate)
    Open to dogs which have gained a first place in an Agility Class or three first places in Jumping Classes at Grade 4 or elected to progress on points from Grade 4 at Kennel Club licensed Agility Shows and are not eligible for Grade 3,4,6 or 7.
  6. Grade 6 (Senior)
    Open to dogs which have gained a first place in an Agility Class or three first places in Jumping Classes at Grade 5 at Kennel Club licensed Agility Shows and are not eligible for Grade 3,4,5 or 7.
  7. Grade 7 (Advanced)
    Open to dogs which have gained a minimum of 4 first places at Grade 6 at Kennel Club licensed Agility Shows, 2 first places must be gained in Agility (not Jumping) Classes.
  8. Championship Class.
    Open to dogs having qualified to compete in Grade 7. To consist of 2 qualifying rounds of Standard Kennel Club Classes, 1 Agility Class and 1 Jumping Class and a final round of Agility to be held at the same Show.

10. Championship Agility Class.

  1. Points will be awarded for placings in the Agility round and the Jumping round. 1st place - 1 point, 2nd placed - 2 points etc. to the final placed dog, eliminated dogs excepted.
  2. The top 50% of the entry up to a maximum of twenty dogs with the lowest accumulated total will be eligible to compete in the final round.
  3. Elimination in either of the qualifying rounds will exclude the dog from competition on the final round.
  4. In the event of any tie the time/faults will be taken into account for both qualifying rounds to determine the placings, on the following basis:
    1. The dog with the least course faults in both the Agility and Jumping rounds takes the higher place.
    2. In the event that these dogs are still equal the dog with the fastest combined time takes the higher place.

From the "Agility and Flyball Regulations 2008" booklet.


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