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Spring Festival Kicks Off in Myrtle Beach

Team tournament qualifier and Performance Versatility Pairs concluded on Friday Ahead of Schedule

The Spring Festival opened with its Dog Agility Masters? Team qualifier and Performance Versatility Pairs (team equivalent for Performance Program) competition. The first round of the Steeplechase qualifier was also conducted.

Enjoying beautiful weather throughout the day, the threat of looming thunderstorms reported in the western part of the state prompted revision of the day's schedule to continue the event into the evening under stadium lights as a measure of caution to build cushion into Saturday's schedule should rain delays be necessary. The Team Three-Dog Relay and Versatility Pairs rounds were conducted in the evening, concluding the test of endurance from the five rounds of competition for competitors and volunteers alike.

Notable among the winners was the first all mini-dog team in the tournament over the past several years. Being asked how they did it, they responded, "It was matter of avoiding eliminations and running solid." This response echoed sentiments expressed years ago by national team champions "The Little Rascals", who won the national event three times in its history.

The Performance Program equivalent to the Team tournament offered at the event was in a two-dog (Pairs) format, titled Performance Versatility Pairs. Rosie Sutherland and her Veteran dog Tod, pairing with Sally Josselyn and Panda captured the win. The Spring Festival of Dog Agility? resumes on Saturday with USDAA titling classes,with the day to conclude with Dog Agility Steeplechase final round.

Taking top honors among forty-two teams in the Team qualifier were:

Dog Agility Masters Team Qualifer

Versatility Pairs Tournament

1st - Herding the Jack
Stuart Mah & Alley Cat
Diane Castle & O.P.
Nancy Kleinhans & Jimmy Dean

2nd - Red, White & Blue
Donna Rohaus & Katie
Mike Swanson & Xena
Jeannette Hutchinson & Zig Zag

3rd - Teetering on the Edge
Sally Josselyn & Dia
Susan Tovino & Blu
Rosie Sutherland & Rhyn

1st Place
Rosie Sutherland & Tod
Sally Josselyn & Panda


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