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Event Report: Riverside Canine Center of New Hampshire

Riverside hosted another exciting summer trial! By John Marcus

Four weeks after hosting a very successful Regional Championship, the crew at Riverside Canine Center was back at work running another three-day, two-ring trial in Rhode Island the weekend of August 8-10, 2014.

The trial site was an air-conditioned, indoor soccer facility where the dogs and handlers enjoyed the Sprinturf footing, a surprisingly good restaurant right across the parking lot and a pond on the property in which dogs could exercise and cool off.

The pond was beautiful! Photo Courtesy of Noreen Scelzo.

Northeast competitors welcomed Masters/PIII/Veterans judge Jelinda Pepper from College Station Texas. Starters/PI, Advanced/PII and Steeplechase/Performance Speed Jumping judge Kirstie Dean recently moved away from the Northeast but is still a local favorite. Both judges presented fun and fast courses with challenges appropriate for their levels and were friendly and helpful.

Judge Dean's Steeplechase/PSJ Round 1 course had an interesting opening sequence with a change of direction coming out of a straight tunnel (aka "Puppy Cannon"), which went under the A-frame.

Her Sunday Advanced/PII Standard course was a beautiful flowing course that really let the dogs open up and run.

Judge Pepper treated Masters/PIII/Veterans Gamblers competitors to a unique challenge on Friday. The tunnel in the gamble had to be taken twice in succession. Some handlers were able to direct their dogs back into the tunnel after exiting the first time while others had to call their dogs back above the "A" jump and resend to the tunnel. Both options seemed equally successful.

A breathtaking 71 new titles were earned including two ADCHs, an ADCH Bronze, an ADCH Silver and a PDCH Silver, three ADCH Golds, an LAA Bronze and LAA Silver. Starters/PI competitors earned three Agility Dog and three Performance Dog titles!

Christopher Holm's ADCH Silver Tuuli. Photo courtesy of Leah Caracino.

One of the special things about USDAA trials (including those held at Riverside Canine Center) is that puppies are welcome. Puppy fever is spreading in New England and many competitors are raising new agility pups. Puppies were passed around, kissed, tugged with and generally acclimated to the atmosphere of an agility trial.

 What a cute pup! Photo courtesy of Shannon Rhoades Kelley.

It was not a Regional Championship but "just another" Riverside trial, welcoming to new competitors, with great judges and outstanding runs. Good agility and good company& that's what it's all about.

Catahoula Leopard Dog Madeline is very proud of her placement and Q! Photo courtesy of Lauren Stein.

John Marcus lives in Vermont where he and his wife, Lisa, raise and train Cavalier King Charles Spaniels for agility. He believes that fun and competition are not mutually exclusive. You can find his dogs and his blog on line at  Follow Riverside Canine Center's USDAA trials on Facebook at


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