Rules and Regulations
Please read carefully before entering the show.
Participation is open to all Border Collies with a pedigree recognised by the Kennel Club from the country of birth. Dogs must have reached the age of 18 months on the day of the competition.
1st grade combinations are eligible to enter on Friday 7th August 2009.
2nd and 3rd grade combinations are eligible to enter the European Championship on Saturday the 8th and Sunday the 9th of August 2009.
It is not possible to enter for just Saturday or just Sunday.
The cumulative results from the Agility 1, 2 and 3, and the Jumping 1, 2 and 3 will count for a place in the Individual Final. The top 10 placed combinations (= handler & dog) per round will be invited to take part in the Grand Final Individual. This means that the maximum number of participants at this final will be 60. In the event that one or more combinations qualify at two or more courses, the open spaces will not be filled. The title "European Champion" will be awarded to the winner of the individual final.
The title CACIAg can be gained by the combination with the best combined results of the Agility 1+2. This title can only be awarded if the combination meets with the requirements of the regulation set down by the FCI (see www.fci.be).
National teams will compete in the National Team Final on Sunday. Each national team consists of the 4 best combinations from that country. The combinations qualifying for the Team Final are determined by the combined results of the Agility 1 & 2 and Jumping 1 & 2 courses of Saturday. The top 4 combinations per country over the 4 Saturday-courses will participate as a team in the National Team Final. If there are countries with less than 4 participants, the organisation will combine countries into ad hoc country teams.
The National Team Final will be an Agility course. To determine the winning country in this Final, only the results of the three best combinations of a national team will count.
The FCI rules and regulations are applicable to this show (see www.fci.be). Dogs with a height of 43cm or over: category Large. Dogs with the height 35cm or over, but less than 43cm: category Medium.
The organisation reserves to itself the right to refuse entries, and make any alterations they may consider necessary in the event of unforeseen circumstances.
The maximum combinations for the Open European on the Saturday and Sunday are 250. In the event of the maximum entries been reached, then the date on which the entry fees have been received will be given priority.
A dog will be withdrawn from competition and removed from the show if it is:
- suffering from any infectious or contagious disease.
- has any injury which is likely to cause suffering to the dog if it continues competing.
- of such temperament or is so much out of hand as to be a danger to the safety of any person or other animal.
- interfering with the safety or chance of winning of an opponent.
No person shall carry out punitive correction or harsh handling of a dog at any time within the boundaries of the show.
All dogs will be entered at this show at their owner's and/or handler's risk. Whilst the organisation and helpers will undertake every care, they will not take responsibility for loss, damage or injury howsoever caused to dogs, persons or property. All competitors must have a third-party insurance.
In the event of abandonment of the show through circumstances beyond the control of the organisation, expenses will be defrayed from the entry fees to cover the cost of the preparations for the show.
There will be no practising/training allowed in the rings or at the venue during or after the show. No food or toys will be allowed in the ring.
A handler working more than one dog in the same class must ensure that the dogs compete in the sequence in which they are drawn (according to catalogue). Failure to do so may result in elimination.
It is the competitor's responsibility to be available for their class and running order, and to visibly wear their number.
Dogs must be handled by the same handler throughout the whole event. It is not allowed to switch handler during the event.
People or dogs acting in an unreasonable/irresponsible manner will be removed from the show and forfeit all fees paid. All under 18's must be accompanied by an adult, who will be held responsible for their conduct for the duration of the show.
Please clean up after your dog and depose it in the containers provided.
Competitors consciously ignoring this request will be asked to leave the showground without restitution of their entry fees. Bags will be provided by the organisation and will be available throughout the showground.
Please, don't forget you are guests at HSV Beetebuerg and we kindly ask you to show respect to their rules and regulations, other campers and guests.
All that remains is the good luck wishes from the BCC 2009 and don't forget to enjoy yourselves.