Posted Date: April 8, 2010
The third in a series of interviews with USDAA IFCS World Agility Championship team members. By Brenna Fender
The 2010 World Agility Championships are fast approaching. USDAA will send a terrific team to Clevedon, North Sommerset in the United Kingdom for the event that runs from May 14-16 at the Hand Equestrian Centre. Team members include Angie Benacquisto with Duncan and Dylan, Daneen Fox and Masher, Janelle Julyan and Eve, Rhonda Koeske and Tack, Elise Lynch and Ting, Kate Moureaux and Driven, Stephanie Spyr and Rage, Rosanne DeMascio and Drifter, Dudley Fontaine and Maverick, Ann Zarr and Skylar, Elizabeth Evans and Hemi, and coach Stacy Peardot-Goudy. To celebrate our team, we'll be doing periodic interviews with team members.
Dudley Fontaine lives in Advance, North Carolina where she has participated in hunt test training and obedience with her Standard Poodles. In addition to agility, Fontaine is planning a future as a therapy dog for her Border Collie and IFCS World Team partner, Maverick. "A few years ago, I did therapy dog work at a physical rehabilitation center with one of my Standard Poodles and really enjoyed it. I think Maverick would be quite good as a therapy dog and I miss doing that."
Brenna Fender (BF): What was your family's and friends' reaction to your making the IFCS team?
Dudley Fontaine (DF) My family started buying plane tickets. My friends have all been very, very happy for us. It's amazing how many nice people do agility.
BF: Will a friend or family member travel with you to the event?
DF: My husband, training partner and best friend Greg is coming with us, also some of my family, my mom, my dad, my brother, and his wife.
BF: How tough did you find the qualification process to become a team member?
DF: The travel part of the qualification process was definitely tough. We did a lot of traveling; our 4 Stars and Regionals were in North Carolina, Illinois, Georgia, Texas, and of course the Finals in Arizona. The positive side of all that travel was that we got to see lots of talented dogs and handlers we don't usually get to see.
BF: What is your goal for this year's event?
DF: My goal is to enjoy the trial and leave it knowing we did our absolute best.
BF: How would you describe your emotions as the event draws closer?
DF: I am excited, no two ways about it!
BF: What is your greatest concern about the trip to the UK for the event?
DF: My greatest concern is having all the paperwork in order for Maverick's arrival at UK Customs.
BF: What do you think will be the most difficult part of the competition itself?
DF: That's easy. The travel arrangements are by far the most difficult part of this competition for me!
BF: What do you expect to be fairly easy or smooth?
DF: Actually, going to the line and running the courses will be the easiest part. That doesn't mean I think the courses and competition will be easy; I know they will be very challenging! But being in the ring doing it, absolutely going for it, that will be easy. It's what we love to do. Maverick is an amazing athlete and I want him to shine.
BF: Any other comments?
DF: I am very grateful for this opportunity. It's a real thrill to be invited onto the team. We will do our very, very best to be deserving.
Photo courtesy of Tien Tran Photography.
Brenna Fender is the editor for the USDAA's subscriber services portion of the website. She is also a freelance writer, wife, and parent of two dogs and two children. Please contact Brenna at Bfender@usdaa.com with comments, questions, or submissions.