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President's Message - June 2016

USDAA President Ken Tatsch's June 2016 message.


Thank you to everyone who attended the inaugural Title Mania® event earlier this month and for making it a success. It was great to see competitors from all different levels of competition on the podium throughout the weekend. Congratulations to everyone who made it to the box. It's a huge accomplishment and a testament to your consistency, versatility and accuracy as a team.

Title Mania was also the first canine competition to be designated an Olympic Day event. To honor the occasion, every competitor received an Olympic Day participation certificate. We also scheduled a photo that included both rally and agility competitors to send to the Olympic Day Committee.

There were many awards throughout the weekend, including Dog of the Year in Gamblers, Jumpers, Snooker and Standard. The Versatility Award recognized the top dog in each jump height by combining scores from three rounds of each class offered over the four-day event. You can see all the winners on the USDAA News pages for June.

As summer officially begins, our busy regional schedule continues with just over half of the regionals remaining in the tournament season. We're directing our efforts now to the planning of Cynosport this year in Scottsdale and also looking ahead to regional scheduling and Cynosport 2017.

Were also pleased to announce an amendment to the A-frame performance standards that take effect July 1, 2016. When the obstacle performance standards were first implemented, there was no way to anticipate the high degree of events scheduled each weekend and the number of performances encountered in a weekend competition. The new performance measures are:

This amendment requires no equipment modifications to our affiliated groups and is a simple adjustment to make. In the near future, discussions on all aspects of the collapsed tunnel and jump heights will begin.

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