The dogs performance is assessed across five criteria which are taken to be the main considerations when assessing how a dog might fare against live prey. We present here a very basic explanation of each of the criteria, more indepth explanations will be available when the Judge's Manual goes online.
Enthusiasm (1 - 15 points, average = 8)
Lively and single-minded, showing great eagerness and determination to chase the lure.
Follow (1 - 15 points, average = 8)
How well the lure is followed.
Speed (1 - 25 points, average = 13)
Rapidity in moving, the rate of motion and progress.
Agility (1 - 25 points, average = 13)
The ability to move quickly and easily. Nimbleness in negotiating terrain and reacting to changes in the lures direction.
Endurance (1 - 20 points, average = 10)
Lasting quality; stamina of physical and mental concentration.
In addition, there is a Pre-slip penalty of up to 10 points, for a dog which is released early. Pre-slip points are deducted from the total of the other points.
Under normal circumstances two judges watch the courses and score them on the system about. Their scores for each dog are totalled, the totals added together and then divided by two to give the average. This is done for the morning and afternoon runs and the dogs final score is taken to be the highest of the two. So, while it is not essential for the dog to run in both sessions, obviously it gives them a better chance if they do, otherwise we just use the score that we have as the final one.
The average score for each category refers to the average for any given breed. So, if a deerhound and a greyhound both score 13 for speed, it does not mean that they ran at the same speed, but that each ran at an average speed for their breed. It should be mentioned here that this year (2019) the average scores have been reduced. Whereas the average originally totalled 65, it now adds up to 52. This was done to give more even spacing above and below the average line. A result of this is that if comparing scores from 2019 and after, they will appear lower than pre-2019. This difference only reflects a change in what is consider the average score, rather than a change in the dogs performance.
This kind of judging is obviously very subjective, that is to say, that it depends on the opinion of the judge based on their assessment of the dogs performance.
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