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We are United States Dog Agility Association, Inc. (USDAA), the world's largest independent authority for the sport of dog agility, with more than 25,000 registered competitors and more than 200 different breeds of dogs, including mix breeds. USDAA represents more than 150 affiliated groups conducting more than 600 days of events each year throughout the continental United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and Japan.

Organized in 1986 to introduce and "Promote International Standards for Dog AgilitySM" patterned after the British standards for the sport, USDAA has evolved into an international organization with the most comprehensive and diverse certification program for dog agility anywhere in the world. USDAA is a producer of three international tournament series - USDAA's Grand Prix of Dog Agility® World Championships, now in its 17th year, the $10,000 Dog Agility Steeplechase®, and the Dog Agility Masters® Three-Dog Team Championship. Each has enjoyed national television coverage in recent years, with the "Grand Prix" being the longest running tournament series in the western hemisphere and one of the most prestigious tournaments in the sport. The Grand Prix has drawn competitors from more than a dozen countries on four continents.

As evidence of the pioneering spirit and leadership role of USDAA and its supporters, we count among our accomplishments -

  • Introduction of the sport to North America in its international form (1986)
  • First organization in the world to separate competition into four jumping height divisions, fostering participation among competitors with virtually all sizes of dogs
  • First officially sanctioned event in the United States and North America (1986)
  • Introduction of the first competitive tournament series in North America - the "Grand Prix of Dog Agility®" (1988)
  • Introduction of the first certification tests in the world in five distinctive classes of competition (1990)
  • First U.S. canine sports authority to field teams in "world" competition (FCI World Dog Show, Germany, 1991)
  • First championship tournament series on a major national television network when the USDAA Grand Prix of Dog Agility® Championships was telecast on Animal Planet (1999)

USDAA has continued its innovative ways into the 21st century and maintains an active leadership role by "Promoting Competitive Excellence in Dog AgilitySM".

In 2001 USDAA set out to further its programs through international alliances by becoming a charter member in the International Federation of Cynological Sports (IFCS), a nonprofit organization headquartered in Russia whose principal purpose is to organize cynological sports world wide after the "Olympic Ideal", promoting sport as a means of educational exchange and interaction of competitors among nations in amateur sport on a nondiscriminatory basis. Through IFCS and efforts of its own, USDAA has established affiliations in more than a fifteen countries on six continents. With its new alliances, USDAA continues to grow its list of noteworthy accomplishments -

  • Conduct the first World Championship to held in the western hemisphere, when eleven countries on five continents participated in the Grand Prix of Dog Agility® Championships (2001)
  • USDAA team brought home the Team Gold Medal from the First IFCS World Agility Championships (Moscow, 2002)
  • Introduction of the first Cynosport� World Games, bringing together a variety of disciplines governed by independent canine sports organizations for Flyball, Flying Disc and Canine Freestyle, as well as the introduction to North America of "Summer Combined Competition", a paramilitary sport from Eastern Europe (Dallas, Texas, 2003)
  • First dog agility event to be filmed and telecast in "High Definition" format, with the 2003 Grand Prix of Dog Agility World Championships
  • USDAA team brought home the Team Gold Medal and numerous individual medals from the second IFCS World Agility Championships (Spain, 2004)

With its high competitive spirit and unsurpassed caliber of competition, USDAA continues to offer the best events in dog agility for competitors, spectators and sponsors alike. We continue to strive for the betterment of the sport by maintaining the highest performance standards as measured by the international community of which USDAA is part. In that vein, USDAA's goal is to develop the sport first and foremost as an athletic, spectator event, and to promote the sport in the community as a recreational, family sport, fostering responsible pet ownership.

For more information about United States Dog Agility Association, Inc., contact:

Kenneth Tatsch - President and USDAA Founder – 972.487.2200

or

Heather Smith - Public Relations & Communications – 972.487.2200

United States Dog Agility Association, Inc.
PO Box 850955
Richardson, TX 75085-0955
Telephone: 972.487.2200
Fax: 972.272.4404



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