International All Breeds Cup

Fubine - Italy, June 29 - July 1, 2018
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IABC Regulations
Section 1 - General

The INTERNATIONAL ALL BREEDS CUP is a type of international agility competition which gives the opportunity to a wide range of breeds to show the beauty and variety of agility.

The idea of the INTERNATIONAL ALL BREEDS CUP arose from the initial idea of agility being a sport for all breeds. This is a great advantage of the sport which allows different people to do agility and compete with dogs of various breeds all around the world.

FCI rules apply to all the trials of the INTERNATIONAL ALL BREEDS CUP. Changes to the FCI rules introduced in the national rules of the organizing country apply. The ways of qualification for the different finals and the finals the rules for which are described here are the only exception.

The INTERNATIONAL ALL BREEDS CUP consists of individual, pair, team and nations trials.

To ensure a better atmosphere, the number of competitors is limited to 350 dogs.

Dogs compete for their breed according to the FCI breeds nomenclature. Colors are not differentiated.

The INTERNATIONAL ALL BREEDS CUP is an open competition to all dogs, so also dogs without pedigree or dogs of breeds that have not been recognized by the FCI can participate. At the IABC all these dogs compete as a separate breed labelled as 'mixbreed'.

The competitor must include the name of the breed and the FCI pedigree number in the entry form.

A dog can compete with just one handler on one day of competition. In each type of competition i.e. teams, pairs, individuals or nations, the dog must compete with the same handler.

Section 2 - Individual Breed Trials
a) participation

Individual Breed trials are open to all entered teams.

b) qualification

Individual Breed Trials consist of the Agility and a Jumping trial. In these the best dogs in each breed in each height category qualify for the finals. A maximum of 3 best dogs from each breed in each height category can advance to the Individual Finals from the Individual Jumping and a maximum of 3 from the Individual Agility. The number of dogs in each breed and height category that can advance to the finals depends on the number of competitors in that breed and height category.

  • if there are 1 - 3 competitors: one dog will advance to the finals from each run (1 from the Agility and 1 from the Jumping)
  • if there are 4 - 6 competitors: two dogs will advance to the finals from each run (2 from the Agility and 2 from the Jumping)
  • if there are more than 7 competitors: three dogs will advance to the finals from each run (3 from the Agility and 3 from the Jumping)

If the dog has advanced to the Individual Finals from the first run, and he advances also from the second one, another dog is not chosen to advance to the finals from the second run in his stead.

A disqualification in both of these runs means that the dog cannot advance.

c) finals

The Individual Breeds final is an agility course; the winner is selected according to the number of points and time in each height category separately. The running orders should be arranged so that dogs of the same breed in the same height category run in succession.

Section 3 - Pair Trials
a) participation

A pair consists of two dogs of the same breed.

In case of a pair composed of two dogs competing in different height categories, the pair is classified in the higher category, but each of those dogs runs in their own height category.

Competitors who do not have a pair take part in the run, but cannot advance to the team finals.

A pair may consist of one handler with two dogs of the same breed. However, if such a pair advances to the finals, the handler must be able to compete in the final run in the form of a relay, that is, the handler must be able to run two courses with two dogs in quick succession.

b) qualification

Pair Trials consist of the Agility and a Jumping trial. In these the running order is random (the members of the pair do not run in succession). For each pair, the result of the better competitor in the Pair Agility Trial and the result of the better competitor in the Pair Jumping Trial are counted to the pair’s combined score (the highest placed pair will have the lowest total number of penalty points and if that is the same, the better time wins).

The two best pairs in each breed advance to the finals, regardless of the number of pairs of that breed competing in the trials. If both members of a pair disqualify in one of the two trials, the pair fails to advance to the finals.

c) finals

The Pair finals is a relay which consists of two parts (Agility and Jumping) set up in one ring on the same set of obstacles, with a maximum of 12 obstacles in each. The first member of the pair runs the first part, then the other one does the second part. The handlers pass a relay baton to each other. The relay is judged by 2 judges who determine the relay baton and inform the participants about the rules of the competition before it starts.

The total time score and penalty points for each pair are counted to select the winners. If any of the two dogs is disqualified (in any of the parts, or the competitors do not pass the baton correctly), the whole pair is disqualified.

Section 4 - Team Trials
a) participation

One team consists of three or four dogs of any breed (the team cannot consist only of dogs of the same breed) and the same height category. Several dogs in a team may compete with the same handler. (Dogs without pedigree or dogs of breeds that have not been recognized by the FCI compete as a separate breed labelled as 'mixbreed'. Therefore the team cannot consist only of 'mixbreeds', or in other words it must contain at least one dog with an FCI pedigree.)

