Gamble Away Agility Games 

13th April, 2019
Date 13th April, 2019 (Sunday)
Time: 4.00pm
Venue: Super Ring, Jalan Macalister Penang (the field next to Moral Uplifting Society)
  • Open Agility
  • Gamblers (Individual)
  • Gamblers (Team) 2 dogs per team
Closing date: 2nd April, 2019* (Tuesday)

Team Gamblers

For the Team Gamblers, each team shall consist of two (2) handlers and two (2) dogs. It will not matter which jump height the two dogs as long as each team consist of two (2) dogs and two (2) handlers. The combined results of the two dogs will determine the Gamblers Champion.

Scoring is cumulative; highest number of points wins with time as tie breaker only, in all aspects of the Gamblers competition. In the event of a tie in any height category in the Individual Gamblers, the tied dogs will compete in a run-off on the Gamblers for this award; however, only the score from each dog's first run will be used to calculate the Gamblers results.

Gamblers Games Scoring

Dogs will accumulate points in Gamblers based on the point systems described later in these rules.


The goal of Gamblers is to accumulate as many points as possible within the time allotted by the judge, and then to make a strategic decision to perform one of the two short “gamble” sequences within a specified time period to earn bonus points. The competitor who earns the most points wins.

The Gamblers course is set up with the obstacles placed randomly around the ring, without specific flow. Each obstacle is assigned a point value (see table below). A handler earns those points by successfully completing the obstacle. An obstacle can be performed only 2 (two) times for points. There is no penalty for taking the obstacle additional times during the opening period (unless the judge deems it is loitering for the gamble as described below), but no points will be awarded.

 If they choose to do so, judges may include a bonus combination of obstacles in their Gamblers course design. The judge will determine the points earned for successful performance of this bonus combination.

Obstacles that are one-directional (that is, the seesaw, spread jumps, and the long jump) must be taken in the correct direction to earn points.

A Gamblers run consists of two parts: an opening period and a gamble period. The first part is the opening period, which has a designated course time of 30 seconds. Handlers accumulate points by successfully performing obstacles of their choice during this time period. At the end of the opening period, a whistle or horn sounds to indicate the beginning of the gamble period. During the gamble period, handlers will have a specified amount of time to complete their choice of one of two special challenge sequences that are worth bonus points.

General Gamblers Rule

  • The start and finish jumps are used for timing, these obstacles will not have any point value and must be taken in the direction specified by the judge. The start jump is “live” at all times during the run. This means that if the start jump is taken after the dog has started the run, point accumulation ends and the handler should go directly to the finish jump. Going over the finish jump in either direction stops time and ends the run no matter when it is taken. Failure to take the finish jump at the end of the run will result in no time being recorded and the loss of all accumulated points.

  • If the dog takes an obstacle before taking the start jump to start the clock, he will be eliminated.

  • Once the dog has completed the gamble sequence, or if the whistle/horn sounds, the handler must direct the dog to the finish jump to stop the clock. If a dog does not stop the clock (barring a timing failure), all points are lost and 0 (zero) points will be scored.

  • There will be no penalty if the dog takes additional obstacles, including running through the weave poles, on route to the finish jump.

  • If an obstacle is attempted but not completed successfully (for example, taking the A-frame but missing the contact), a dog may attempt the obstacle again, as many times as necessary to complete it successfully. Alternatively, the handler may choose to move on and attempt a different obstacle without penalty.

  • If an attempt at an obstacle is successful, the judge will call out the obstacle value or number of the obstacle. If an attempt is unsuccessful, the judge will call out something to indicate that you have not earned any points (for example: “No,” “Fault,” or “Zero”) and the obstacle may be reattempted immediately if the handler desires.

  • If an obstacle is knocked in such a way as to alter it from its original state during the opening period it will not be available to score further points on during the opening period.

