How to I qualify for the Invitational?
The Invitational is open to those teams placing in the Top 10 in a class within the qualifying period.

How is the Top Ten in each class determined?
The Top Ten in each class are determined by the total number of points earned within the qualifying period. Dogs earning at least one double Q or qualifying score in a Master Champion class are ranked as Master Champions and not included in Level I, Level II or Level III rankings.

Why do some classes have less than 10 dogs?
In some classes there will be fewer than 10 dogs invited. This is because there are fewer than 10 qualifying dogs in that class during the qualifying period. For example, in 2020 there was only on dog competing in the Shed Dog Master Champion Class. In 2021, there were only four dogs competing in the Shed Dog Master Champion class.

My dog qualified in Shed Dog I. Do they have to retrieve?
The retrieve is a required component of the Invitational. All qualifiers will run the same course in the first two rounds of competition but will be scored and placed only within their class. The top dogs from each class will move to the semi-finals and compete head-to-head with the winners of each of the other classes.

What is Best of Breed?
Best of Breed is awarded to the dog with the highest number of points earned during the qualifying period in each breed.

What is the Best of Breed Showcase?
The Best of Breed Showcase is open to dogs who won Best of Breed in the qualifying period in a class but did not receive an invite in that same class.

Let’s look at some examples:

Spot the Dalmatian received an invite in TL-III and UL-II. He was also the Best of Breed Dalmatian in SD-I but did not receive an invite. Spot is eligible to enter TL-III and UL-II at the Invitational and to enter SD-I at the Best of Breed Showcase.

Simone the Mixed Breed received an invite in LI-II. She also was the Best of Breed Mixed Breed in UL-II, TL-I and SD-III. Simone is eligible to enter LI-II at the invitational and to enter UL-II, TL-I and SD-III at the Best of Breed Showcase.

Tango the Patterdale received an invite for TL-MCH and UL-MCH. Tango won Best of Breed Patterdale in TL-MCH and UL-MCH. Tango is eligible to compete in TL-MCH and UL-MCH in the Invitational. Tango did not win Best of Breed in any class where he did not receive an invite to the Invitational. Tango is not eligible to compete in the Best of Breed Showcase.

Francis the Working Kelpie did not receive an invite to the Invitational. She won Best of Breed Working Kelpie in LI-II and SD-MCH. Francis is not eligible to enter the Invitational. Francis is eligible to enter LI-II and SD-MCH at the Best of Breed Showcase.

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