Posted Date: September 8, 2014
Handlers from El Salvador and Guatemala enjoyed a recent USDAA event. By Francisco Berjon
El Salvador hosted a fun and successful USDAA event on August 9-10 in San Salvador City. The group launched the USDAA program with the Dog Sports Federation (from Guatemala). Mary Carmen Marín Lara from Costa Rica judged the agility test, which drew 27 dog/handler teams from El Salvador and Guatemala. The event was held in a beautiful horse training center over a natural grass surface.
Judge Mary Carmen briefing competitors.
All set for the trial. What an excellent surface!
Fernando Sierra and Red from Guatemala.
Both Championship and Performance classes were offered. Competitors ran Starters levels in Standard Agility, Jumpers, Snooker, Gamblers and Pairs, and Advanced classes in Standard Agility and Jumpers were also held. A full set of courses was run each day, providing a great experience and much enjoyment for competitors. Most of the competitors demonstrated that they learned from their experience at the Guatemala trial, and demonstrated excellent strategies in Snooker and Gamblers classes.
Paulo Bolaños and Eros from Guatemala with Judge Mary Carmen Marin.
Carlos Martinez and Ewok from El Salvador with judge Mary Carmen Marin.
Javier Sanchez and Tendra from Guatemala.
The joining of forces between Carlos Martinez (El Salvador) and Javier Sanchez (Guatemala) resulted in a competition full of triumphs and camaraderie. At the end of the event, competitors received awards and prizes. Martinez expressed that it was a weekend of fun and agility. This leaves a seed planted that will surely give good fruit in the Central American agility community.
Maria Ethel Salazar and Dolly from El Salvador.
Everybody was happy at the trial.
All photos by Francisco Berjon.
Francisco Berjon is a Masters level USDAA judge, joining USDAA's judging corps in 2008. He has judged in the USA, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Guatemala, and Costa Rica and was one of the judges at the 2013 Cynosport World Games. He owns six Border Collies (Stoni, Brass, Astra, Myst, Fizz and Jet) and two Australian Shepherds (Sunny and Blue). He has been doing agility since 2001 with his wife and, and later, his sons. When not training, competing, and judging, Francisco is in the construction business.