  • The opening period ends when the whistle is blown or the horn sounds. This also designates the beginning of the second part of the run and time begins for the gambles. If, however, a dog is negotiating an obstacle when the horn sounds to end the opening period, points will be awarded if the obstacle has been completed, which is the point at which it is no longer possible for the dog to fault the obstacle (that is, landing for jumps, front feet on the ground after having touched the contact zone with at least one foot, front feet have exited a tunnel, head past last weave pole).

  • There are no refusals judged during the opening period, but refusals do apply in the gamble period.

  • It is up to the judge’s discretion as to whether a dog may perform the same obstacle “back to back” (performing a bi-directional obstacle successfully in one direction and then immediately turning around and performing the obstacle in the opposite direction), perform a contact obstacle followed by another contact, or perform a set of weave poles followed by a contact obstacle or vice versa. This information will be provided by the judge in the written briefing.

  • If a dog takes any 2 (two) gamble obstacles in the same gamble in succession (one after the other) during the opening period, he will receive points for those obstacles, but will be ineligible to earn points for the gamble, even if he completes it successfully. If the two gambles have different obstacles, then if the dog takes consecutive obstacles from one gamble in the opening, he may still attempt the other gamble in closing and be awarded the points if he completes it successfully. Handlers may, however, do the same gamble obstacle 2 (two) times successfully for points during the opening without negating their opportunity to earn points for a successful gamble. They may also do 1 (one) obstacle in gamble #1 followed by 1 (one) obstacle in gamble #2, or vice versa.

  • The handler touching the dog or an obstacle (whether intentional or accidental contact) in a manner that aids the dog’s performance will result in 0 (zero) points being awarded for the obstacle.

  • Stopwatches or other timing devices are allowed during the course walk-through, but may not be used as aid during the actual competition.

  • The judge has the discretion to apply additional rules to the Gamblers class as long as those rules are defined in the judge’s briefing.

The Gamble

  • The judge will present 2 (two) gamble sequences, one of which will be more challenging and therefore worth more points. It is up to the handler to choose (therefore, to gamble) which option to attempt.

    Option 1 Gamble (less difficult) = 10 points

    Option 2 Gamble (more difficult) = 20 points

  • The time allotted for the gamble period shall be determined by the judge’s discretion.

  • The gamble points shall be awarded if the dog completes the chosen sequence without faults within the specified time.

  • The judge may choose to incorporate a distance restriction into either of the gamble sequences, requiring that handlers direct their dogs through the sequence without being next to them. In this case, the judge will use lines on the ground to designate the handler restriction area. The handler must remain inside this marked area and not step on or over the line(s) while they direct the dog to complete the gamble. The handler is allowed to lean over the line and extend their arm over the line; they just can’t step on or over it. In addition, the dog may cross over the line(s) without any penalty.

  • Although the handler must be inside the designated handler area before directing the dog to the first gamble obstacle, it is not necessary for the dog to be inside the handler area. When the horn sounds to end the opening sequence, the handler may immediately direct the dog to do gamble obstacle #1 regardless of the dog’s position.

  • Refusals will be judged in the gamble sequence and will nullify the ability to earn gamble points. The dog will not be awarded the gamble points if any of the following occur:

  • The dog fails to complete the sequence within the allotted time and/or incurs faults.

  • The handler steps on or over the line when a distance restriction is in effect.

  • The dog knocks a bar while taking a gamble jump to earn points in the opening period.

  • The handler violates the “No Loitering Rule.” Handlers must be actively attempting obstacles to earn points until the moment the horn sounds to end the opening period. If a handler stops a dog on a contact, repeats an obstacle that has already been completed twice successfully for points, or otherwise significantly hesitates while waiting for the horn to blow, will be called for loitering.

  • The dog performs consecutive gamble obstacles within the same gamble during the opening period. Any scenario not defined in the rules is at the judge’s discretion.

Gamblers Scoring

Points shall determine the placement of dogs. The run ends when the dog takes the finish jump and stops time. Time is a tiebreaker only.

