Is your dog aging or does he have a permanent and stable injury? If so, you are eligible to enter VETERAN class of any game where a tunnel is not a required element. Veteran class has all the rats but they are all hidden no more than one bale high or one bale in from the edge of a structure. This is a great division for the dog that still loves to play but is a bit wobbly on their feet.

From Jan at Superpup,LLC:

We are excited to be the first ever club to host a Rat Games trial on the East Coast!!! We will be running in the cooler air of the evening on July 18th and are starting with two games – Mad Hatter (10 rats on the course) and Tunnels (for the dogs that love their tunnels!). Each game is a point accrual game so there is no “level” to enter – you just keep entering and accruing points until you earn your next title.

If you want to join us, please go to www.ratgames.com and register your dog with a RG number (they have to track your points somehow!) and then, of course, read the rules and the game descriptions.

You can get the premium off of the Rat Games web site under the events calendar, or from my web site (www.superpup.site). And, as always, to enter you can either mail your entry in or enter via PayPal/credit card through the web site as you would for a typical trial here.

Hope you can make it! Questions? Contact me at 4superpups@gmail.com. Please don’t ask me to describe the games or define the rules, though. You really, really need to go to the web site to sign your dog up anyway so just read it all there.

More trials will be coming your way in the near future!
Jan
SuperPup, LLC

Dog Sports America will be hosting a 2 day, 2 ring Rat Games Trials at Matrix Dog, LLC in Westminster, CO on July 6-7, 2019.  Pre-entries are open now and close July 1, 2019. After July 1, 2019, All entries are Late/Day-of-Show. Online entry is available below.

Games offered are:

Saturday Sunday
Courses

Speed
Heads Or Tails
Bet The Farm
Me First

Courses

Mad Hatter
Distance
Tunnels
Pairs

Doors will open at approximately 7:30AM each day.  Briefings will be at 8:30.  The first game to begin immediately after the briefing.

Entries

All games are $20/run for pre-entry.  Discounts are available as per the entry below. Day of show rates are $25/run if space is available.

Officials

Our judge will be Bill Pitts from Littleton, CO (RGJ-005).  One ring will run Games, the other will run Courses.  The club reserves the right to add/allocate judges to classes to improve the efficiency of the trial day.  Beginner and Novice will be held open to allow dogs competing in the in-conjuction event to compete.

Our Trial Secretary will be John Fisher from Reno, NV.  He can be reached at john@dogsportsamerica.com or (775)600-2912.

Ribbons and Awards

All qualifying runs receive a green qualifying run ribbon.

New titles will receive a title ribbon.

Blind

The blind will be 10’x20’ with ring gate dividers.  Blinds will be a maximum of 5 dogs.

Notice to Exhibitors

I. It is expressly understood that exhibitors alone are responsible for the behavior of their dogs, children and/or guests. Any exhibitor whose dogs, children, and/or guests repeatedly engage in unsafe or disruptive behavior may, at the discretion of DSA, be asked to leave the trial site. In such case, no refund on any entry will be made.

II. Venue

a. The trial will be held indoors on mats.

b. No Ex-Pens are permitted on the mats.  All crates must have a protective cover underneath them.

III. Entries

a. Withdrawal of entry before the closing date will receive a refund less a 10% processing fee. No refunds will be made for withdrawal after the closing date. Entry fees will not be refunded in the event that a dog is absent, disqualified, excused, or barred from competition by action of the Hearing Committee.

b. All entries must be accompanied by entry fees to be valid. A returned check does not constitute a valid entry. There will be a $50 fee for all returned checks.

c. Exhibitors are responsible for complete, accurate, and legible information on their entry forms.

d. Every attempt will be made to hold this event as scheduled. In the event of an “Act of God” such as fire, flood, etc., an event may be canceled. We will make every attempt to contact entrants and inform them of the cancellation. We will return all or part of the entry fees at our discretion.

IV. Dogs

a. All dogs must be on leash and under control while on trial grounds except while showing. FLEXI LEASHES ARE NOT PERMITTED at the show site. Electric collars ARE NOT PERMITTED at the show site.

b. Bitches in season are able to compete in Rat Games. They will be run at the end of each class. Bitches in season must wear pants. If bringing a bitch in season, please inform the trial secretary prior to the trial, and inform all exhibitors at the judge’s briefing. A separate potty area will be provided. No refunds will be issued for a BIS.

c. Disruptive dogs will have to be crated separately.

V. People

a. Please pick up after your dog and dispose of waste in appropriate containers. Please clean up after yourself.

Colin Ratcliffe and Kathy Roberts, both from Maryland, are the latest Rat Games judges to be approved.  We look forward to seeing what they bring to the ring.

Also, Superpups, LLC is the latest club to become a Rat Games Club.  We look forward to their first event.

Welcome to the Rat Games family, Colin, Kathy, and Superpups.

Jan Huff from Severn, MD is the latest judge to join the Rat Games family.  She brings about 5 years experience of hosting and judging rat hunting.  She has dogs currently hunting rats as well as scent work, agility, and flyball.  She looks forward to sharing and playing our games in her region of the country.

