Tidbits 3/6/2017

Upcoming AKC changes

The February AKC board minutes included some changes to equipment used for AKC agility and the Course times for Premier JWW. The details are a bit sketchy. I assume we will get some more definitive information shortly. 

Updates to Agility Equipment and Use

The Board VOTED to modify some of the equipment used in AKC agility in order to modernize and improve safety. In addition, two new jumps are also added to the AKC program to add variety and keep the sport fresh. Also, changes were approved to the equipment used in the International Sweepstakes Class (ISC) in order to keep this class aligned with the FCI agility program. The equipment changes must be implemented no later than January 2, 2018 by the clubs. All of the equipment changes can be implemented immediately by clubs if they have conforming equipment with the exception of the new pause table heights, which will become effective January 2, 2018. The changes to Chapter 14, of the ISC Regulations, are effective April 1, 2017, which corresponds to the start of the qualifying year for the 2018 World Team tryouts.

Change to Premier Jumpers with Weaves Course Time

The Board VOTED to increase the course times slightly for some jump heights in the Premier Jumpers with Weaves class and to refine the jump heights from three to five groupings. The Premier class launched in October 2015. The initial course times were based on testing prior to implementation, however, given the critical nature of course times to the success of the sport, it was prudent to continue to study this after launch. Based on data collected and input from judges, the staff is recommending a refinement of the jump heights from three to five groupings in both the Regular and Preferred classes and a slight increase in course times in six out of the ten jump heights.

Trials on the Move

The Calusa September trial in Arcadia has moved two weeks earlier (Sept 8-10). 

The Perry, GA five day cluster in January 2018 has moved to November 29 to December 3, 2017. There are also four days of Conformation as well (more shopping opportunities).

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