The USDAA community was saddened to hear of the loss of a well-known, talented competitor and staunch supporter of USDAA. Ronda Carter, who passed away on June 21, 2011 after a battle with cancer, was a finalist many times over in USDAA tournaments, winning the Grand Prix of Dog Agilty® in the 22" division in 2006 and making the US World Team for IFCS Championships in Valencia, Spain, in 2004.
Ronda competed in USDAA with seven dogs from 1995 to 2010, earning more than 150 titles and recognition awards, earning more than 1,400 placements and/or qualifications during her 15-year career in dog agility. Some notable titling accomplishments include:
- Jordan Agility Dog Champion® (2000), Agility Top Ten (1998)
- Scout ADCH®-Platinum (2007), Tournament Master Platinum (2003), LAA-Gold (2005), Agility Top Ten (1999, 2000)
- Blast LAA Silver (2007), ADCH-Silver (2007), Tournament Master-Platinum (2005)
- Potion Agility Dog (2008)
- Wicked Advanced Agility Dog (2010), Tournament Master Bronze (2010)
- Pyro-ADCH (2010), Tournament Master-Gold (2010)
Ronda and her dogs also had many accomplishments in AKC agility as well, including two trips to the finals in the AKC Nationals, placing fifth in 2003.
Ronda spent much of her agility career teaching others, sharing her knowledge of the sport. She taught agility in seminars and workshops across the US and internationally. Many competitors remember her quite fondly, not only for her agility skills but also for her upbeat attitude and sense of humor. Says USDAA President Kenneth Tatsch, "Ronda's passion for agility was unsurpassed. She brought excitement to the sport in its formative years and touched many lives over the course of her career in dog agility."