The entry fees are as follows: 

Entry Fee

1st Dog

First Class - RM40.00

​Same Dog Subsequent Class(es) - RM20.00

Subsequent dog(s)

First Class - RM25.00

​Same Dog Subsequent Class(es) - RM20.00

Closing date: 2nd April, 2019* (Tuesday)

We will accept registration after closing date up to 1 day before trial, but we will charged a late registration fee of RM30 per dog as admin fees

As this is not an FCI Event, the FCI Scorebook will not be used.

Entries via Online, Whatsapp or Email will only be accepted if the total entry fees have been paid into the MSC’s bank account and a copy of the bank-in slip emailed/sent together with the Entry Form(s). Payment is to be made to the following account:

Name of Account: The Tigerland Canine PLT

Name of Bank: RHB Bank

Account No: 2120 68 0009 6490


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Registration Form For Gamble Away Agility Games

Height Class

Classes Offered

General Show rules:

  1. All participants are responsible for ensuring that their dog's vaccine is up to date prior to participating in the trial. The dogs and participants shall be in Good Physical Condition Sufficient for Participating in This Activity. Neither The Agility Official nor The Organizer or Club Shall Be Liable For any accidents or injuries.

  2. General Cleanliness at Shows - Exhibitors is reminded that it is their responsibility to pick up/clean their dogs' poo and pee at ANY show venues. Exhibitors caught breaking these cleanliness rules will be given an automatic two show ban. All dogs owned and co-owned by them at the time of the offence, will also automatically be suspended from two shows, even if they are transferred to new owners.

  3. Illness - The Organizer shall not be liable for any form of illness or disease that dogs may contract at a show. Exhibitors are required to take every reasonable precaution to prevent the introduction of diseased or sick animals to the Show. The sale of young puppies at the show venue is strictly prohibited.

  4. Collecting Ring – Only handlers are allowed into the collecting ring.

  5. 3 Calls Rule – if exhibits are not presented at the ring for judging, upon 3 calls by the steward of your exhibit number, your exhibit will be automatically scratched from further participation (even in subsequent classes) unless allowed by the judge.

  6. All dogs must be on a lead at all times and can only be off lead when competing in the show ring. Exhibitors who fail to observe this rule will have their awards withdrawn and given an automatic 2 show ban for further events.

  7. The Organizer has the absolute right to refuse any entry at their sole discretion.

Upcoming Seminar with Elsa Soo (Singapore)

MSC’s Intention on Organizing and Promoting FCI Agility in Malaysia

The standard of agility is getting higher and higher with the standard of the agility courses getting high; where they are very technically challenging and yet exciting to watch and at the same time, the top dogs are getting faster and faster, with dogs regularly reaching the speeds exceeding 6 meters per second.

As dogs and handlers continue to achieve faster times, the course design, surface for competition, jump heights and equipment will have to be of certain standard, FCI Standard to be exact, in order for the course to be safe, and allow both dogs and handlers to navigate the course at their full speed and potential whilst keeping the safety aspect of utmost importance.

For example, the maximum course distance in between obstacles for FCI is 7m whereas our National agility trials has a max distance of 5m. With a large a speedy dog, 7m is a must to all the FCI Agility judges when they design the course for the large category. This allows the dogs to be able to have a safe line when approaching the next obstacle especially for the contact obstacles, broad jumps, tire jumps etc. If large and powerful dogs are already jumping at 4m, how will they be able to navigate the next obstacle safely? And yes, proper surface so no slippery carpet on cement flooring.

Will all these progression on agility on the international and world championship level, MSC decided we shall take on this challenge to provide local dogs and handlers the opportunity to compete in such environment. We have many great dogs and handlers that show raw power and speed and we hope by providing them with FCI Agility Competitions, they will be able to reach their full potential and progress onto the international stage. We hope by doing so we set the space so that we will have a team of dog and handlers representing Malaysia at the World Championships in the near future.

