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Steeplechase Quarterfinals Comments

DogSport Magazine editor Anne Douglas talks to competitors about yesterday's course.

This year's Steeplechase Quarterfinals had the speed of an average Steeplechase, with some added technical challenges. That's the impression of Bridget McKnight of Mount Airy, Maryland, as she ran her Border Collie, Kestrel. "It was a very technical course," says McKnight. "They typically don't have as many technical challenges in Steeplechase but this one was tough."

Kestrel ran in the heat of the day - early afternoon - and knocked a bar, but still managed to advance to the Semifinals.

Kris Seiter, of Wappingers Falls, New York, and her dog ran first thing in the morning. "He was fresh and ready to work which was good because the course ran fast. A fast course can take out the best dogs because you can off-course quickly."   Seiter's strategy was to keep her dog under control. "I made him stop on the A-frame contact and held him, then released him."

Anne Douglas is the editor of DogSport Magazine( and can be reached at


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