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An Introduction to the 4th IFCS World Agility Championships

Learn about the WAC and the USDAA's team.


The 4th IFCS World Agility Championships (WAC) will be held at Ingelmuster, Belgium, from May 9-11, 2008. Check-in and warm-up will begin on May 8th.  The USDAA is gearing up to send a team of outstanding handlers and their dogs to this awesome event! 

This IFCS (International Federation of Cynological Sports) event promotes nondiscriminatory practices, the betterment of the sport, and the association of competitors among nations.  It is held every two years in different locations around the world. The WAC features standard agility, jumping, gamblers, snooker, and relay, both in individual and team competitions. 

Each team can have a maximum of 12 members with no more than three competitors per jump height. 

Official IFCS height breakdowns are as follows:
Toy - 30 cm (11.81 in) and under, jumps 30 cm
Mini - 40 cm (15.75 in) and under, jumps 40 cm
Midi - 50 cm (19.69 in) and under, jumps 55 cm
Maxi - Over 50 cm (19.70 in) jumps 65 cm

The USDAA selected its team members based on a compilation of the points earned by hopefuls from their first three Regionals (Grand Prix Finals, Steeplechase Finals, and each Team Class) as well as from the 2007 Cynosport World Games (Grand Prix Semifinals and Finals, Steeplechase Semifinals and Finals, and each Team class).  Such information was calculated for those competitors who submitted Intent To Compete forms by the September 21st deadline.  Additional criteria for selection includes details like citizenship/permanent residency status, proper travel documentation, and so on.

The previously announced team members are:

In the toy height class, returning champions Mike Murphy with Bailey (JRT) and Kimberly Sisak with Devo (PAP) are joined by returning handler Dana Pike with her "new" dog, Tangle (XB).

Newcomers to this competition and representing the mini height class are Elizabeth Evans with Hemi (PYR), Suzi Cope with Jib (MPOO) and Suzanne Wesley with Sonic (MPOO).

Returning champions in the midi jump height are Mary Ellen Barry with Fizz (BC) and Kate Moureaux with Driven (BC) who will be joined by Anne Andrle with Ski (BC).

Rounding out the team in the maxi jump height are Rachel Sanders with Fable (BC), Stuart Mah with Qwik (BC) - returning champions - and Lisa Bowers with Slick (BC).

Joining the team are coach Stacy Peardot-Goudy, and team manager Janet Gauntt.

Team USA has won three past team gold medals and has been the leader in the medal count each event dating back to the inaugural event in Moscow back in 2002.  Team USA is eyeing their fourth Team gold amidst a growing, competitive international community. 

Help Team USA in their quest for the gold by visiting the USDAA Online Store. Sponsorship packages, a lapel pin, and DVDs are now being sold in support of Team USA to help fund their travel to Belgium.

In the weeks leading up to the IFCS event, we'll be looking at different aspects of this exciting competition.  We'll learn about the judges, get to know the USDAA team better, and we'll learn a bit about some of the other countries' teams as well.  Subscribers can check back tomorrow for the next article in the IFCS series - a look at Team Japan! 

Brenna Fender is the editor for the USDAA's subscriber services portion of the website.  She is also a freelance writer, wife, and parent of two dogs and two children.  Please contact Brenna at BrennaFender@gmail.com with comments, questions, or submissions.

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