Full schedule can be downloaded here
World Agility Open (WAO) Championships Oviedo, Spain – 17th to 19th May, 2013
Republic of Ireland Team Selection Tryouts (held under Special Licence of the IKC)
Sunday 18th November 2012 At 10.00 am Streamstown, Malahide, Co. Dublin.
Open to Grades 4 to 7 dogs Closing Date: 18th September, 2012.
For 2013 the team selection will take place in two ways:
For the “WIN ON” places in each jump height, as required in the WAO Rules, there will be a 4-round qualifying competition for
Grade 6/7 dogs. The dog with the most points, in each of the four WAO height categories, will be guaranteed a place in the individual Biathlon and Pentathlon classes on the Republic of Ireland squad. Points will only be awarded to dogs
accumulating 5 faults or less WITHIN THE COURSE TIME.
The “ON MERIT”
places are open to Grades 4 to 7 dogs who have taken part in this qualifying
competition. These dogs and handlers, who have not WON their place on the Team,
will be assessed on their performance at the qualifying competition. We will be
looking for people who are able to show that they have the ability to handle,
and complete WITHIN COURSE TIMES, tough international courses. They must also be
able to demonstrate that their dog has been trained to an equally high level.
All dogs will be expected to have the following skills: 1) A Stay on the Start
Line, 2) Independent Weaves and Contacts, 3) Be confident handling Obstacle
Discriminations. On that basis, Anne Collen (Team Coach) and I, will select the
remainder of the squad by the end of December. Should the numbers/standard for
the qualifying competition not be suitable, we reserve the right to introduce
additional dogs that have not attended the selection day.
Please be aware:
- Competitors will be responsible for their own expenses i.e. entry fees, travel etc. to the WAO competition.
- As the competition is in Spain a pet passport will be required.
- Handlers must be prepared to put some effort into getting themselves AND their dogs FIT for the WAO.
- Handlers must be fully committed to doing everything possible to prepare themselves and
their dogs in the lead up to the WAO, e.g. Attend team training sessions and compete at all suitable Shows.
Full details of the event can be found on www.worldagilityopen.com
Please feel free to contact me if you need further clarification on any of the above.