Hoopers - Competing

Starting to compete in any new sport can be mind blowing, not only do you have to actually go in the ring and compete, but before you even get to that stage you have to figure out where the shows are, how to enter, and what the rules are.

In the UK at the moment there are three competitive organisations, it’s absolutely fine to compete at all of them. However they do come with different registration, entry systems, rules and progression. 

Canine Hoopers UK (CHUK)

 Hooperholics UK (HUK)  UK Hoopers
 Website  www.caninehoopersuk.co.uk   www.hooperholicsuk.com   www.ukhoopers.com 
 Registration 

Sign up by clicking on the join link on the CHUK website. 

Registration is £5 per handler renewable every 5 years, and £5 per dog

 Sign up on - www.agilityleagues.co.uk/hoopers/default

Registration is £5 lifetime membership per handler and £5 per dog under 9

No registration needed 
 Entry  Varies - find shows on the website or on the Facebook page or hoopers competitions Facebook page. Many are capped (number of entries limited) and will sell out quickly. Each show schedule will tell you how to enter Shows will be posted mainly on Facebook, on the Hooperholics UK page or Hoopers Competitions page. Entry is normally by post or email to the show secretary, schedule will tell you. So far shows have not been capped Shows will be on the website and on the UK Hoopers Facebook page. Show schedule will tell you how to enter. So far entries haven’t been capped and may include pay on the day
 Class Types

Hoopers - just hoops

Barrellers - hoops and barrels, may include tunnels

Tunnels - mainly tunnels, will include hoops and likely barrels

Touch and Go - includes a Touch and Go (TanGo) mat, and any other equipment

Hoopers - just hoops

Mixed Lot  - a mixture of hoops, tunnels and barrels

Barrellers - mainly barrels, will include a start and finish hoops, can include more hoops / tunnels

Tunnellers - mainly tunnels, can include hoops and barrels 

Hoopers - just hoops

Parcours - can include all equipment (hoops, tunnels, barrels, TanGo mat)

Dog Categories

 Small - ulna measurement under 15cm

Large - ulna measurement 15cm and over

Veteran - any dog over 7 years old. Sizes are not split. You don’t have to opt in to veteran, but once you do your dog stays at veteran

Small - ulna measurement under 15cm

Large - ulna measurement 15cm and over

Large veteran - large dogs over 9

Small veteran - small dogs over 9

Small - ulna measurement under 15cm

Large - ulna measurement 15cm and over

Veteran 7-10 yrs

Veteran + over 10yrs

 Scoring

 Obstacles missed are scored at 5 faults, 3 missed is an elimination

Bonus boxes and challenge lines are added and scored as directed by the judge, these will give you extra points

If you achieve a section from a bonus box but later get eliminated, you still gain the bonus box progression points

FASTEST clear round wins regardless of points gained

Obstacles missed are scored at 5 faults, 3 missed is an elimination

Bonus boxes and challenge lines are added and scored as directed by the judge, these will give you extra points

Only clear rounds gain progression points regardless of whether the distance section was clear

HIGHEST POINTS clear rounds will win. Points are taken in to account first and then speed

Each run starts with 200 points. Your time is taken off as are any obstacles missed, and bonus points from boxes or challenge lines are added on

Wrong courses will gain elimination 

The highest score wins, this scoring system will take into account speed and distance handling

 Progression

 200 points in EACH category to progress to the next level

Half of those point shows must come from Qualifying rounds, not just bonus box points 

200 points in EACH category to progress to the next level 2000 points in EACH category to progress to the next level 

Each show will vary slightly in terms of how it runs on the day, for example running orders, check show schedules and never be afraid to ask once you’re there. I highly recommend reading the rule book for each organisation though, each can be found on the organisations website.

If you are going to your first show and haven’t competed in anything similar before, tell your trainer first! I am always happy to recommend good shows to start at, to come and support where I can or if I can’t to let you know about anyone else who’ll be there and answer your questions before. 

This document just gives some simple advice about preparing for your first show.

Hoopers Competitions in the South - 

 

COVID 19 - Please Note

 Most shows are currently cancelled or on hold - do check with the organisers for any updates!

4th & 5th July - Super Hoopers (CHUK) at UKA show, Turnpike Showground, Motcombe, SP7 9PL

12th July - K9 Heaven (CHUK), Hartleywood Equestrian Centre, Clutton Hill, Kings Lane, Clutton, BS39 5QA

26th July - Sherborne Vale DTC (CHUK), Ilchester Sports Field, Ilchester, BA22 8NL

22nd & 23rd August - Super Hoopers (CHUK), Henstridge Airfield, Templecombe, BA8 0TN