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Thursday at the Cynosport World Games

The day's wrap-up.


By Brenna Fender, Clean Run

One of the only grassy places in Scottsdale, Arizona is WestWorld, an approximately 120 acre equestrian center and special events facility that for five days is the home to the USDAA World Cynosport Games. White tents and blue and yellow ring flagging decorate the green grass. Competitors laugh and greet each other, cheering for good runs and having a great time.

More than 35 vendors allow competitors to buy a wide variety of items, from food for dogs and humans to training supplies, clothes, shoes, toys, crates, and even the services of photographers, massage therapists, and an animal communicator. One vendor displays a sign that says, "Your husband called -- He said 'Buy anything you want.'"

The site is rimmed by mountains and is brimming with activity. Border Collies are everywhere, but so are lots of other breeds and mixes. Competitors speak not only English but also Spanish, Japanese, and other tongues. Dock Dogs have been diving all day, despite decreasing temperatures and overcast skies.

The stage is set for tomorrow's events. The Grand Prix of Dog Agility and Performance National Standard Quarterfinals, Team and Versatility Pairs Standard, and Power and Speed all begin tomorrow morning, and the Veterans Grand Prix Semifinals are slated for the afternoon.

Dock Dogs, the Ashley Whippet Invitational, Flying Disc, Flyball, Rally-O, Herding, Course-a-Lure (a combination of lure coursing and agility), Doggie-Do-Right (a behavior test and introduction to agility), Small Breed Racing, and Small Breed Go-To-Ground are all scheduled to take place tomorrow.

Tomorrow's weather is predicted to have a high of 73 degrees and a low of 50 degrees with a 30% chance of rain.

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