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What is Rally-O?
Rally-O is a sport which contains elements of obedience, agility and dancing with dogs. The course is numbered and timed and there might be cones, tunnels and jumps. There are turns, sits, downs and recalls. There are 270s, 360s, serpentines and spirals, fast speed and slow speed. It is suitable for the first-time dog owner, the obedience and agility competitor and the agility dog under 18 months as well as retired dogs that still want to work. It provides various levels, with increasing skill requirements.
What is NZARO?
NZARO is an incorporated society whose aim is to promote Rally-O throughout out New Zealand. NZARO holds official events where dogs can earn Qualifying Certificates (much like agility CRCs) and Milestone Awards, as well as Titles for the more accomplished.
NZARO and NALA
NALA has agreed to provide NZARO space in their magazine. We think that Rally-O is most complimentary to agility and are pleased to encourage NZARO, much like when Flygility began.
Each month a course is provided. Participants are judged and timed. Participants will be ranked based on score, then time. There will be an Individual and a Club competition. The Club competition will be based on the total score of the Club's best three dogs and handlers. At the end of the year there will be awards for prizegetters.
How you can take part
You can take part by joining either NALA or NZARO. To receive the complete NALA magazine including the Rally-O supplement you must be a full member of NALA. To receive the Rally-O supplement only you need to be a member of NZARO.
Rules and Judging
Participants are scored by marks over time. Dogs are expected to move with the handler around the course, and to follow the handler's commands to sit, lie down, etc. Penalties are gained if the dog deviates from the handler's side, sits to one side if supposed to be in front, fails to lie down on the first command, etc. All Clubs will receive the Rally-O NALA guidelines with their NALA magazines.
Anyone who has read the guidelines and is familiar with them, can judge NALA Rally-O.
MARRYING OF SIGNS.
Marrying is where two or more signs are placed at the same numbered station. In Zoom and Handy dogs signs may be married. Married signs are performed in sequence from left to right. For each level there will be a maximum number of stations that may have married signs.
NALA Link may include married signs.
January 2015 course
January 2014 - Happy New year!!!
TIME DIFFERENCES. by Karen de Wit.
A question was asked on an email group about the differences in times for some people to do the course cf with others.
My answer is reproduced below.
There are no actual rules for RallyO Link, though that would be a good idea, and I will start to work on some. Contributions welcome. However, Robyn’s comments about the time difference are interesting, even if it is not a new discussion.
If you look at the monthly course plan you will see approx how far you have to walk to complete the course. I looked at a recent course and people finished the course (getting 100) at a speed that ranged from 1.2 to 1.9 m/s.
If you look up Google it says that the top range for human walking is 2.5 m/s, that the preferred walking speed for most humans is 1.4 m/s, and that a human walking at a brisk pace goes 1.8 m/s. Having judged RallyO it is clear that some people walk much faster than others!
Perhaps next time you do a course you could look at the total distance, and divide that by the time you took. This will give you the m/s rate and you can then compare it to what a human walking at a brisk walk can do = 1.8 m/s. (If you are down at 1.5 m/s then you need to walk faster/improve in other areas)
If you then are able to cut a few metres off the total course by being really tight around the cones etc, and if your dog goes to heel really fast, that will also affect your time. The course I am referring to I was able to knock off 3m by going tight around the serpentine. It also had a fast pace component which would have an impact, and a 360 turn that could be done very quickly and tightly. The course I looked at had no halts so slow sits or downs were not a factor, but could be.
Perhaps we could look at how close to a cone you need to execute your turn/move, as that could have an impact on the total distance walked, however I think if you work on walking slightly faster, tighter turns and slicker finishes then your times will improve. I also think that often people do not have the course in their minds so they take up time thinking about where they need to go, rather than just doing it – so practicing course visualisation as we do in agility would be a good idea too.
This course does not need to be completed till August 30th. (it can be found in the purple NALA magazine)
Course is a Zoom course. There is one married sign, to be performed from left to right ie. normal pace followed by a 360 turn.
The reason for having a month off in winter is because the weather is often unpleasant, and grounds are often closed. We will still have 11 courses as we will have one in December and one in January.
Dec/January 2013 course
You can run this course anytime from now till the end of November. Run the Oct and November courses at the same time and make it a really RALLY TIME!!!
Note: When sending the results to Mike make sure you make it clear what month the results are for!!
May magazine, April results
END OF YEAR RESULTS.
Thankyou to all those of you who competed at least 8 times over the year. We hope everyone enjoyed the competition and is looking forward to more fun and games in 2012!!
BIG THANKS to Mike Butler for coordinating all the results and producing the monthly and annual lists of results. Thanks to Linda Guiness and Robyn Fargher for editing the monthly courses. Dont forget that you are welcome to submit a course too, email to [email protected]
The top 5 will receive awards as will the top Club. We will advise when this will happen.
|1||Mt Maunganui||Anne Proctor||Silke||26|
|2||Mt Maunganui||Fiona Goodall||Luna||29|
|3||Mt Maunganui||Fiona Goodall||Promise||35|
|5||Central ADTS||Jan Voss||Pippa||68|
TOP CLUB: Mount Maunganui
Runner-up: Hawkes Bay
May course, April magazine and results
April course and March magazine
March course and February magazine
December magazine and February course
November magazine and Dec/January course
Click below to see the course for November, which must be completed by the end of November. Nov2011 Rally.pdf
August NALA magazine ~NZARO Rally pages
Click on the Link to see the full set of results, individual and Teams.
Rally pages (July NALA magazine) and course for August
Rally pages from June NALA magazine
This file includes
- May results including Team and individual
- July course to be completed by 31st July
Rally pages from May 2011, course for JUNE
NZARO Rally 2010-2011 Annual results
April 2011 results
Rally pages from April 2011, course for MAY
March 2011 results
Rally pages from March 2011, course for April
Rally pages from February 2011 NALA magazine including course for March
The Course for March will be a Zoom course, and you will need lots of cones!!
Some stations are repeated so you will need to do another copy (or just remember!).