Posted Date: October 27, 2015
Please welcome Cheryl and Ron Pitkin into the USDAA Hall of Fame as Pioneers of Dog Agility!
In the early
1990s, Cheryl Pitkin enrolled her young Rottweiler in an obedience class with
accomplished competitor, trainer and author Julie Daniels. During class, she met Brenda Buja. After a few sessions together,
the three of them started talking about this new sport of dog agility and
wondered how to get involved.
discussions lead Cheryl, Julie and Brenda to start regular dog agility training
sessions with Jean McKenzie at Mount Ida College in Massachusetts. Jean literally
had the only set of agility equipment in the northeast.(Jean was recognized by USDAA as a Pioneer of Dog Agility in 1997 for her work in New England.)
months later, a phone call to USDAA President Kenneth Tatsch led to Cheryl
becoming one of the founding members of NEAT New England Agility Team and a
member of the USDAA-Pedigree® demonstration team.
and her husband Ron were instrumental in bringing agility to the New England
area and getting the general public educated and involved in USDAA and the
sport of dog agility. In the 1990s, Cheryl would perform at numerous equestrian
events across the country as part of USDAAs national demonstration team
sponsored by Pedigree® brand food for dogs, and she became a USDAA judge.
a huge supporter of several groups in New England and was supplier of agility
equipment throughout the region. He frequently volunteered to build and deliver
equipment to local shows and all along the east coast. He was also known for
doing the unexpected, like delivering a locker full of lobsters from New
Hampshire to the 1995 Grand Prix Championships staff in San Antonio, Texas,
which was served up in style by the chief chef at the Marriott Riverwalk Hotel,
host hotel for the event.
their daughter Julie helped promote dog agility a few years later. At the age
of five, Julie ran one of the family's Rottweiler before a packed house in the
Junior Handler event at the 1995 championships. It was such an amazing run, it
brought down the house as the audience saw this young, petite girl controlling a
massive dog through a course!
popularity of dog agility is where it is today because of people like Ron and
Cheryl Pitkin, whose love, enthusiasm and commitment to promoting dog agility and
USDAA to the public contributed to the growth, evolution, and excellence that
those in the sport enjoy today.
way from New Hampshire, please welcome Cheryl and Ron Pitkin into the USDAA
Hall of Fame as Pioneers of Dog Agility!