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IFCS CCOE Team Member of the Day: Dudley Fontaine

Meet another member of the US 2013 IFCS Continental Championships of Europe team!

The 2013 IFCS Continental Championships of Europe, which will be held near Gerona, Spain, are coming soon. The event begins on April 4th! To help us all get ready for this exciting inaugural event, we are featuring each of our team members here on The team member of the day is Dudley Fontaine!

Dudley lives in Advance, North Carolina, with fellow team member Greg Fontaine. Dudley will be on the midi team in Spain with her six-year-old Border Collie, Sweet. Dudley also made the maxi team with her five-year-old BC, Jack, but has pulled him from the competition due to a pulled muscle. We asked Dudley a few questions about her experiences in agility and her plans for the upcoming event.

Dudley and Sweet on course at last year's IFCS World Agility Championships. Photo courtesy of Lynne Brubaker.

What (if anything) are you doing to prepare for the CCOE event? 

In order to be our best for the event, my husband and fellow teammate Greg and I concentrate on fitness and balanced training for Sweet, Jack, Spice, and ourselves. We hosted a team practice in February for members of both the 2013 IFCS team and the 2013 WAO team. That was loads of fun and everyone really helped each other, doing everything from setting courses to watching and offering constructive criticism. We scout the judges and look for common themes in their courses. We balance training international challenges with keeping foundation skills strong and consistent. 

How did you feel when you found out that you made the team? 

I am very happy and grateful to make the team with both Sweet and Jack and absolutely OVER THE MOON to have Greg and Spice make it too! While it is always an honor to make a team, it is even more special doing so with both of us together!

What strengths do you think you and your dogs bring to the team (particularly on international courses)?

I can run pretty fast and my dogs like running with me. This can be a big plus on technical international courses alot of the time.

You've competed in other international events in the past few years. What were they?

2010 IFCS Clevedon, UK: Maverick on the team and Sweet as alternate (I busted my elbow in round one... boo!). 2011 World Agility Open (WAO) also in Clevedon, UK: that time, Sweet was on the team (and won a silver medal!) and Maverick was an alternate. 2012 WAO in Neeroeteren, Belgium: Sweet on the team, Maverick again as alternate. 2012 IFCS in Ft. Worth, Texas: both Maverick and Sweet were on the team. Maverick got silver and bronze medals. 2013 IFCS Continental Championships of Europe in Gerona, Spain: Sweet and Jack on the team. [Editor's note: Jack will not compete on the team due to an injury that occurred after this interview.] 2013 IFCS Continental Championships of the Americas in Ft. Worth, Texas: Jack and Sweet are attending. 2013 WAO in Oviedo Spain: Jack is on the team, Sweet is alternate.

Are you planning to do any sightseeing or other activities while you are in Europe for the event?

We aren't in Spain very long before/after the event.  I have my puppy Bird at home that I will miss LIKE CRAZY! We also have a fairly hectic show schedule between mid-March through July so we want to spend some time at home on our farm. 

Any other comments? 

I am delighted, excited and thankful to have this opportunity. Go Team USA!

Dudley and Jack on course. Photo courtesy of Furry Fotography.


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