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