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HEELWORK TO MUSIC REGULATIONS AMENDMENTS


HEELWORK TO MUSIC REGULATION CHANGES

The Heelwork to Music Working Party met during 2007 to discuss the effectiveness of the new Regulations introduced in January. As a result of the discussion the working party made recommendations to clarify some of the new regulations, and to introduce a lead/head judge who will make decisions where there is an equality of marks. As a result, the General Committee has approved the following regulation amendments with effect from 1 January 2008.

Regulation L(A)6.    
FROM:
A dog must be entered in the lowest scheduled official class for which it is eligible.
           
TO:
A dog must only be entered in a class for which it is eligible in each category. 
(Amendment underlined)

Regulation L.16.g
FROM:
The dog should work in a willing and natural manner. Excessive barking must be penalised in the relevant section of the scoring at the judge’s discretion.

TO:
The dog should work in a willing and natural manner. Excessive barking must be penalised and a maximum of 4 marks can be deducted from the overall score at the judge’s discretion.
(Amendment underlined)

During its review in 2006, the working party clarified the procedure should two dogs finish on equal marks, with specific sections taking precedence, depending on the category of class. However, the situation of dogs getting equal marks in each section had not been considered and the General Committee has now approved that a lead / head judge be appointed for every class and that that person should have the final decision if two routines were given equal marks, and should also adjudicate on any other judging issues. 

Regulation L.13.a
FROM:
Wherever possible as many of the judges on the panel should have competed at and thus have practical experience of the level they are judging. (With the exception of advanced classes where the judges should fulfil the criteria detailed below). 

TO:
Wherever possible as many of the judges on the panel should have competed at and thus have practical experience of the level they are judging. (With the exception of advanced classes where the judges should fulfil the criteria detailed below). An experienced lead (head) judge should be appointed for each class.
(Amendment underlined)

Regulation L.16.d
FROM:
In the event of dogs obtaining equality of marks in Heelwork to Music competitions, the Accuracy and Execution of Movement mark will decide the result. In a Freestyle Competition, the Musical Interpretation mark will decide the result.

TO:
In the event of dogs obtaining equality of marks in Heelwork to Music competitions, the Accuracy and Execution of Movement mark will decide the result. In a Freestyle Competition, the Musical Interpretation mark will decide the result. Where there is still equality of marks the order shall be decided at the discretion of the lead (head) judge.
(Amendment underlined)

The General Committee further confirmed that any points obtained in the Heelwork to Music semi finals or finals at Crufts should be allowed to be used towards the Heelwork to Music excellent award. It also confirmed that the winner at Crufts would not automatically qualify for the following year’s semi final or Crufts.

ENDS

9th November 2007
[320.07]

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