How Are The Master Agility Rankings Calculated?
The Top 20 GSDs and their handlers are invited to participate in the annual competition at the GSDCA National Specialty. The total MACH points for Standard and Jumpers with Weaves runs are calculated in the Regular Classes and as a bonus each team receives 10 extra points for each QQ (double qualifying run) during the time frame.
Each Top 20 participant receives a rosette for competing and the top 4 Placements will also receive corresponding 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th place recognition ribbons (tabs). During the event, each participant will run 2 courses designed and judged by the AKC judge of record assigned to the trial. The courses will be a modified standard run with no table and a Jumpers with Weaves run. Standard course time will be determined and the AKC International Sweepstakes Class (ISC) rules will apply.
The 2016 Top 20 Event will also include a Top 10 Preferred competition that will be scored separately from the Top 20 Regular Class and using the same scoring and award criteria.
If you have questions or are interested in joining a group interested in Agility, contact Bob Jeffers (813-926-5577) or email RJeffers1@tampabay.rr.com
Agility is a sport that appeals to all dog lovers - from young people to senior citizens. Fun for participants and spectators alike, the sport has been receiving increasing exposure in the media, adding to its popularity. Agility is designed to demonstrate a dog's willingness to work with its handler in a variety of situations.
Agility is an athletic event that requires conditioning, concentration, training and teamwork. Dog and handlers negotiate an obstacle course racing against the clock. It is a rapidly growing canine sport where dogs must correctly and rapidly perform a series of obstacles under the guidance of their handlers.
A dog needs to be healthy and reasonably fit to participate safely, but it's a game that purebred or mixed breed dogs of all sizes and shapes can play.