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The AWC has held the Versatility Competition in conjunction with its National Specialty since 2007. Versatility combines four events (lure coursing, conformation, rally, and agility) to showcase the versatility of Whippets. The Versatility’s scoring system ranks the success of each Whippet’s overall performance in comparison to the other Whippets competing. Participants do not have to be AWC members to enter the Versatility competition. 

After each event is completed, participating Whippets are ranked from first to last, based on the scores received (a higher score equates to a lower rank). Upon completion of all four events, each Whippet's four individual event rankings are averaged to produce a total final rank. The ranks of all participating Whippets are then ordered from first to last to determine placements. The Whippet with the final lowest rank (numerical ranking average) is the AWC Versatility Champion and is awarded the TJ Challenge Trophy and Calvin Trophy and is eligible to participate in future AWC Parades of Honor at National Specialties. Whippets ranked first through tenth place receive special awards and rosettes. 

Whippets competing in the Versatility competition must be eligible to compete in all Versatility events. Whippets with disqualifying faults as indicated in the AKC standard are not eligible to compete in lure coursing trials; therefore, they are not eligible for the Versatility competition. Whippets must complete all four events (agility, lure coursing, rally and conformation) to earn a final score and ranking. Spayed/neutered Whippets are eligible to compete. Whippets with ILP/PAL numbers are ineligible to compete. If a Whippet does not complete all four events, it will be disqualified from the Versatility competition (without entry refund). The criteria for evaluating whether your Whippet completed an event are based on AKC regulations. For lure coursing, see AKC Regulations for Lure Coursing Tests and Trials, Chapter IV, Sections 9-14. For rally, see AKC Rally Regulations, Chapter I, Sections 17- 19. The Whippet must also compete in the conformation competition. The Versatility competition is not an AKC titling event, but an AWC scoring/ranking event. A non-qualifying score in agility or rally does not eliminate your Whippet from the competition. Non-qualifying scores will be placed in order from high to low after all qualifying scores have been ranked.

NOTE: Whippets may participate in both the Triathlon and Versatility competitions. See AWC Triathlon Rules for details on the Triathlon competition.

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