Goin' for the bunny!
Kickin' up the dust!
In both, the dogs must be at least one year old before they can compete and the only disqualification for Ridgebacks is ridgelessness. Bitches in season are also not allowed to compete and all are tested prior to the start of the trial.
In AKC competition, dogs must first successfully complete two runs on two separate days and in doing so, are awarded the AKC's Junior Courser (JC) title. In the Junior Course test, a dog, running by itself, must follow the lure thru the course, show enthusiasm, good follow, speed, agility and not be distracted by anything else. Once this title is awarded, the dog can then go on to compete in the regular trial. In regular trials, there are a maximum of three dogs running in each set. Two races are run by each dog during the day and a combined score is used to award placement. The top dog in each breed can then go on to compete in Best in Field. To earn a Field Champion title, a dog must earn 15 points, including two major wins. The point schedule varies from region to region, but here in Florida it takes 5 Ridgebacks competing for a 3 point major.
In ASFA competition, dogs must first be certified by a judge in order to compete with others. The dog must successfully run the course, as outlined above, running with one other dog. The purpose of this is to ensure the dog will not interfere with or be distracted by another dog running at the same time. Once certification is attained, the dogs can then go on to compete. To earn an ASFA Field Champion title (FCh, which appears after the dog's registered name) a dog must earn 100 points, including 2 first place wins, or 1 first and 2 seconds. The point system is based on the number of dogs competing at that event and points are given to 1st thru 4th place.
For more information on these great sports, check out the AKC website - www.akc.org and the ASFA website - www.asfa.org