Classes/ Rules

  •                                             Covid 19 Rules
  • This year ALL trials are pre-entry. (in case we go back  to Track & Trace )

The contact details of all in attendance will be kept for a minimum of 14 days after the trial.

  •  Booking in starts 2 weeks before the trial and closes by 9pm on the Sunday a week  before the trial. 
  • Pre-entry to Mr T Hopper 01872 501886, (trevor_hopper01@btinternet.com)
  • Maximum 2 dogs per handler per class.
  • All trials will have a Running Order which will be adhered to as much as possible, although we do reserve the right to alter it if required.
  • Entry fee are £10 per individual dog for the season
  • The pen is to be gateless at all trials
  • Social distancing and government guidelines to be maintained throughout. Please use hand sanitisers provided.

Your attendance at a trial as a competitor will be taken as confirmation that you have had no symptoms of Covid19 during the 14 days prior to the competition.

TRIAL RULES

1. The Judge’s decision is final

2. Any dog abusing the sheep will be called off immediately

3. Any handler whose dog damages sheep shall be liable to pay for the damage

4. Competitors attending trials where sheep are damaged while being let out will collectively be liable to pay for the damage

5. Any person verbally abusing judges or officials will be suspended for the season from that day

6. No training aids to be used on the trial field at any time

7. Dogs are able to change classes during the season unless they have been placed 1st 2nd or 3rd in the driving

 

NURSERY MALTESE CROSS

For dogs that have never been in the cards up to and including 6th place in any Maltese Cross nursery, novice or open trial, or any novice or open driving trial at the start of the nursery season.

Season’s Format

Trial numbers:  1, 2, & 3 – Outrun, lift and fetch, shute and pen

Trial numbers:   4,5,& 6   – Outrun, lift and fetch, one way through Maltese Cross and pen

Trial numbers:   7, 8,& 9 – Outrun, lift and fetch, one way through Maltese cross, shed and pen

Trial numbers:   10,11 &12 – Outrun, lift and fetch two ways through Maltese cross, shed and pen

NURSERY DRIVING

For dogs that have never been on the cards up to and including 6th place in any novice or open driving trial or 1st in any nursery Driving trial at the start of the nursery season

Trials 1-12, inclusive: Outrun, lift and fetch, driving course, shed and pen

NOTES FOR HANDLERS

1. 10-00 am start unless otherwise notified

2. Entry fee are £10 per individual dog for the season, no prize money will be given

3. Dogs are able to change classes during the season unless they have been placed 1st 2nd or 3rd in the driving

4.   Maximum two dogs per class. All trials are pre entry, Booking in starts 2 weeks before the trial and closes by 9pm  on the Sunday a week  before the trial. 

5. In all nursery classes handlers will be allowed to leave the post and assist their dogs but will only be allowed half the allotted time at the judge’s discretion; however once the handler leaves the post the run will no longer be judged.

6. We kindly ask anyone running a dog to help let sheep out during the day to make it more enjoyable for everyone.

7. All dogs should run under their registered name

8. Any handler to be found cheating wil be banned for a determind time

 New & Young Handlers Classes

For any young handler, 16yrs and under at the start of Nursery Season, and any new handler who has not run at any open or novice trial before 1st October 2021, with any dog. Dogs may not run in any other class on same day

Young Handlers are restricted to 2 dogs

Young handlers class to take place during the first class of the day,weather driving or MX. Any young handler may run in the second class, if preferred,but this will not be within the young handlers class

New Handlers to run in the Maltese cross class

NURSERY AGGREGATE.At the end of the Nursery season, a trophy will be awarded to the highest pointed dog in the Nursery Maltese Cross class and the Nursery Driving class. 1st 6 points; 2nd 5 points; 3rd 4 points; 4th 3 points; 5th 2 points; 6th 1 point. Only the top Eight places will count towards the final score with the dog with the most wins being awarded the throphy if there is a tie.

There will be rosettes but no prize money

Results will be announced upon the completion of each class.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE ENGLISH NURSERY FINALS

This year, the 3 team members (+ one reserve) will be decided by an aggregate system, taking each dog’s best 4 scores from all the trials taking place before the 31st Dec. If there is a tie a run off will take place at the 1st trial in Jan to decide

Each handler can only qualify one dog into the team with the exception of the reserve place.