Posted Date: December 23, 2010
The Dog Agility World Championships are available for purchase now in this professionally produced, three DVD set. By Brenna Fender
The 2010 Cynosport World Games, held October 15-17 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky, offered some of the best agility performances in the world. The finals event of that competition is now available on DVD for anyone who wants to relive it.
While previous Cynosport Games have been produced on DVD before, the Dog Agility Masters Tournament has never been included. This set includes the $10,000 Dog Agility Steeplechase Championships and the Grand Prix of Dog Agility World Championships on disc one, the Performance Grand Prix Championships, Performance Speed Jumping Championships, and Veteran's All-Around Showcase on disc two, and the Performance Versatility Pairs Championship Relay class and Dog Agility Masters Team Championship Relay class on the supplemental disc (disc three, provided in simple sleeve rather than the printed two-disc cardboard case that holds the first two).
Each disc has a menu that allows you to click directly on the event and height you would like to watch (the Veteran's Showcase is not broken down by height, but there are only nine competitors). Also included on the Grand Prix is a course walk through analysis done by internationally known competitor Julie Daniels, who, along with USDAA President Kenneth Tatsch, provide commentary for each class as well. Within each jump height, you can fast forward or return to the title menu at any time. The bonus DVD of the Pairs and Team relay classes also doesn't include a breakdown by height (those events have mixed heights running together), but it does include a nifty display of pair/team names and the handlers' and dogs' names before each run.
Most runs include the dog and handler's names both announced and printed on screen. The run time is displayed on the bottom corner of the screen for each run as well. Although the judge isn't visible in every shot, the word "fault" appears on screen when appropriate to let the viewer know when the judge signals an error. At the end of the each jump height, the top three placers are shown on the podium and the winner is interviewed by Julie Daniels. The last screen in jump height shows a list of the final placements, including handler name, dog name, and course times.
The camera angles and framing of the shots are ideal for competitors. This is no "Animal Planet" type of production (sorry Animal Planet, but your close-ups aren't great for handlers who want to really analyze what is going on). Competitors can easily see the course, the dog, and the handler at all times. It's honestly a better view than I had when I watched the event in person.
The camera footage and commentary both came directly from the live feed. Fortunately, the live production was excellent with few mistakes. If you watched the event live or on VOD, you have a pretty good idea of what these DVDs look like.
The purchase price for this set is quite reasonable ($40), and discounts are available. A $5 discount is offered if you are a USDAA data service subscriber or a purchaser of the video package live stream or on demand. If you are both a subscriber and purchaser of the live stream, discounts can be combined to get 25% off the suggested retail price for the set.
If you like watching agility on DVD, I think you'll be very happy with this production. You can purchase the DVD online exclusively through www.lightfootlivery.com, or by phone by calling the USDAA office at: (972) 487-2200 ext. #105 (the office is closed for the winter holidays from December 24 through January 2).