In case of injury or the absence of a member of the team, the team can be changed at initial registration. The competitors who do not have a team can participate in the run but cannot advance to the Team Final.

b) qualification

Team Trials consist of the Agility and a Jumping trial. All the members of the team compete one after the other. To determine the team score, the results of each team’s three best dogs in the Team Agility Trial and the results of that team’s three best dogs in the Team Jumping Trial are taken into consideration. If one of the 3 results within a team that count for the team result is a disqualification, the whole team is disqualified. If this happens both in the Agility and Jumping the team cannot qualify for the finals.

The three best teams in each height category from each run advance to the Team Finals, which makes a maximum of 6 different teams in each height category. If the team has advanced to the Team Finals from the first run, and they advance also from the second one, another team is not chosen to advance to the finals from the second run in their stead.

c) finals

The game 'Domino' is the final run for the team. The final is judged by 2-3 judges. The team runs an Agility course of a maximum of 30 obstacles, which they have to divide into a minimum of 6 sequences / 5 changes. The number of sequences the course is divided into is not limited. The competitors decide themselves how they divide the course and who is to run which sequence. The whole course (all the sequences) is negotiated in the form of a relay race. When one of the dogs lands, the next one continues from the next obstacle in the course. When a dog finishes its sequence it must not negotiate any other obstacle (the dogs negotiate their sequences which comprise the whole course and must not take any obstacles off course. If this happens the team is disqualified.

Section 5 - Nations Trials
a) participation

Nations trials are open to all entered teams. The handler represents the country which has issued the dog's workbook.

b) results

The Nations Trial is a Jumping Open where every dog runs in their height category.The time score and penalty points of all the competitors in the final run are counted as usual to determine placements in each height category. Points are awarded to the best 10 dogs according to the following table:

  • 1st place: 15
  • 2nd place: 12
  • 3rd place: 9
  • 4th place: 7
  • 5th place: 6
  • 6th place: 5
  • 7th place: 4
  • 8th place: 3
  • 9th place: 2
  • 10th place: 1

Only dogs that have completed the run without being disqualified can be awarded points. The placement points (not the penalty points and time) of the dogs representing each country are added together from all the categories SA/MA/LA to determine that country’s score, and the winner is the country with the highest score. In case of a tie, the country with fewer competitors winning points to achieve the result will receive the higher placement.

Example:
  • 3 dogs from country A have received points - 1st place Large (15 points), 2nd place Medium (12 points), 8th place Small (3 points) - in total 30 points, 3 dogs.
  • 7 dogs from country B have received points - 6th place Large (5 points), 7th place Large (4 points), 8th place Large (3 points), 6th place Medium (5 points), 7th place Medium (4 points), 6th place Small (5 points), 7th place Small (4 points) - in total 30 points, 7dogs.

The country that receives higher placement is country A.

If the number of points and dogs is the same, the country with fewer penalty points wins. If this still does not resolve the tie, the country with a lower time score wins.

Rules for IABC organizers

Suggested time schedule

Friday
  • Agility Teams
  • Jumping Teams
  • Finals Teams
Saturday
  • Agility Pairs
  • Jumping Pairs
  • Jumping Nations
  • Finals Pairs
Sunday
  • Agility Individuals
  • Jumping Individuals
  • Finals Individuals

The organizer can change the schedule or supplement the competition with other runs. The IABC can be a 2-4 day competition.

The organizer of the INTERNATIONAL ALL BREEDS CUP can be any club or person from a country which is a member or an affiliate of the FCI. The IABC must be organized as an official competition of an FCI member or affiliate organization.

Rules for the organization of the INTERNATIONAL ALL BREEDS CUP:
  • the organizer must abide by the IABC idea, rules and program,
  • the organizer must use the IABC logo in the version for that country/year,
  • the organizer must provide an IABC gift for all the participants,
  • the organizer must publish information about the competition on the website www.iabc-agility.com,
  • the organizer must organize a party for all the competitors with music and catering,
  • the organizer must organize a lottery,
  • the organizer must allow for 3 free entries of the 3 winners of the lottery from the previous year - 3 winners of the lottery receive free entry at the IABC the following year,
  • the IABC is always organized so that at least one of the days of the competition is in June,
  • the organizer must send the information about the 3 winners of the lottery and the results to Antonin Grygar agrygar@atlas.cz,
  • the organizer of the next IABC should send information, posters and 3 lottery tickets entitling to the free entry fee to the organizers of the current IABC so they can advertise the following IABC at their competition.
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