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Bloodhound nomination procedure reviewed


The General Committee has reviewed the nomination procedure for Bloodhound Trials, following a recommendation from the Working Trials Liaison Council. The review has clarified the definition of stakes and removed the ambiguity surrounding the nomination process. 

Previously a hound could be nominated to each higher stake having achieved a second place only and therefore compete in the Senior Stake having not gained a first prize.

 The General Committee agreed this could devalue the Senior Stake and the Bloodhound Working Trial Certificate. Although the Regulations stated the eligibility for the Senior Stake was for Bloodhounds which had won an Intermediate Stake at close of entries, the nomination procedure custom and practice had been overriding this Regulation.

The General Committee confirmed that the lower stakes would not change but that a hound would be required to win an Intermediate Stake to progress into Senior. It was expected that the amendment would only affect a few hounds, by no longer allowing nominations for the Senior Stake.

From 1 January 2008 the heading of Regulation I(D)11 will be renamed to fully reflect the items included within the Regulation
FROM:          
Definitions of Stakes
TO:
Entries, Nominations And Definitions Of Stakes
The following amendments will also take effect from 1 January 2008:
I(D)10.c.
(Regulation deleted)
I(D)10.d.
(Regulation deleted)
I(D)11
Entries, Nominations And Definitions Of Stakes

a Entries
Bloodhounds must be entered in the lowest stake for which they are eligible at the closing date for entries. With the exception of the Senior Stake a hound may also be nominated for entry in a higher stake.  

b Nominations
Bloodhounds may be nominated in the stake immediately above that for which they are entered, provided they have previously gained a second prize in the stake for which they are entered at the trial. Nominations to compete in the Senior Stake are not permitted.

Nominations must be forwarded to the Society holding the Trial to be received by the close of entries. Notification of whether a nomination has been accepted or not will be notified to the competitor as soon as possible after the entry closing date. Accepted nominations should be included in the draw for the running order, and the usual entry details included in the catalogue.
c Definition of Stakes

Novice Stake

The line shall be approximately 1.6km (one mile) long and not less than half an hour cold. For Bloodhounds holding a Working Permit at the close of entries. No hound that has won a Novice Stake or gained a 1st or 2nd place in a Junior Stake or Intermediate Stake or 1st place in a Senior Stake may enter.

Junior Stake

The line shall be approximately 3.2km (2miles) long and not less than one hour cold. For Bloodhounds that have won a Novice Stake or a 2nd place in a Junior Stake at the close of entries. No hound that has won a Junior Stake or gained 1st or 2nd place in an Intermediate Stake or a 1st place in a Senior Stake may enter.

Intermediate Stake

The line shall be approximately 4.0km (two and a half miles) long and not less than one and half hours cold. For Bloodhounds that have won a Junior Stake or a 2nd place in the Intermediate Stake at the close of entries. No hound that has won an Intermediate Stake or gained a 1st place in a Senior Stake may enter. 

Senior Stake

The line shall be approximately 4.8km (3 miles) long and not less than two hours cold. For Bloodhounds that have won an Intermediate Stake at the close of entries. Bloodhounds are ineligible to compete in a Senior Stake until successfully stock tested. Hounds cannot be nominated to compete in the Senior Stake.