In the UKC shows I've been to there has been only ONE poodle in a continental. Most still look like puppy clips and a few with very little hair. Also, very few solids, I can count them on one hand but a lot of Partis, most Partis/few mismarks competing for GRCH.Ok I will admit right off the bat that I am out of the loop on showing for over 5 years. But as far as I know the Sport clip is allowed by the AKC in the show ring by already CH, stud , bitch and kennel classes. Ofcourse puppies are in puppy coat then it goes to contenietal or engish saddle till after they make CH.
In the UKC which is mostly owner handle it is the same.