Posted Date: May 12, 2010
The last in our 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've been doing periodic interviews with team members.
Stacy Peardot-Goudy is a full-time dog trainer from LaPorte, Colorado, where she also enjoys hiking and horseback riding. Stacy and husband Geoff are parents to Nick, age 21, and Alex, age 19. Stacy first coached the USDAA/IFCS World Team in 2008, so this year she is a coaching veteran.
Brenna Fender (BF): How did you get involved with coaching the IFCS team?
Stacy Peardot-Goudy (SP): I have been a team member since the very first IFCS event and since I did not have a dog at the right age to try out for the team in 2008, I expressed an interest in coaching so that I could stay involved. I also felt that my years of experience on this team as well as in the sport of agility would be beneficial to the incoming team.
BF: What is your goal for the team for this year's event?
SP: My goal is to see each team member do the very best that they can and to enjoy themselves in the process! Of course, gravy would be truckloads of gold medals!
BF: How would you describe your emotions as the event draws closer?
SP: Since I am coaching and not running, I would say that my emotions are primarily excitement with a dash of nerves for the competitors.
BF: What is your greatest concern about the trip to the UK for the event?
SP: I just want everyone to get there without any problems and hope for no issues flying the dog overseas; this is always the biggest concern!
BF: What do you think will be the most difficult part of the competition itself?
SP: Nerves! I think people have a tendency to underestimate just how different this level of competition is and how much more nervous you get. If everyone maintains a very positive attitude and remembers that they are there because they earned a spot and are all gold medal contenders it will go a long way in creating the outcome we desire.
BF: What do you expect to be fairly easy or smooth?
SP: All of it! These are great people with great dogs and it is going to be a breeze.
BF: What do you think are the team's strong points?
SP: This year's team consists of mostly mature dogs that have had a lot of competition experience as well as handlers that have had a lot of competition experience. The dog and handler teams know each other well and are well-oiled machines!
BF: What are their weak points in terms of this competition and how are you all strengthening those areas?
SP: Honestly, I am not sure that there are weak points, and if there are, I am sure each individual is honing in on those and working to strengthen them.
BF: What kinds of things is the team doing to prepare for the event?
SP: Each team member has established her own training regimen and has prepared a schedule of training that works best for her.
BF: Any other comments?
SP: I am very excited, proud, and honored to be coaching the 2010 IFCS World Championship team. We are gonna be awesome!
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.
Photo by Nick Goudy.