Border Collie

Classes and Events

Competitors will vie for four World Championship titles at the WAO, three individual and one team.

INDIVIDUAL COMPETITION

Pentathlon Championship

The Pentathlon consists of 2 rounds of Agility, 2 rounds of Jumping, and 1 round Speedstakes. The combined results from the 5 classes determine the Individual Pentathlon World Champion. One world champion will be declared in each jump height.

Scoring is cumulative; faults are added to time, and the lowest score wins in all aspects of the Pentathlon. Each country can enter 3 dogs per jump height.

Biathlon Championship

The Biathlon consists of 1 round of Agility followed by 1 round of Jumping. The combined results of the two classes determine the Biathlon World Champion. One world champion will be declared in each jump height.

Scoring is cumulative; least faults wins with time as tie breaker only, in all aspects of the Biathlon. Each country can enter 3 dogs per jump height.

Games Championship

The Games Championships consists of 1 round of Snooker followed by 1 round of Gamblers. The combined results of the two classes determine the Games World Champion. One world champion will be declared in each jump height.

Scoring is cumulative; highest number of points wins with time as tie breaker only, in all aspects of the Games Championship. Each country can enter 3 dogs per jump height.

NATIONAL TEAM COMPETITION

The Team competition consists of 2 rounds of Agility, 2 rounds of Jumping, and 1 round Speedstakes. The combined results from the 5 classes determine the Team World Champion.

Each country will be eligible to enter 1 team. Each team will be comprised of 4 dogs, 1 dog from each jump height. Only 3 dogs per team will run in the 2 Agility rounds and the 2 Jumping rounds. No height can sit out twice; for example, a country’s team entry might look like this:

  • Class 1: 300, 400, 525
  • Class 2: 300, 525, 600
  • Class 3: 300, 400, 600
  • Class 4: 400, 525, 600

Scoring is cumulative; faults are added to time, and the lowest score wins in all aspects of the Pentathlon.

OVERVIEW OF CLASSES

Agility

The object of this class is to negotiate a full course of agility equipment. There are a minimum of 19 obstacles and a maximum of 20.

Jumping

The object of this class is to negotiate a course without contact equipment. There are a minimum of 19 obstacles and a maximum of 20.

Speedstakes

The object of this class is to negotiate a Jumping course that also includes an A-frame. There are a minimum of 19 obstacles and a maximum of 20.

Team Relay

The object of this class is for 4 dogs and 4 handlers to work together to perform a relay course as a team. There is 1 dog from each jump height on a team. The 300 and 400 dogs will run at 300mm (11.81in), and the 525 and 600 dogs will run at 525mm (21.65in). Each dog on the team will perform a minimum of 15 obstacles and a maximum of 20 obstacles.

Gamblers

The goal of Gamblers is to accumulate as many points as possible within the time allotted by the judge, and then to make a strategic decision to perform one of the two short “gamble” sequences within a specified time period to earn bonus points.

Snooker

The object of the game is to earn as many points as possible within the course time set by the judge. Scoring is similar to the billiards game of Snooker; however, the judge may place the obstacles in the ring in any position.