Posted Date: July 5, 2012
Helen McNenly reports on this fun and successful event.
We had gorgeous weather for Keystone Agility Club's June 15-17 USDAA trial! Really perfect& of course, we were indoors! Up until this June, the trial has been held outdoors and has been either really hot or a combination of hot and wet. This time the temperatures and humidity were moderate.
The trial was held at Orchard Hills Training Center in Barto, Pennsylvania, and was Keystone's first time using both buildings. Both rings are covered in Sprinturf and are only a short distance apart. We used walkie talkies to try to communicate when walk throughs were starting in each building.
We also had a test of some new equipment in the Masters ring by Launch the Dog from England. Surfaces are rubber, however, the A-frame, dogwalk, and teeter are constructed from polymer plastic which made them lighter to move during course changes. One very noticeable difference was how quiet these contacts were, even quieter than the now normal rubberized aluminum contacts! My own dog really perks up (understatement!) at the sound of the teeter, but he barely heard it while waiting for his turn in our pairs run.
Our judges were Blake Stafford and Shelley Permann. They both gave us some truly fun courses to run. Judging from the very long list of titles earned, the dogs really found them to be fun and flowing!
Pippy & Quina Nelling Starters Performance Relay
Caper & Cozette McGuire Starters Performance Relay
Karma & Lauren Blackson Starters Relay
Patia & Marcy Levine Starters Jumper
Phoenix & Tara White Starters Performance Jumper
Austin & Pam Johnson Starters Performance Gambler, Starters Performance Snooker
Barty & Sandra Neiman Starters Performance Relay
Tucker & Jen Kurian Starters Performance Relay, Starters Performance Standard, Perf. Dog
Sophie & Melissa Smey Starters Performance Relay
Razz & Pam Wataha Starters Relay
Austin & Marilyn Bradley Starters Performance Jumper
Sunny & Joan Whitely Starters Performance Jumper, Starters Performance Snooker, Starters Performance Standard, Performance Dog
Victory & Jan Thomas Starters Jumper
Sin & Michele Torok Starters Standard Agility, Agility Dog
Gemma & Michelle Mamardlo Agility Dog
Raven & Diann Gastley Agility Dog
Layla & Nancy Cush Agility Dog
Oliver & Karen Wagner Advanced Performance Standard, Advanced Performance Dog
Pippy & Quina Nelling Advanced Performance Snooker
Maggie & Pat Terray-Schaeffer Advanced Performance Snooker
Holly & Vincent Madeiros Advanced Performance Jumper
Austin & Pam Johnson Advanced Performance Jumper
Rico & Pat Gavet Advanced Jumper
Envy & Kelly Muller Advanced Standard Agility, Advanced Agility Dog
Hatch & Kathy Butler Advanced Relay, Advanced Snooker
Sin & Michele Torok Advanced Jumper
Nakoma & Becky Anderson Advanced Snooker
Slick & Sue Iobst Advanced Performance Dog
Shai & Barbara Silverstein Advanced Jumper
Bossman & Lillian Russell Advanced Agility Dog
Myles & Anita Weiss Advanced Performance Dog
Razza & Ann Fake Advanced Agility Dog
Roc & Linda Lazar Relay Master
Lucy & Martie Gurney Veteran Jumper
Breeze & Erica Nicholson Jumper Master
Flash & Sandy Costello Relay Master
Katie & Sandi Shilling-Daniels Performance Relay Master
Whoopie & Jeannette Hutchison Relay Master
Frenzi & Linda Womer Tournament Master
Alex & Maryellen Miller Master Performance Dog
Sony & Judy Reilly Performance Snooker Master
Talos & Devora Locke Master Agility Dog
Champion and Metallic Titles:
Whoopie & Jeannette Hutchison Agility Dog Champion
Figment & Alaina Axford-Moore Agility Dog Champion
Logan & Mary Arose Performance Gamblers Champion
Blaze & Helen McNenly Relay Champion
Ripley & Heather Kolesa Gamblers Champion, Jumper Champion-Bronze
Sonic & Linda Womer Snooker Champion, Gambers Champion, Jumper Champion-Bronze
Idgie & Terry Herman Agility Dog Champion-Bronze, Lifetime Achievement Award-Bronze, Jumper Champion-Bronze
Reddi & Diann Gastley Snooker Champion-Bronze
Dasher & Ivette White Lifetime Achievement Award-Bronze
Dandy & Linda Husson Tournament Master-Gold
Rumble & Jeannette Hutchison Lifetime Achievement Award-Gold
Paiva & Sally Josselyn Snooker Champion-Platinum
Congratulations to all!
Keystone also hosted some fun runs after the trial was over for the Bruiser Canine Cancer fund. Older dogs could run the jumpers course at lower heights or with jump bars on the ground and younger dogs got a chance at a simple course or people could run the course themselves in honor of dogs that had already passed. Over $600 was raised for canine cancer research!
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Helen McNenly has been involved in agility since November 1997 when she started lessons at Keystone Agility Club with her 7-and-a-half-year-old mixed breed dog, Princess. Her 12-and-a-half-year-old rescue Border Collie, Luce, who earned her APD in May of 2009, is now enjoying retirement and comes out to trials to visit with her friends and mooch treats. She currently competes with Blaze, a 6-year-old rescue Border Collie mix who earned his MAD in March 2012. Helen started as a USDAA trial secretary in February 2006 and now represents a number of clubs in the Mid Atlantic area. She was the trial secretary for the 2011 Cynosport World Games and will be repeating the job for 2012. Her website is www.dognutmom.com.