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Day one of the 2009 Cynosports World Games is already behind us. By Brenna Fender

The 2009 Cynosport World Games started off Wednesday with the European Standard class as a nice warm-up. Then some competitors headed off to their hotels or RVs to ready themselves for the night while others went to the kickoff banquet.

Dinner was served under the dark Scottsdale sky outside the main ring at about 6pm. The event was well-attended, with more than 160 people enjoying delicious barbeque, sides, and desserts.  By 7:30pm, competitors had moved to the bleachers of the main ring to enjoy a brief ceremony honoring the 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award recipients. There were 102 Bronze, 52 Silver, 18 Gold, and 8 Platinum winners honored.  All received plaques, and the Gold and Platinum winners were called up and awarded theirs by USDAA President Kenneth Tatsch in front of the crowd.

Mike Murphy was among those who stepped up to be acknowledged for earning the Platinum Lifetime Achievement Award with Bailey, his Jack Russell Terrier that died unexpectedly earlier this year.  Many in the crowd knew of Mike's loss, and cheered him on.

One surprising statistic was pointed out by the announcer during the presentation. Out of the eight Platinum winners, four were from the Keystone Agility Club in Pennsylvania! A coincidence?  That's hard to believe!

Every competitor received a program listing the 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award winners.  The names of the winners of the 2008 Agility Top Ten Awards and the 2008 Performance Top Ten Awards were also included in the program.

The only announcement that was not related to awards may have been the one that received the most lively crowd reaction.  The Cynosport Games will not be returning to Scottsdale, Arizona next year. Although the WestWorld site is ideal in many ways, USDAA has worked to find other locations so that competitors will not have to travel to the same city every year. In 2010, the Games will take place in either Philadelphia or Kentucky. The event will be held earlier in the fall to take advantage of the area's nicest weather.  More information will be coming soon. 

Thursday's classes will be competitive and exciting. This site will be frequently updated throughout the day. Subscribers should log in to read exclusive stories but everyone should keep their eyes on to get all the details from the 2009 Cynosport World Games!


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