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Event Description: Sporting Dog Agility

The purpose of an Agility competition is to demonstrate a dog's willingness to work with its handler under a variety of conditions.

Featuring that partnership between dogs and handlers, the agility competition leads dogs in a fast-paced race through a maze of obstacles and jumps. Completing the course in the shortest amount of time with the fewest number of faults wins. Faults include deviation from flow of course and improper maneuvering in and around the obstacles. The course consists of teeter-totters, tires, hurdles, chutes and poles and the competing dogs will run the course three times each. At the ESPN Great Outdoor Games we have divided the dogs into two categories - large dogs (with a 26" jump height) and small dogs (16" jump height.)

Last year's champions will be back to defend their titles in 2001 so look for Darell Bommarito and his dog Lacey in the big dog bracket and Shenna Lemche and Banchor leading the charge in small dog agility.

Competitors: 10 small dogs, 20 large dogs and their handlers

Judges: Five (5); One Head Judge, Three Gatekeepers, One Scribe Duration of Run Standard Course Time as determined by the Head Judge (Approximately 55 seconds)

Competition Format Agility Round One:
The order of competition will be determined by random draw with influence. Each of the dogs will complete the agility obstacle course according to the course design and will be assigned an Agility Round One Score based on number of Agility Course Faults (if any) added to the number of Agility Time Faults (if any). The dogs will be ranked based on the lowest to highest Agility Round One Scores. The time in which it takes each dog to complete the course will be recorded as their Agility Course Time for the purposes of assessing Time Faults and resolving ties.

Turn & Burn Round One:
The order of competition will be based on the highest to lowest Agility Round One Scores. Each of the dogs will complete the Turn and Burn course according to the course design and will be assigned a Turn & Burn Round One Score based on the time in which it takes the dog to complete the run, plus the number of Turn and Burn Course Faults (if any). The Agility Round One Scores and Turn & Burn Round One Scores will be added together and the dogs will be ranked based on the lowest to highest Combined Round One Score.

Final Agility Round:
The order of competition will be determined by the reverse order of the rankings based on the Combined Round One Scores. Each of the dogs will complete the agility obstacle course according to the course design and will be assigned a Final Agility Round Score based on the number of Agility Course Faults (if any) added to the number of Agility Time Faults (if any). The dogs will be ranked based on the lowest to highest Final Agility Round Scores. The time in which it takes each dog to complete the course will be recorded as their Agility Course Time for the purposes of assessing Time Faults and resolving ties.

Final Turn & Burn Round:
The order of competition will be based on the highest to lowest Final Agility Round Scores . Each of the dogs will complete the Turn and Burn course according to the course design and will be assigned a Final Turn & Burn Round Score based on the number of Turn & Burn Course Faults (if any) added to the duration of the dogs run. The Final Agility Round and Final Turn & Burn Round Scores will be added together and the dogs will be ranked based on the lowest to highest Combined Final Round Time.

Competition Flow Agility Round One:
The handlers will be given seven (7) minutes prior to the round during which they may walk the course for observation of the course set-up. The dogs will not be allowed on the course during this time period.

Each of the dogs and handlers will begin the course at the start line. The Timekeeper will indicate the start of the run by announcing "Course Clear". When the dog crosses the start line they will break a laser beam and the time clock will begin running. The dog and handler will complete the course in the sequence defined by the course designer. The Head Judge will indicate any faults as they occur by the raising of his/her hand and the Scribe will record them accordingly. The time clock will be stopped at the point at which the dog crosses the finish line and the duration of the dogs run will be recorded by the Scribe.

Turn & Burn Round One:
The handlers will be given seven (7) minutes prior to the round during which they may walk the course for observation of the course set-up. The dogs will not be allowed on the course during this time period.

Each of the dogs and handlers will begin the course at the start line. The Timekeeper will indicate the start of the run by announcing "Course Clear". When the dog crosses the start line they will break a laser beam and the time clock will begin running. The dog and handler will complete the course in the sequence defined by the course designer. The Head Judge will indicate any faults as they occur by the raising of his/her hand and the Scribe will record them accordingly. The time clock will be stopped at the point at which the dog crosses the finish line and the duration of the dogs run will be recorded by the Scribe.

Final Agility and Turn & Burn Rounds:
The handlers will be given seven (7) minutes prior to the round during which they may walk the course for observation of the course set-up. The dogs will not be allowed on the course during this time period.

The order of competition for the Final Agility Round will be determined by the reverse order of rankings from the Combined Round One Score. Each of the dogs and handlers will begin the course at the start line. The Timekeeper will indicate the start of the run by announcing "Course Clear". When the dog crosses the start line they will break a laser beam and the time clock will begin running. The dog and handler will complete the course in the sequence defined by the course designer. The time clock will be stopped at the point at which the dog crosses the finish line and the duration of the dogs run will be recorded by the Scribe. The order of competition for the Final Turn & Burn Round will be determined by the reverse order of rankings from the Final Agility Round. Each of the dogs and handlers will begin the course at the start line. The Timekeeper will indicate the start of the run by announcing "Course Clear". When the dog crosses the start line they will break a laser beam and the time clock will begin running. The dog and handler will complete the course in the sequence defined by the course designer. The time clock will be stopped at the point at which the dog crosses the finish line and the duration of the dogs run will be recorded by the Scribe.

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 Handler Darell Bommarito and his dog Lacey win the agility competition for large dogs at the Great Outdoor Games.
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