Two Flat-Coated Retrievers standing in the water playing tug-of-war with a stick.

The Steady Singles Championship (SS)

The Steady Singles Championship is run as a friendly marking competition for Flat-Coated Retrievers at the annual National Specialty. The stake consists of single marked retrieves of graduated difficulty, on land and water, with a process of elimination determining one winner, the Steady Singles Champion, on the basis of exceptional marking ability. Other finalists shall be awarded without ranking “Judges Award of Merit.”

This document provides a description of the stake, eligibility rules, handler rules, judges’ guidelines, and guidelines for clubs holding the stake.

Steady & Unsteady Singles Rules.pdf

Addendum, to show recent scenarios for the running of Steady Singles:

GA – 2005 – 92 entries, 2 flights – flipped land & water

MO – 2006 – 107 entries, 3 flights – 2 flights flipped land & water; 3rd flight independent (results: flight A— 5 JAMs/35 entries; flight B—15 JAMs/36 entries; flight C—winner & 8 JAMs/36 entries)

MN – 2007 – 52 entries – 1 flight (results: 1 winner, 12 JAMs)

OR – 2008 – 34 entries – 1 flight (results: 1 winner, 10 JAMs)

CT – 2009 – 50 entries – 1 flight (results: 1 winner, 5 JAMs)

IN – 2010 – 82 entries – 3 flights – all run independently (results: flight A – 13 JAMs/27 entries; flight B—winner & 9 JAMs/28 entries; flight C – 11 JAMs / 27 entries)

MD – 2011 – no stake held

Unsteady Singles Stake (USS)

The Unsteady singles is a stake to introduce novice and young dogs and their handlers to field work.  The stake consists of single marked retrieves, of graduated difficulty, on land and water, to assess a dog’s natural marking abilities.  It is hoped that once novice handlers see how much their dogs enjoy this activity, they will become interested in pursuing field work, and utilize the natural and intended purpose of the breed.  While competitive in nature, this event should be conducted with exceptional friendliness and good sportsmanship, in a manner that encourages the pursuit of future field activities.

This document provides a description of the stake, eligibility rules, handler rules, judges’ guidelines, and guidelines for clubs holding the stake.

Steady-Unsteady-Singles-Rules.pdf