Oriole offers a number of events in the form of tests, trials, tournaments, seminars, workshops and run-throughs throughout the year.
What’s the difference, you ask?
Tests: Tests are used to certify to a sanctioning organization that you and the dog have trained in, and are able to, demonstrate certain skills. The sanctioning organization awards the dog a title if you pass the test successfully.
Trials: These are like tests, except that you are earning a score which enables you to compete against other handler/dog teams. Trials are usually grouped into competitively balanced ‘classes’ which are grouped by categories such as experience (examples are : Novice/Open/Excellent, Starters/Advanced/Masters) and/or such things as the dog’s age or height at the withers. Regardless of how you place score-wise within the class, if the dog’s performance satisfies some basic criteria, you earn either a title or a qualifying ‘leg’ (often nicknamed a ‘Q’) towards a title.
Tournaments: These are like tests, except that you are competing “head to head” at the same time. Tournaments are often divided into heats or races that are grouped by divisions to ensure fair competition. Some tournaments operate on a ‘ladder’ system where good performances at local tournaments qualify you to go into regional tournaments which feed into a yearly national tournament event.
Run-throughs: These are practice trials offered at a reduced fee which are not sanctioned by any organization (so you can’t earn any title). Some run-throughs will allow you to use food and/or toys.
Seminars: These are lectures for a particular sport or skill within a sport that are given by a recognized expert on that sport/skill. Most, but not all seminars, feature “working” spots where you and your dog will have the opportunity to work with the subject expert, and “audit” spots where you can attend the lecture but not participate with your dog.
Workshops: These are “one shot” extended training sessions with a limited number of working spots that focus on a particular skill and are taught by someone expert in that skill.
Click on any of the events listed in the Upcoming Oriole Events listing appearing either to the left or bottom of most pages on this web site to view an information page on that event. Alternately you can use the Events menu at the top of the screen to navigate to the activity of interest as in the below example: