Robin Nuttall Robin_N
BARN HUNT REGIONAL RULES UPDATES

I have posted a new version of the Barn Hunt Regionals Rules to the website. The chief changes are:

Regional Grand National. Senior and Master Tunnel specs and lengths have been clarified.

Regional Grand National Distance Challenge rules have been clarified.

In Hurdles, the dog must cross all hurdles to Q. The handler cannot call the tube until the dog has crossed all hurdles.

In Team, the number of rats has been changed to SIX. Note that because this is late notice, the number of rats for the first Regional will still be FOUR. But for California and Ohio (and for the 2020 National) that number will be SIX.

https://www.barnhunt.com/regionals/regionals_rules.pdf
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MikeF126
If the course is 4’ wide and fenced, and hurdles are 4’ wide, how could a dog get to the rat tube without crossing all the hurdles? Is this rule change implying that there can be gaps between the ends of the hurdles and the fence? Thanks!
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Robin Nuttall Robin_N

MikeF126 wrote:
If the course is 4’ wide and fenced, and hurdles are 4’ wide, how could a dog get to the rat tube without crossing all the hurdles? Is this rule change implying that there can be gaps between the ends of the hurdles and the fence? Thanks!


Good question! This is mostly to prevent the handler from sending the dog and making a 1-3 guess on the tubes in the effort to take the chance they will be right, and if they are they will be guaranteed a run. Or a handler with a slower dog the doesn't want to go all the way down, so the handler takes a wild guess in an effort to save the run. 🙂

 

There will be no gap between the hurdle and the wall.

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Gail McMonagle BHAJ-240A
I am guessing that they didn’t want a handler to guess at which tube it was before the dog actually got to the tubes.   Since the odds at 1/3 they would be right, someone could actually win without the dog finding a tube or doing a hurdle.    
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Sharon Webb Sharon Webb
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In Hurdles, the dog must cross all hurdles to Q. The handler cannot call the tube until the dog has crossed all hurdles.
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I would like to see a box at the end of the Hurdles track that the handler could stand in - with their back to the tubes until the dog crosses the last hurdle. This way more old, slow, broken handlers could play.
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LindaInBend
Having just run Joey in hurdles at Regionals, I believe that standing in a box would not be as motivational to him, or to me. I'm not a runner, but I loved for a moment believing that I was.
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Brydon Christensen BrydonChristensen
I like the idea of a box as it is more friendly to the mobility challenged of us out there.  Also will put handlers closer to be able to remove/restrain the dog when they hit the rat rather than me still limping my way up the hurdles path.
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Erin McDaniel BHAJ-251B
I think having a box at the end for the handler to stand in would be awesome!
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Pam Opanowitz BHAJ-100A
I think hurdles is great the way it is.  But if the handler could start halfway down it would both give motivation for the dog to run and get them to the rats at about the same time.  Just a thought.
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Robin Nuttall Robin_N
We do not plan any changes to hurdles at this time. 🙂
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