Posted Date: May 3, 2016
A review of the eligibility rules for Title Mania for new and experienced competitors.
Title Mania® is an open door for competitors of all venues to come and experience the USDAA experience. Competitors can test their mettle at any level against titling standards and earn qualifications for titles in one of USDAA's three programs--Championship, Performance, and Veterans. To be clear, even those who have been competing previously in USDAA events can enter at their current or higher level at this event. Qualifications also count toward USDAA's Lifetime Achievement Awards.
Special competitive awards and bragging rights are on the line in all levels and jump heights, with cumulative scores being calculated on a consistency-competitive formula.
Special TitleMania® awards include:
- Dog of the Year awards in each class type (i.e., Gamblers, Snooker, Jumpers, Agility) at each of the four levels (Starters, Advanced, Masters, Masters Challenge)
- Versatility Champion awards in each jump height in Championship, Performance and Veterans
"Title Mania is a new concept in eventing created to highlight strong fundamentals and competitiveness through consistency," says USDAA president Kenneth Tatsch.
USDAA's titing programs were established in 1990 and are more than just a set of individual goals. Most importantly, titles are intended to test progress in the training process for developing the key attributes necessary to ready a dog for competition--sound obstacle performance, directional control for navigating courses, and response control in achieving efficiency and keeping a dog on course. All of this together demonstrates the building of a strong, positive bond with your dog, which is vital to achieve success in the sport.
Competitors entering the Championship Program classes who are interested in international competition can also file the Intent to Compete Form (see the Forms Library at usdaa.com
) for a chance to be a member of Team USA and represent the United States in Spain in the 2017 IFCS World Agility Championships. One competitor meeting the requirements in each of the four IFCS jump heights may earn a spot on the team.