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Event Report: Christmas in Kerrville!

Hill Country Agility in Texas put on a fun Christmas-themed trial. By Caroline Hanson

Hill Country Agility (HCA), owned by David and Caroline Hanson, hosted their 24th trial on December 8-9, 2012. Many competitors call it the Christmas trial because of its reputation for festive seasonal fun. This year was better than ever.

A featured event was a raffle to raise funds for the National Canine Cancer Foundation. The competitors were extremely generous with donations of all sorts of items for the raffle. There was a Ruff Tuff Crate, baskets galore, chocolate, wine, weekend trial packages for several Texas clubs  you name it. The items filled four long tables and generated $812 dollars for NCCF.

One of the four raffle tables full of goodies!

The second event, a crate decorating contest, produced even more festivities. Competitors had trees, lights, music, coffee, wassail, cookies& they really went all out with their creativity. Three local people (not involved in agility) were the judges. They reported it was a difficult decision. First place went to Ann Brawner's Gingerbread House. Second place were crates decorated by Irene Hurd. Chris and Mark Meyers wrapped their crates like huge presents and earned 3rd place. The Santa Paws Express by Judy Austin got an Honorable Mention. There were so many great displays that the judges could not resist creating a Special Mention category and cited Charlie Brown by Nicholas Orlowsky, Bertram by the Hemsleys, Blue Christmas by Emily Hurt, Cathy Learoyds Miniature Dog Agility Course, Shawn Cossart's Train Tree and the area called Winter Fun by a group.

Judy Austin's Santa Paws Express. 

Nicholas Orlowsky, a junior handler who was helping at the trial, with his Snoopy decorations. Photo courtesy of Carolyn Canizaro-Orlowsky, D.V.M.

HCA was honored to have a contingent of Mexican competitors attending the trial. Eleven were from the La Silla Club in Monterrey, and two were from the Toluca area. Several of the competitors were brand new, and HCA was pleased that they selected us for their first trial. They were such a fun group!

The La Silla competitors from Monterrey, Mexico.

Antonio Nolasco and Gabriela Orozco from Toluca, Mexico.

Lest readers think we just partied, we did run some awesome agility. Twenty-eight titles were earned, including the coveted ADCH for Flurry and Pam Meeks! Judges Leslie Bickel and Val Reiner had designed challenging and fun courses. Bickel commented on her Grand Prix/Performance Grand Prix course map which is shown below: "The GP was a fairly fluid course which was handled very well by the competitors."

Caroline Tull Hanson is a retired counselor. Although she does not compete in dog agility, she is a faithful "groupie" to support her husband, Dave. She serves as the trial secretary for the competitions hosted by HCA. In addition, Caroline is an avid reader of mystery novels, enjoys photography, computing, their pets, and their small Hill Country ranch with its wildlife.  Visit for more information.

Photos by author unless otherwise noted.


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