Any individual who is not on their country’s team may now apply for Wildcard entry.
The WAO Organising Committee may select a maximum of 7 (seven) dogs per jump height (in addition to the returning WAO medal winners and international champions from the previous year) to attend the event as individual competitors in two or three of the individual events, Pentathlon, Biathlon, and Games championships events. There will be a maximum of 5 (five) wildcards in each individual event per jump height.
There are NO restrictions or competition requirements on who applies for these positions. Therefore, any handler can apply but only partnerships the Wildcard Selection Committee believes could achieve success at the event will be offered a wildcard spot.
The 2018 WAO Gold, Silver, and Bronze medallists in each height of the Individual Agility Pentathlon, Agility Biathlon, and Agility Games events are automatically invited to the 2019 WAO to compete in the event for which they won a medal in 2018 (for example, the 2018 Agility Biathlon medallists are automatically invited to compete in the 2019 Agility Biathlon).
In addition, the Individual Gold medallists from the previous year in each height of the following championship events are automatically invited to the 2019 WAO:
FCI Agility World Championships
IFCS Agility World Championships
FCI Agility Championship of the Américas y el Caribe: Individual
Open Agility Championship of the Américas y el Caribe: Individual
Medal winners from 2018 will run as a wildcard in the relevant event(s) unless they also qualify for their country’s 2019 WAO team. In the latter case, they will run as an additional entry for their country’s team in the event for which the medal was earned. Therefore, that country will have an extra dog competing in that event. For example, if the 2018 Agility Biathlon 300 gold medallist is from the USA, Team USA will run 4 (four) dogs in the 300 jump height of the Agility Biathlon. Or, if the 2018 EO Large Dog winner is from Italy and he also qualifies for the WAO Italian Team, then Italy will run 4 (four) dogs in the 600 height division in the Agility Biathlon, Agility Pentathlon, and Agility Games.