Animaltalk brings you the South African Bred Invitational challenge
The World of Dogs & Cats once again sees the finals of South Africa’s most exciting competition for local show dogs on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th July 2016 at the Gallagher Exhibition Centre, Midrand.
Billed as the Animaltalk South African Bred Invitational Stakes, this exciting clash of South African born pedigree dogs carries R11 200,00 in cash prizes, and the generous spoils will be divided as follows:
R5 000,00 cash to the owner of the winning dog
R2 500,00 cash to the breeder of the winning dog
R1 500,00 cash to the owner of the runner-up dog
R1 000,00 cash to the breeder of the runner-up dog
R50,00 each to dogs knocked out in the second round, R100,00 each to dogs knocked out in the third round and R200.00 each to dogs knocked out in the fourth round.
So how do dogs get to be invited to compete in this thrilling contest?
The 32 highest placed South African Bred dogs in the Animaltalk Top 100 ratings as at 1 June 2016 are eligible to enter by 6 July 2016. If one or more fail to enter, eligibility will be extended to the next in line dogs in strict order of their ranking, ensuring that a full complement of 32 dogs will be competing on the day.
The competition will follow an exciting knock-out tournament format, and three judges will officiate throughout. Dogs will compete in pairs, and a random draw will determine which dogs compete against each other in the first round. The three presiding judges will secretly select a winner from each pair and, since three votes cannot result in a tie, a simple majority vote will determine the winner to move forward to the next round.
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RULES FOR THE SOUTH AFRICAN BRED INVITATIONAL STAKES
- The contest will be limited to 32 participants.
- Entries will be invited from the 32 highest ranked South African bred dogs in the Animaltalk Top Dog ratings as at 1 June 2016.
- Based on the number of entries received by 6 2016, further entries will be invited from the dog(s) next in line in strict order of their ranking, until such time as a full complement of 32 entries is recorded.
- A further number of dogs, again those next in line in strict order of their ranking, will be invited to attend the event and stand by as reserves to replace any absentees on the day.
- The number of reserves invited will be at the sole discretion of the organisers.
- ALL EXHIBITS MUST REPORT TO THE MARSHALLING RING BEFORE THE SCHEDULED START OF JUDGING AND MAY NOT LEAVE THE AREA UNTIL THEY ARE KNOCKED OUT OF THE CONTEST OR JUDGING IS COMPLETED. THIS RULE WILL NOT BE WAIVED UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.
- ANY EXHIBITS NOT PRESENT AT THAT TIME WILL BE MARKED ABSENT and the stand by reserves (the next in line in strict order of their ranking) will immediately be invited to fill the vacancy and compete in the contest.
- The contest will be judged by three judges in a knockout tournament format, with the first round consisting of 16 pairs of dogs competing against each other. The 8 winners of that round move forward to the second round where they again compete in pairs and the 4 winners move forward to the third round. The four dogs again compete in pairs and the two winners move forward to the final round. The final round will determine the winner of the contest and the runner-up.
- The judges’ names will not be revealed until the day of the contest. At least one of the judges will be from abroad.
- A random draw will determine which dogs compete against each other in the first round.
- Three judges will officiate throughout the contest. The winner of each pair will be determined by simple majority vote of the three judges.
- For the purposes of this contest the definition of South African bred will be: Dogs born in Africa, South of the Limpopo river.