The top dogs for the Winter League after Round 3 are:

Malcolm and Sherry with 100 points
Dewey and Cindy with 86 points
Rascal and Lindy with 80 points
Ripley and Heather with 74 points
Cooper and Gretchen with 66 points

One more round of results to process and we can name the Winter League Champion!

reg_name Breed rg_number R1(Heads Or Tails) R1(Mad Hatter) R2 (Distance) R2 (Speed) Mad Hatter R3 BTF R3 Totals
Serenity’s Big Damn Hero Belgian Malinois RG-000018 24 11 6 27 19 13 100
Dew Bear With Me Golden Retriever RG-000012 24 7 24 18 13 0 86
Rascal Mixed RG-000010 0 13 24 24 13 6 80
Ripley's Believe It or Not Border Collie RG-000032 24 13 6 15 9 7 74
Danny Boy’s Lucky Cooper Border Collie RG-000143 16 15 12 6 13 4 66
Listo Mixed RG-000023 24 9 12 3 7 9 64
Kepler Mix RG-000011 12 24 12 14 62
Beauzoe Of Horsepower Ranch Mix RG-000039 20 0 12 24 4 0 60
Jiffy Border Collie RG-000038 16 24 15 0 55
Black Magic of Eromit Labrador Retriever RG-000142 17 24 13 54

Dog Sports America will be hosting a 4 day Rat Games Tournament at Matrix Dog, LLC in Westminster, CO from April 19 through 22, 2019.  Entries are open now and close April 7, 2019. Online entry is available below.

Games offered are:

Friday Saturday Sunday Monday
Tunnels
Mad Hatter
Distance
Me First
Speed
Heads Or Tails
Bet The Farm
Pairs
Mad Hatter
Distance
Tunnels
Me First
Heads Or Tails
Speed
Bet The Farm
Hurdlers

Doors will open at approximately 7:30AM each day.  Briefings will be at 8:30.  The first game to begin immediately after the briefing.

Entries

All games are $20/run for pre-entry.  Discounts are available as per the entry below. Day of show rates are $25/run if space is available.

Officials

Our judges will be Onnie Scantlebury from Frankfort, KY (RGJ-021) and John Fisher of Reno, NV (RGJ-001). Should entries support it, we will add an additional ring and judge.

Our Trial Secretary will be John Fisher from Reno, NV.  He can be reached at john@dogsportsamerica.com or (775)600-2912.

Ribbons and Awards

All qualifying runs receive a green qualifying run ribbon.

New titles will receive a title ribbon.

A portion of the entry fees from Distance, Speed, Mad Hatter, Bet The Farm, Heads Or Tails, and Tunnels will be put into a prize pool to be divided amongst the top three dogs with the most cumulative points in those four games.  Your highest score in each game will be counted in the pool.

Blind

The blind will be 10’x20’ with ring gate dividers.  Blinds will be a maximum of 5 dogs.

Notice to Exhibitors 

I. It is expressly understood that exhibitors alone are responsible for the behavior of their dogs, children and/or guests. Any exhibitor whose dogs, children, and/or guests repeatedly engage in unsafe or disruptive behavior may, at the discretion of DSA, be asked to leave the trial site. In such case, no refund on any entry will be made. 

II. Venue 

a. The trial will be held indoors on mats.

b. No Ex-Pens are permitted on the mats.  All crates must have a protective cover underneath them.

III. Entries 

a. Withdrawal of entry before the closing date will receive a refund less a 10% processing fee. No refunds will be made for withdrawal after the closing date. Entry fees will not be refunded in the event that a dog is absent, disqualified, excused, or barred from competition by action of the Hearing Committee. 

b. All entries must be accompanied by entry fees to be valid. A returned check does not constitute a valid entry. There will be a $50 fee for all returned checks. 

c. Exhibitors are responsible for complete, accurate, and legible information on their entry forms. 

d. Every attempt will be made to hold this event as scheduled. In the event of an “Act of God” such as fire, flood, etc., an event may be canceled. We will make every attempt to contact entrants and inform them of the cancellation. We will return all or part of the entry fees at our discretion. 

IV. Dogs 

a. All dogs must be on leash and under control while on trial grounds except while showing. FLEXI LEASHES ARE NOT PERMITTED at the show site. Electric collars ARE NOT PERMITTED at the show site. 

b. Bitches in season MAY compete in Rat Games. They will be run at the end of each class. Bitches in season must wear pants. If bringing a bitch in season, please inform the trial secretary prior to the trial, and inform all exhibitors at the judge’s briefing. A separate potty area will be provided.

c. Disruptive dogs will have to be crated separately. 

V. People 

a. Please pick up after your dog and dispose of waste in appropriate containers. Please clean up after yourself. 

Down The Leash will be holding 3 half day Rat Games trials on April 26-28, 2019.  The following is from their release:

We are very pleased to announce that Down the Leash has been approved to hold their first three Rat Games trials, and we are very excited. I think this is going to be LOTS of FUN! We really hope you can join us!

We will be holding 3- 1/2 day trials (4 hours per day) with a different game each day. April games will be: TUNNELS, ME FIRST!, and BET THE FARM. Please see the event and/or premium for location, judging schedule, description of games, and other details, and of course, if you have any questions, feel free to contact me directly.

Why only one game per day?
Put simply, better time management while getting our feet wet–more runs, fewer builds. One game means one course build and more chances to play. We may try multiple trials in a single day, or multiple games in a single day, but we’re gonna start small and see how it goes.

Pay close attention to the schedule of events as we will be filling in the rest of each day with CGC, CGCA, Trick Dog, and UKC SPOT testing.

Congratulations to all who participated. The Top 10 after Round 2 are as follows:

  1. Dewey and Cindy with 73 points
  2. Malcolm and Sherry with 68 points
  3. Rascal and Lindy with 61 points
  4. Ripley and Heather with 58 points
  5. Beau and Judy with 56 points
  6. Cooper and Gretchen with 49 points
  7. Listo and Joe with 48 points
  8. Sally and Marybeth with 46 points
  9. Fiona and Gretchen with 45 points
  10. Lucy and Megan with 44 points

The full points tally is in the attached PDF.

RG League Results R2