Posted Date: April 1, 2010
The second in a series of interviews with USDAA IFCS World Agility Championship team members. By Brenna Fender
The 2010 World Agility Championships are fast approaching. USDAA will send a terrific team to Clevedon, North Sommerset in the United Kingdom for the event that runs from May 14-16 at the Hand Equestrian Centre. Team members include Angie Benacquisto with Duncan and Dylan, Daneen Fox and Masher, Janelle Julyan and Eve, Rhonda Koeske and Tack, Elise Lynch and Ting, Kate Moureaux and Driven, Stephanie Spyr and Rage, Rosanne DeMascio and Drifter, Dudley Fontaine and Maverick, Ann Zarr and Skylar, Elizabeth Evans and Hemi, and coach Stacy Peardot-Goudy. To celebrate our team, we'll be doing periodic interviews with team members.
Young Kate Moureaux hails from Moorpark, California, where she owns DrivenDogs Agility. In addition to agility, Kate and her dogs compete in herding and rally. Kate is a repeat member of the IFCS World Team.
Brenna Fender (BF): What were your family's and friend's reactions to your making the IFCS team?
Kate Moureaux (KM): Everyone was really excited and happy for me. I'm super proud that this will be my third consecutive IFCS World Team (2006 with Quick and 2008 with Driven).
BF: Will a friend or family member travel with you to the event?
KM: My mom, Karen Moureaux, will be traveling to the event. She will be photographing, so I'm looking forward to tons of awesome pics!
BF: How tough did you find the qualification process to become a team member?
KM: I felt that the qualifying process was fair. I think that it is good for teams to have to prove their consistency over multiple events. The only thing I would change for the future is that I would have people send in their intent to compete forms before the qualifying events actually start. I think the competitors would appreciate knowing who they are competing against, plus I think the USDAA community would have fun tracking the eligible teams' progress on the USDAA Web site. I think it would help to get more people interested in the team selection process as well as increase donations for the team.
BF: How did this year's qualifying process compare to the 2008 one?
KM: I felt that the process was very similar to the 2008 qualifying process. All that was changed was the addition of a fourth event to earn points, and the 4-Star events. I liked having the 4-Stars as it made accessing events easier.
BF: What is your goal for this year's event?
KM: I competed with Driven on the 2008 IFCS World Team in Belgium and won a Silver medal. I would really like to come home with a Gold (or two)!
BF: How would you describe your emotions as the event draws closer?
KM: I'm excited and ready to be there. I love big shows and am really looking forward to the atmosphere!
BF: What is your greatest concern about the trip to the UK for the event?
KM: Funding! The trip to going to be very expensive. One major expense looks to be paying for Driven's flight. Driven's flight alone (directly into/from England) looks to be around $4000! I'm working really hard to come up with the necessary funding.
BF: Any other comments?
KM: Driven became a mommy on December 30th 2009! Driven is super psyched to have her babies in their new homes and get back to agility!
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 Bfender@usdaa.com with comments, questions, or submissions.
Photo of Kate and Driven by Karen Moureaux of dogsportphotos.com. Photo of Driven by Kate Moureaux.