Posted Date: June 25, 2015
Coleen Hawker from Wasatch Agility was inducted into the Hall of Fame at the Rocky Mountain Regional.
For more than 15 years, Coleen Hawker and her husband Kevin have been making quality agility equipment and been the driving force behind Wasatch Agility, the only group in Salt Lake City, UT to host USDAA trials.
Not only do they hold three USDAA trials a year, they also host the Rocky Mountain Regional every few years. Coleen also offers a few one-day agility trials catering specifically to Starters and Advanced competitors. This is a great way to attract new competitors to the sport locally and also earn Qs for new dogs without having to drive five to eight hours to compete.
Without Coleen supplying the equipment and organizing and running the trials, USDAA would not be as healthy as it is in the state of Utah.Any profit made from shows is put back into enhancing and improving their equipment.
What makes Coleen stand out for USDAA is the fact that she has not competed in agility in years because she's too busy being one of the top competitors in herding competitions. Yet, she still finds time to host numerous USDAA trials throughout the year.
Coleen is also known for her generosity. A tradition at the Wasatch annual June trial is for her family to host the most incredible and delicious BBQ for every competitor, free of charge. It's just one of the ways Coleen thanks all the volunteers who work tirelessly to make sure the shows run smoothly.
At this year's Rocky Mountain Regional, several of Coleen's friends and supporters planned a huge surprise for her. They submitted a nomination to induct her into USDAAs Hall of Fame for starting, organizing and continuing to grow USDAA agility in Salt Lake City and the state of Utah.
Since Coleen would likely not attend a Cynosport event where Hall of Fame inductees are usually honored, it was decided to induct her at the Regional instead.
A special Facebook page was created to plan and organize the surprise. Suggestions for gifts, donations and all arrangements were completed on this page.
During one of the course changes on Friday, June 19th, more than 200 competitors gathered around to surprise Coleen with her award. USDAA President, Ken Tatsch attended to officially induct Coleen into the Hall of Fame.
Coleen originally thought this was just a way to recognize her in general, but the look on her face when she was awarded the Meritorious Service Award and inducted into USDAAs Hall of Fame was priceless. She was truly surprised and honored.
Coleen later said, "Of all of my accomplishments in dog agility and dog sports in general, being recognized by my friends and peers is the greatest honor I've ever received."
Congratulations to Coleen Hawker! Thank you for dedicating countless hours to USDAA agility in the state of Utah. You've made a significant difference to the sport not only to competitors in Utah, but throughout the country.
Note if you'd like to submit a nomination for USDAAs Hall of Fame, the deadline is Sept. 1st. All details are on the Hall of Fame nomination form.