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Event Report: The First Intro Trial and Fourth Junior Handler Trial of the Year in Minnesota

Leona Hellesvig reports on the Bloomington Obedience Training Club's first ever Intro trial and accompanying junior handler trial.


Bloomington Obedience Training Club held its first ever USDAA trial, an Intro and Junior Handler Trial, on November 17-18th, 2012.  Everyone had such a good time that we can hardly wait to do it again! Even the trial volunteers that were not entered said they had a great time.

Competitors gather for the judge's briefing.

Judge Martha Healy shows off her judge's gift (hand-made pillows of her two dogs, Mazy the Cocker Spaniel and Trek the Border Collie).

 Gabi Sundberg ran in the Junior Handler classes with Ivy.

Congratulations to the following junior handlers on finishing titles at this trial: 

  • Alexa Doer and Cisco (Australian Shepherd mix)  Intermediate
  • Nicole Lemke and Gunner (Labrador Retriever)  Elementary
  • Holly Hepp and Gracie (Miniature Poodle) Beginner

An example of one of the Junior Handler Program courses.

The majority of the Intro entries in Intro came from BOTC students, and the majority of the Junior Handler entries were from BOTC Junior Agility League members.  In all, 21 dogs ran in Intro and 12 ran in Juniors.  For many in the Intro program, it was their first agility trial experience.  It was rather run to see so many breeds that are not often seen at a USDAA trial participating.

Donna Bonnickson, scoretable queen!

Below are listed the qualifiers and placements in each class.

USDAA Junior Handlers Program (UJHP) Jumpers Saturday  
       
Place/Dog/Handler

8" and 12"

 1 Windy, Alex Edwards
 2 Gracie, Holly Hepp
 3 Sadie, Connor Petit
 4 Ivy, Gabi Sundberg
       
16" and 22" 

 1 Cisco, Alexa Doerr
 2 Gunner Nicole Lemke
 3 Charlotte, Evan Wegman
 4 Sammy, Marta Christensen

UJHP Intermediate Saturday    

Achievements are Gold (0-5 faults), Silver (5.01-15 faults), and Bronze (15.01+)
            
Place/Dog/Handler/Q? 

G 12" Sadie, Connor Petit, Yes 
G 22" Cisco, Alexa Doerr, Yes Title!
      
UJHP Elementary Saturday    
           
Place/Dog/Handler/Q? 

G 8" Windy, Alex Edwards, -- 
G 22" Gunner, Nicole Lemke, Yes Title!
      
UJHP Beginner Saturday    
           
Place/Dog/Handler/Q? 

G 12" Gracie, Holly Hepp, -- 
G 12" Ivy, Gabi Sundberg, -- 
G 16" Charlotte Evan Wegman, -- 
G 16" Jordi, Evan Wegman, -- 
G 16" Sammy, Marta Christensen, -- 
B 22" Luci, Elisabeth Gnitka, -- 
G 22" Cody, Nicole Lemke, -- 
S J22" Faith, Auna Fleischhacker, -- 
      
Junior Gamblers Saturday    
          
Place/Dog/Handler  

8" and 12"

 1 Windy, Alex Edwards  
 2 Sadie, Connor Petit  

16" and 22"

 1 Sammy, Marta Christensen 
 2 Charlotte, Evan Wegman 
 3 Luci, Elisabeth Gnitka 
 4 Cisco, Alexa Doerr 
      
Intro Gambler Saturday    
         
 Place/Dog/Handler/Q?

8"

 1 Louie, Barb Viner, --- 
 2 Wally, Serene Abrahams, --- 

12"

 1 Willow, Carrie Iverson, --- 
 2 Miss Ella, Marie Morzenti, --- 
 3 Sari, Renee Beymer, --- 

16"

 1 Max, Sandy Miller, yes
 2 Murphy, Amy Pluth, yes
 3 Abby, Amy Pluth, yes
 4 Paisley ,B.J. Bowden, yes

22"

 1 Gunner, Rick Lemke, yes 
 2 Monte, Gary Cook, --- 
      
Intro Standard Saturday    
           
 Place/Dog/Handler/Q? 

 8"

  1 Louie, Barb Viner, -- 
  2 Wally, Serene Abrahams, -- 
  3 Willow, Carrie Iverson, -- 
  4 Miss Ella, Marie Morzenti, -- 

12"

 1 Jordi, Shelly Wegman, Yes 
 2 Charlotte, Shelly Wegman, -- 

16"

 1 Max, Sandy Miller, Yes
 2 Bella, Barbara Wedekind Selton, --
 3 Paisley, B.J. Bowden, --
 4 Murphy, Amy Pluth, --

22"
 
 1 Monte, Gary Cook, Yes
 2 Gunner, Rick Lemke, -- 
      
Intro Jumpers Saturday    
           
 Place/Dog Handler/Q?

8"

 1 Louie, Barb Viner, -- 
 2 Wally, Serene Abrahams, -- 

12"

 1 Jordi, Shelly Wegman, Yes
 2 Charlotte, Shelly Wegman, Yes
 3 Tanner, Donna Campbell, --
 4 Willow, Carrie Iverson, --

16"

 1 Abby, Amy Pluth, Yes
 2 Bella, Barbara Wedekind Selton, --
 3 Max, Sandy Miller, --
 4 Murphy, Amy Pluth, --

22"

 1 Monte, Gary Cook, Yes
 2 Gunner, Rick Lemke, --
      
UJHP Jumpers Sunday    
          
 Place/Dog/Handler  
 
12"  

 1 Ivy, Gabi Sundberg
 2 Gracie, Holly Hepp

16"

 1 Gunner, Nicole Lemke
 2 Cody, Nicole Lemke  

UJHP Intermediate Sunday    
           
 Place/Dog/Handler/Q? 
 G Gunner, Nicole Lemke, -- 
      
UJHP Beginner Sunday    
           
 Place/Dog/Handler/Q? 

12"

 G Gracie, Holly Hepp, Yes Title!
 B Ivy, Gabi Sundberg, -- 

22"

 G Cody, Nicole Lemke, --  

Intro Snooker Sunday    
           
 Place/Dog/Handler/Q? 

12"

 1 Willow, Carrie Iverson, Yes

22"

 1 Gunner, Rick Lemke, --- 
 2 Monte, Gary Cook, --- 
 
Intro Standard Sunday    
           
 Place/Dog/Handler/Q? 

8"

1 Jack, Penny Brown, --

12"

1 Willow, Carrie Iverson, Yes

16"
 
 1 Paisley, B.J. Bowden, Yes
 2 Bella, Barbara Wedekind Selton, --
 3 Yeshi, Ann Allen, --
 4 Murphy, Amy Pluth, --

22"
 
 1 Gunner, Rick Lemke, Yes
 2 Monte, Gary Cook, -- 

Intro Jumpers Sunday    
           
 Place/Dog/Handler/Q? 

8"

1 Jack, Penny Brown, --

12"

1 Willow, Carrie Iverson, Yes

16"

 1 Murphy, Amy Pluth, Yes
 2 Abby, Amy Pluth, Yes 
 3 Bella, Barbara Wedekind Selton, Yes 
 4 Paisley, B.J. Bowden, --
 
22"

 1 Monte, Gary Cook, Yes
 2 Gunner, Rick Lemke, --

Subscribers should log in next week and check out course maps from the Intro trial.

Leona Hellesvig has been engaged in dog sports since toddlerhood. She is very involved with junior handlers and 4-H in Minnesota. When not participating in dog activities, Leona is an elementary school music teacher.

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