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AKC Rally® Virtual Pilot Program

AKC Rally® Virtual Pilot Program

Expansion of the AKC Rally Virtual Program to Include the
Rally Advanced and Rally Excellent Classes
This pilot has been extended through midnight, December 31, 2021

AKC Rally® Virtual Pilot Program

The AKC Companion Events Department is excited to announce the expansion of the AKC Rally Virtual Pilot Program to include the Rally Advanced and Rally Excellent classes. These are the next levels of classes added to the AKC Rally pilot program announced last year.

As with the Rally Novice and Rally Intermediate classes, the competitor sets up a pre-designed AKC Rally® course, video records the team’s performance, and submits it to AKC. In turn, AKC will assign a pre-selected AKC Rally Judge to virtually review and score the team’s Rally performance.

Courses Will Be Published – March 1, 2021
Entries Will Be Accepted – March 8, 2021

The AKC Rally Virtual Pilot program is open to all dogs six months of age and older. Dogs entered in the Rally Advanced class must have earned the Rally Novice (RN) title and may have earned the Rally Intermediate (RI) title according to the owner’s records. Qualifying in the Rally Advanced class three times will result in the dog earning the Rally Advanced (RA) title.

Dogs entered in the Rally Excellent class must have earned the Rally Advanced (RA) title according to the owner’s records. Qualifying in the Rally Excellent class three times will result in the dog earning the Rally Excellent (RE) title. All qualifying scores will be recorded on the dog’s AKC record and applied toward the three required for the Rally Advanced and Rally Excellent titles.

The qualifying scores and titles earned virtually are the same as those earned at in-person events. You may earn a title by qualifying at either or both types of events. The RAE class is not offered in this virtual pilot program and therefore, virtual classes cannot be used to earn the RAE title where double Qs at the same event are required. Rally Championship (RACH) points will be recorded for dogs after they have earned the Rally Excellent (RE) title, for scores of 91 or better in the Rally Advanced and Rally Excellent classes in the virtual program.

There will be five pre-designed courses published on the AKC website for the exhibitor to choose from. The exhibitor will setup the course according to the Instructions provided in the Virtual Rally Guidebook. They will video the performance, upload the video to their personal YouTube account, set the required YouTube viewing options, and submit the video link with the online entry form and pay the fee electronically to AKC.

The virtual Rally program is planned to end at midnight December 31, 2021 and all video submissions must be received by that date and time. We are excited to offer this virtual option to our Rally Advanced and Excellent exhibitors!

For more information go to https://www.akc.org/sports/rally/rally-virtual-entry-pilot/

If you have questions after reviewing the information, please write to Rally-VRE@akc.org.

Wishing you lots of fun in your Rally runs!

Sincerely,
AKC Companion Events Team