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2014 IFCS World Agility Championships Team USA Team Practice

Team coach Rachel Sanders shares details from the team's first practice. 

The 2014 IFCS World Agility Championships Team USA had their first team practice on Monday, March 31st. The team is made up of 12" team members Andy Mueller and Crackers, Daneen Fox and Masher, Ivette White and Zip, Monique Plinck and Tiki, Linda Womer and Sonic, Mike Padgett and Kona (Alternate); 16" team members Stacy Bols and Krusher, Maureen Waldron and Michael, Jenn Crank and Kaboo, Jennifer Thomas and Rodeo, and Giuliana Lund and Zuri; 22" team members Mary Ellen Barry and Maizy, Paulena-Renee Simpson and Graphite, Jeannette Hutchison and Rumble, Kate Moureaux and Smart, and Stacy Peardot-Goudy and Sobe; and 26" team members Lori Michaels and Solei, Desiree Snelleman and Pace, Terry Smorch and Presto, Ashley Anderson and Psi, Jenn Crank and Sonic, and Jamie Herren and Zip (Alternate).

Many thanks to Beverly Melcher, owner of Orchard Hills Training Center in Barto, Pennsylvania, for donating the use her fantastic training facility for the day. Also, thanks to Mary Ellen Barry and Kinetic Dog for buying us all lunch and a special thank you to Susan Crank, Kathy Morgan, Debbie West, and Garison Miseje, who helped out with course building and general ring help. 

This year, the practice was not mandatory, but over half the team was able to come and participate. Some of them unfortunately aren't pictured, but we were happy they were there!

The team poses together. Back row: Monique Plinck, Mary Ellen Barry, Jeannette Hutchison, Jennifer Thomas, Linda Womer, Kathy Morgan, Maureen Waldron, Beverly Melcher, and coach Rachel Sanders. Front row: Kate Moureaux, Jenn Crank, Jamie Herren, and Ashley Anderson.

Team members make plans...

And then walk the course!

Here are two of the exercises the team practiced on:

The team worked on a few gambles, and ran Jumpers and Standard courses from this year's IFCS judges. It was a super opportunity for all of us to get to know each other a little better. It also gave me the chance to watch everyone's handling styles and handling choices in a relaxed environment prior to heading out to the Netherlands.

Photos courtesy of Rachel Sanders.


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