Posted Date: November 4, 2011
Changing regional weather patterns leads to shift in event dates.
USDAA has secured the week of September 26-30, 2012, for its 2012 Cynosport® championship event in Commerce City, Colorado. This is a change from the previously announced mid-October dates.
With erratic weather patterns moving across the country over the past few weeks, concern developed that weather might not be ideal for next year's championships. "By moving the event two weeks earlier, we feel much more comfortable about having good weather for the event, while still avoiding the summer embargo on flying dogs," says Andy Hartman, USDAA vice president.
Questions regarding breed specific legislation in the region have also been raised. Says USDAA president Kenneth Tatsch, "We are equally concerned about the application of breed specific legislation and its exemption provisions, but we have been assured that we can work within the confines of the exemption to ensure that all of our competitors have the opportunity to compete. We are now tasked with setting out specifics on how this will work."
Notably, this is the first canine event hosted at the sports complex in Commerce City. The acceptance of a dog event, combined with the exemption in the ordinance, opens the door to present dogs of all shapes and sizes in a favorable light through participation in recreational sports. Hotels in the area have also opened their doors without restriction. This is clearly an opportunity to make a statement to the community on how to promote responsible pet ownership.
With Cynosport® 2011 behind us, USDAA is now beginning to work with local authorities to document the application of the exemption provisions and will release more information once the process is complete. Because of slow government processes and the holiday season, this will likely be some time after the first of the year. Says Tatsch, "We are confident we can gain support of the community, and we are glad to be bringing the event to the heart of the Rocky Mountain region."
The Denver area provides good access to much of North America and overseas, and the sports complex is a flexible facility for an outdoor event, providing well-groomed natural turf as well as high quality artificial turf.
Hotel information for the 2012 USDAA Cynosport World Games will be posted by February.