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Blooming Obedience Training Club's Fall Junior Agility League Report

Handlers with a wide variety of breeds had a great time learning about agility at BOTC's Fall Junior Agility League. By Leona Hellesvig


One of the things I like the most about our Junior Agility League is that we see so many breeds of dogs represented, and not just the breeds one would encounter at an average agility trial. I just went through the list of breeds over the years. We have had 13 mixed breeds (three were Australian Shepherd mixes, three were the ever popular designer dog "breeds," and three were lab mixes), seven Golden Retrievers, six Shetland Sheepdogs, four Australian Shepherds, four Labrador Retrievers, three Basset Hounds, three Border Collies, three Cocker Spaniels, three Rat Terriers, two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, two German Shepherds, two Standard Poodles, and one each of Boston Terrier, Australian Cattle Dog, Australian Kelpie, Beagle, Bernese Mountain Dog, Border Terrier, Field Spaniel, Great Dane, Havanese, Hovawart, Lowchin, Miniature Australian Shepherd, Miniature Long Haired Dachshund, Miniature Poodle, Papillion, Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Portuguese Water Dog, Schnauzer, Siberian Husky, West Highland White Terrier, and a Viszla. Some of these dogs participated in league when it first began, before USDAA had a league sanctioning program. 

It is so fun when you can give the league Most Valuable Player award to a breed that doesnt usually get much press in the agility community! The overall highest cumulative score at BOTC's Junior Handler Agility League that ran from October to December 2012, was Faith, the Great Dane, and her handler, Auna Fleischhacker. Our second placing dog was a Havanese, another breed not so often seen in the agility ring. In continuing our trend of unusual breeds succeeding in the league, our most advanced dog in the league (running Masters) was a Beagle. 

I am hoping you enjoy some of the photos and courses from our past league term.  Here are the final placements for the past term:

1. Auna Fleischhacker and Faith, Great Dane, Elementary level  100 points.
2. Alexandra Edwards and Windy, Havanese, Elementary level  85 points.
3. Vanessa Taylor and Frodo, Lab mix, Intermediate (does not have registration number, so cannot be credited with winning the Intermediate division, officially)  83 points.
4. Gabriella Sundberg and Ivy, mixed breed, Elementary  70 points.
5. Vanessa Taylor and Bilbo, Beagle, Masters  68 points.
6. Connor Petit and Sadie, Cocker Spaniel, Advanced  63 points.
7. Kimmie Gallotti and Tryker, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Elementary  55 points.
8. Holly Hepp and Gracie, Miniature Poodle, Senior  47 points.
9. Holly Hepp and Jack, Papillion mix, Intermediate  42 points.
10. Kelsy Skille and Daisy, Puggle, Beginner (does not have registration number, so cannot be credited)  36 points.
11. Nicole Lemke and Cody, Golden Retriever, Senior  12 points.
12. Nicole Lemke and Gunner, Labrador Retriever, Senior  6 points.


Nicole Lemke gets an award from Leona Hellesvig at the BOTC end-of-league potluck dinner.Vanessa Taylor and Frodo the Lab on the table with Karl Johnson judging.

Back in November, to celebrate Thanksgiving, league competitors played the Turkey game and had to wear either a turkey hat or a scarecrow hat while running the course. Kimmie Galloti modelled the turkey hat while posing with Tryker the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

Some of the courses from league week 5:

Leona Hellesvig has been engaged in dog sports since toddlerhood. She is very involved with junior handlers and 4-H in Minnesota. When not participating in dog activities, Leona is an elementary school music teacher.

Photos by author.

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