The FCI Agility Regulation is available for download here
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Agility Regulations of the World Canine Organization (FCI)

Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) - is the international federation of canine associations, aiming at development, protection of dog sports and pure breeds. FCI office is located in Belgium, in the city of Thuin. Currently, FCI unites the national canine clubs from 87 countries (by one organization from each country). The Malaysian Kennel Association (MKA) is also a part of the FCI and also a member of the Asia region.

FCI provides the regulation for the World Championship Utility Dog Trials such as IPO, Mondioring, Agility, Tracking etc. and puts forward some strict eligibility conditions for competitions.

In general, all participants must comply with the following FCI requirements to enter:

a) International agility tests - trials sanctioned by the FCI, in which the appropriate agility certificate and opportunity of further participation in national trials and the FCI World Championships are awarded:

All breeds, older 18 months, in a possession of their origin registration (studbook / appendix), approved by FCI, must get a tattoo or chip; owners/trainers must have a membership in the club, relating to the National Cynological Organizations (NCO), affiliated to FCI.

All the participants must bring their Record books (journals) or licenses issued by the NGO, where the competition results are recorded.

Bitches in heat are allowed to participate in international competitions.

b) National Agility Tests

Further requirements are the same – dog breeds over 18 months of age with or without a registered origin must have a tattoo or chip; their owners / trainers need to have a membership in a club belonging to a NCO, affiliated to the FCI. Competing dogs must have a Record book or NCO license, in which the contest results are recorded.

Dogs that do not meet the criteria for participating are:

• Bitches, which became pregnant

• Obviously sick or injured dogs

• Dogs that failed their doping test Trainers / dog, arriving from other countries must prove that they belong to the particular NCO, which is a part of the FCI and they have individual classification in official agility tests in their own country.

FCI Agility Tests / Categories and Classes

The 2 types of tests (trials) are arranged:

• Official agility tests, authorized by the FCI

• Unofficial agility tests

Every dog is eligible to enter only one height category - S (Small) - M (Medium) - L (Large). It is recommended that the size of dogs, competing in 'S' and 'M' categories to be registered in the record book. A FCI recognized breeds or agility judge, signing each entry in the record book, is entitled to measure the animals.

1. Official Agility tests

Authorized by the FCI, are only available for dogs with a registered origin (studbook / appendix), approved by the FCI, over the 18 months age, possessing a record book or license issued by the NCO, in which the dog was registered.

There are 2 official agility classes:

• Agility – comprising contact obstacles.

• Jumping - excluding contact obstacles.

Each class is divided into 3 levels:

a) Agility / Jumps 1

Is opened only to dogs, which have not yet received their first agility certificate.

b) Agility / Jumps 2

Is opened only to dogs, which have earned their certificate in the level Agility / Jumps 1.

c) Agility / Jumps 3

Available to dogs included three times with clear rounds in the top three winners in the Agility / Jumps 2 trials.

Level relegation is possible, but this is made only under the terms of the NCO.

While designing and building the course, the judge must select, at his discretion, the equipment, approved by FCI.

Course Agility 1 should include no more than 3 contact obstacles; and maximum of 4 contact obstacles is allowed for the courses Agility 2 and Agility 3 (by the decision of the judge).

The difference among Agility 1, Agility 2 and Agility 3 should be:

• The length of the course and its level of complexity

• A certain determined speed to calculate the standard course time

These regulations apply to all categories - S, M and L - considering that the installed equipment shall meet the specifications defined for the small and medium size animal categories.

The obtained official tests results will be recorded in the record book or license and will allow participation in the National Championship, and later in the World Championship, in so far as the requirements, established by the NCOs, are met.

2. Unofficial Agility Tests

Are left to the initiative of every member-state; these "unofficial trials" are designed to hold agility ideals high and to ensure the safety of animals and their handlers. Before the beginning of each class, the judge should explain the rules in his briefing.

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