Dog High Jump State Finals

The Ballarat Show once again hosted the 2016 Dog High Jump State Finals.  There was tough competition between the sniffing, barking, running and jumping but a great time was had by all. 

2016 Champion Dog under 50cm goes to 'Snoof' jumping 119cm and Cassandra Parker from Yeodene.  Snoof is a 7 year old Staffy x Jack Russell.  They represent the Balmoral Show Society.  Runner up was Índi' jumping 103cm and Ellen Meade representing the Camperdown Show Society.

snoof takes home 1st prize for the small dog class

snoof takes home 1st prize for the small dog class

2016 Champion Dog 50cm - 60cm goes to 'Saveloy' jumping 251cm and Tiah Drake from Mepunga.  Saveloy is a 3year old Border Collie x Kelpie.They represent the Camperdown Show Society.  Runner up was 'Lui' and Casey Waters representing the Mildura Show Society. 

Saveloy and his owner tiah drake over the moon about claiming 1st prize at the state final 2016

Saveloy and his owner tiah drake over the moon about claiming 1st prize at the state final 2016

2016 Champion Dog over 60cm goes to 'Baily' jumping 251cm and Teagan Eagle from Croydon.  Baily is a 3 year old Kelpie that lives in a suburban back yard in Croydon.  They represent the Seymour Show Society.  Runner up was Éclipse'and Robert McCracken from the Clunes Show.

Just as a matter of interest Baily broke the world record for the Kelpie High Jump in June 2016 clearing 295 cm. 

Baily jumping to great heights and first place at the state finals 2016

Baily jumping to great heights and first place at the state finals 2016

Dog Jumping Competition Regulations

  • The competition is a test of the dog's jumping ability.
  • The competition is open to all dogs.
  • The dog is permitted to jump on to or over the jump.
  • A dog who has won at Show Society level will qualify for the State Final Judging.  A dog can represent only ONE Society.  State Final is held at Ballarat Show in November each year.
  • Each Society conducting this competition must supply VASL in writing immediately following the show -
    • Name of the winning dog in each Section.
    • Height Jumped by winning dog in each section.
    • Owners Name, address, phone number and email address of winning dog in each section.
  • All dogs not competing must be on a lead with a handler in the Marshalling Area behind the competition area.  Competition area should be 15 metres long by 8 metres wide.
  • Only ONE dog may be loose in the competition area at any one time.
  • Every dog must compete at every height.
  • There must be a handler at the top of the jump to act as a catcher if necessary, and a handler as a catcher at the bottom.  The dog's owner must supply the extra handler.
  • Each dog is allowed three attempts at each height if necessary.
  • In the event of two dogs jumping the same height, the winner shall be determined as the dog that took the least number of attempts from one jump.
  • A dog may compete on a loose lead or must be released at a minimum of three metres from the jump.
  • ANY MISHANDLING OR MISUSE OF A DOG WILL INCUR IMMEDIATE DISQUALIFICATION
  • If, in the opinion of the Stewards, a dog is unsafe to other competitors or the general public, it will be withdrawn from the competition.
  • The jumps should be constructed according to the following specifications -
    • The top must be a minimum of 600mm wide and covered with carpet or some such material.  Construction and dimensions see diagram.
  • Classes -
    • Small dog class under 50cm
    • Medium dog class 50cm - less than 60cm
    • Large dog class 60cm and over.
  • If, since competing at a local Show, a dog which has won in any of the classes has grown in height, that dog must compete in the appropriate class at the State Final.
  • A ladder will be provided for the handler.
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