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Talking with...Janelle Julyan

The fourth 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, Suzanne Wesley and Sonic, and coach Stacy Peardot-Goudy. To celebrate our team, we'll be doing periodic interviews with team members.

Janelle Julyan and her Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Eve, live in Chamblee, Georgia, where Janelle is a paralegal. Agility is the main sport in the Julyan household, although Janelle has dabbled in herding, obedience, and disc dog. Before agility, Janelle was an avid horseback rider. She enjoys hiking when she's not on the agility course.

Brenna Fender (BF): How did your family and friends react to your making the IFCS team?

Janelle Julyan (JJ): Some were impressed but most were just really excited for me.

BF: Will a friend or family member travel with you to the event?

JJ: My Mom and I are traveling together and my Dad will also be there for the competition.  They take turns visiting my dogs when I'm at work so they are both an important part of Eve's life.  I've even convinced them to throw the Frisbee for her when they visit to help with her conditioning.

BF: How tough did you find the qualification process to become a team member? 

JJ: It was a bit nerve-racking worrying about needing to go for placements and get through so many clean runs at so many trials but I actually really enjoyed the challenge.  I think the experience will really help us at the championships.

BF: What is your goal for this year's event? 

JJ: Primarily, my goal is to be able to analyze the course challenges that we are presented with and be able to come up with handling strategies to get Eve through the courses efficiently.  I really want to enjoy my dog and the teamwork that we share.

BF: How would you describe your emotions as the event draws closer?

JJ: Probably (1) excited and (2) focused.  I'm excited about the prospect of having such a neat vacation experience with my dog and developing friendships with other team members.  I'm getting focused on the skills we need to work on to get us where we need to be.

BF: What is your greatest concern about the trip to the UK for the event?

JJ: The travel and paperwork, of course!  I think the whole team will feel much relief when we have arrived safely and our dogs have gotten through animal reception.

BF: What do you think will be the most difficult part of the competition itself?

JJ: Since I've never attended the IFCS championships, I'm most concerned about the schedule and figuring out a game plan to get where I need to be but still keep up with our normal warm up and focus routines.

BF: What do you expect to be fairly easy or smooth? 

JJ: I'm looking forward to meeting up with the team and figuring out ways to support each other.  I think we will be able to help each other out a lot.

BF: Any other comments? 

JJ: Thanks to everyone who has offered support and encouragement.  We will do our best to represent US agility well.

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 with comments, questions, or submissions.

Photo courtesy of Dee Anna Gamel.


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