The Challenge

The Challenge  Program

 

PURPOSE:  To recognize those Labrador Retrievers capable of excelling in multiple venues during

the Labrador Retriever Club National Specialty Events Week.

“THE CHALLENGE” Program
The Challenge is an LRC, Inc. competitive program to encourage broad participation
in companion and performance events during National Specialty Events Week. To satisfy
the requirements of The Challenge, dogs must participate in at least three (3) of five (5)
disciplines (the hunting retriever tests, obedience/rally trials, tracking tests, agility trials
and conformation) offered at the National Specialty and must qualify in two of them. To
facilitate conformation participation for those exhibitors with altered animals, a Special
Attraction event is offered at the National Specialty.
This class is open to all (altered or intact) AKC (including PAL) registered Labrador Retrievers
except intact Champions of Record or altered Champions eligible to compete in a
Veterans Class. This event will be judged for placements according to conformation standards,
however the winners of these classes are not eligible for Best of Breed. A description of awards

and a detailed point schedule follows.

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AWARDS
Three photo plaques will be offered for the top three teams competing in The Challenge.
All dog/handler teams which prove “Up to the Challenge” will receive ribbon-mounted medallions.
 

REQUIREMENTS:  Each dog must participate in a minimum of three (3) of the five (5) areas of competition (Conformation, Obedience/Rally, Tracking, Hunting Retriever Tests and Agility) during National Specialty Events Week.  They must earn qualifying points in at least two of these areas.

 

ENTRIES:  All Challenge participants must submit a registration form to participate in The Challenge competition. In addition, this form is to be used if you wish to enter the Special Attraction conformation class. NOTE: The $10.00 registration fee applies to the Special Attraction class only. No fee is required to enter The Challenge competition.  If an entrant will be participating in a National Specialty conformation class, in addition to or in lieu of the Special Attraction class, please note as much on the registration form.  The registraion form can be found in the National Specialty Event Week Premium List.

 

Special Attraction Class – this class, divided by sex, shall be for Labrador Retrievers, altered or intact, registered for The Challenge.  (Intact Champions of record are not eligible for this class as they may exhbit in regular and non-regular conformation classes.)  It is equivalent to the National Specialty conformation classes with respect to earning points in the conformation area of The Challenge.  Dogs will be placed 1 – 4 in each class. Winners of the Special Attraction conformation classes are not eligible for Best of Breed. 

SCORING:  Points are to be awarded for participation (PP), as well as qualifying or placing (QP) in National Specialty events. All dogs qualifying in at least two of these events will be designated as “Up to the Challenge” and be eligible for The Challenge medals and awards.

TIED SCORES:  In the event of a tie, the dog qualifying in the greatest number of areas shall be designated the winner.  If this fails to resolve the tie, then the winner shall be the dog entered in the greatest number of areas.  The tertiary level tie breaker shall be participation points. Members of The Challenge Committee will be responsible for hearings on any disputed decisions associated with point accumulation.  

 

 

AWARDS:  The LRC, Inc. will award a photo plaque with Gold, Silver and Bronze designations to the dogs that accumulate the top three scores.  All dogs which prove “Up to the Challenge” will receive neck ribbon medallions.  

Challenge Medal Point Schedule

The single highest score from each of the five designated areas of competition is counted towards the point total. Each score consists of two portions – Participation Points (PP), and Qualifying Points (QP). Participation Points acknowledge the training effort required and the varying difficulty in passing at the different levels. Qualifying Points are based on the level of competition and reward excellence within that level. Each score consists of the sum of the applicable PP and QP.

Conformation:

Participation Points

   Class Placement

      Class Winner

WD/WB/RWD/RWB/

         BIPS/BOPS

JAM or higher

           1

          1

            2

           3

           5

Obedience/Rally:

Obedience and Rally are scored as one event in The Challenge.  Participants may choose their highest point score from these two Companion Dog Events.

 Obedience: 

Score

Novice/Veterans/Graduate Novice

              PP = 2

Open

           PP = 3

            Utility

 

             PP = 4

 

              QP

            QP

              QP

195-200

               7

             8

                9

180-194.5

               6

             7

                8

170-179.5

               5

             6

                7

Rally:

Score

   Novice

    PP = 1

  Advanced

    PP = 2

 Excellent

   PP = 2

 

      QP

     QP

    QP

95-100

       3

       4

      5

94.5-80

       2

       3

      4

70-79.5

       1

       2

      3

Tracking:

Participation points will be awarded to entrants who participate in the test as well as any alternates. Participation Points will be forfeit by any entrant that does not run an available track.

          TD

        TDX

VST (offered in 2011)

  PP

 QP

  PP

  QP

     PP

       QP

    2

   6

    4

   8

      6

        10

Hunting Retriever Test:

            Junior

           Senior

          Master

      PP

     QP

     PP

    QP

     PP

    QP

       2

       6

      3

     8

      4

    10

Agility:

Score is counted first—then the seconds under Standard Course Time (SCT).

FAST classes will be considered equivalent to qualifying at SCT.

Score/ Seconds under SCT

                           Full Height 

   Dogs running in Preferred earn one less QP.

 

  Novice

  PP = 2

Open

PP = 3

    Seconds under              SCT

Excellent

 PP = 4

    QP

  QP

    QP

100/13+

     7

   8

          13+

      9

90-100

     6

   7

           5+

      8

85-89

     5

   6

           <5

      7

 

Scoring Example:

 

"Marvelous Mabel" enters the Senor Hunting Retriever test where she qualifies!  Unfortunately she is “wait listed” for the TD level of the Tracking Test.  She then participates in Obedience and Rally for two days.  She fails to qualify in Utility.  The high score of her two Open qualifications is 193. Her best scores in Rally are a 92 in Rally Excellent and a 98 in Rally Advanced.  In Agility, Mabel runs Open Standard Preferred and Excellent JWW Preferred.  She has a clean run and is 6.34 seconds under SCT in one Open run, but fails to qualify on either of the JWW runs.  Mabel is skillfully handled to a third place in the Special Attraction Bitches class.  This has been one busy team and they deserve to be recognized!

 

Dog’s Name

Conformation

Ob/Rally

Tracking

Hunt Test

   Agility

Total

 

 PP

QP

PP

QP

PP

QP

PP

QP

PP

QP

 

Mabel

  1

  1

  3

  7

 2

----

  3

 8

 3

7-1

    34

In the event of a tie, the only dog that would defeat Mabel would be one that was also able to qualify in tracking.

 

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