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Event Report: BARK-NH Rings in the New Year

Lots of new titles and fun were had at the most recent BARK-NH trial. Report by Lo Baker.


I can't think of a better way to ring in the New Year other than at an agility trial with Lynn Sigman as the judge.  BARK-NH held its all Masters trial on January 4-6 in Manchester, New Hampshire. It was one of our smaller trials, but many titles were still achieved.

One very special moment was when Kathy Clement and her Border Collie Psyche had their retirement run. There was lots of cheering and clapping and a few tears watching Psyche run his last run. It was a very special moment.  Kathy says, "Psyche was my first dog chosen with agility in mind and the first puppy I ever raised.  He had a good career, but he ran agility for me.  As I moved him into [veterans classes], I started entering him less, and he was fine with that.  I started thinking about how you never know when your last run together will be, and having recently lost my seven-year-old agility dog to epilepsy, I realized that I wanted to have a last run with Psyche. I had a cake made, sent out the 'event' invitation on Facebook, and walked to the line with my best for the last time.  It was the best run ever! Thanks Psyche! ADCH, P-MAD, SCH, PJCH-Gold, PKCH-Silver, PTM, PSM, PRM, Vet Jumpers, Vet Snooker." To see Pysche's retirement run, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3BfwwZ3soY. The video is courtesy of Kelly Wilson.

The folks at BARK-NH love a celebratory cake! This one for Psyche's retirement is amazing! Photo courtesy of Kathy Clement.

Congrats to all the wonderful teams that achieved titles this weekend: 

Master Agility Dog...Moxie and Nancy Freese
Master Agility Dog...Caper and Tracy Carter
Relay Champion...Verve and Catie Williams
Standard Agility Master...Click and Grace Smith
Performance Standard Champion-Bronze...Gib and Lisa Marcus
Standard Agility Master...Moxie and Nancy Freese
Tournament Master...Miranda and Richard Dennison
Performance Tournament Master-Bronze...Zep and Cindy/Delaney Ranter
VJD CH...Electra and Paula Miloglav-Recco
Jumpers Champion-Bronze...Missy and Trish Murphy
Standard Agility Champion-Bronze...Missy and Tish Murphy
Snooker Champion-Silver...Kelso and Delaney Ratner
Master Agility Dog...Nellie and Beth Laukka
Snooker Champion-Silver...Trekker and Lynn Pettipaw
Lifetime Agility Award-Gold...Fenway and Sandy Dusenbury
Jumpers Champion-Bronze...Corey and Kathy Fardy
Snooker Master...Cullen and Jane Plamondon
Snooker Champion-Bronze...Corey and Kathy Fardy
Snooker Master...Divot and Sandy Dusenbury
Performance Snooker Champion-Bronze...Beau and Fred Brazeil
Snooker Champion-Bronze...Jiff and Val Reiner
Jumpers Champion...Dempsey and Chris McQuillen
Performance Dog Champion...Jake and Eileen Sickler
Standard Agility Master...Wik and Kathy Clement
Lifetime Achievement Award-Bronze...BAM! and Cindy/ Delaney Ranter
Performace Standard Master...BAM! and Cindy/ Delaney Ratner
Masters Performance Dog...Zep and Cindy/Delaney Ranter
Performance Standard Champion-Silver...Elmo and John Marcus
Performance Standard Master...Beau and Fred Brazeil

Handler Eileen Sickler and new Performance Dog Champion Jake show off their new ribbon and pose with judge Lynn Sigman. Photo courtesy of Roma Hunter.

Shetland Sheepdog Zep poses with his new Masters Performance Dog ribbon and Border Collie BAM! shows off his new Lifetime Achievement Award-Bronze ribbon. The pair are owned by Cindy and Delaney Ranter. Photo courtesy of Delaney Ranter.

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