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Rocky Mountain Regional Recap

Hosted by Wasatch Agility, competitors thoroughly enjoyed attending this great event.

More than 200 dogs from 14 different states came to play and compete at the Rocky Mountain Regional Championships in Farmington, UT, hosted by Wasatch Agility. Farmington is a few miles north of Salt Lake City.

The Legacy Events Center is a great facility with lush, green grass, plenty of places to walk dogs, including an off-leash area and a nearby creek so both dogs and humans could wet their feet. The dogs were kenneled in a climate controlled building directly in front of the competition rings to keep them cool, comfortable and relaxed between runs.

Despite record high temperatures throughout the event, judges Frank Holik and Scott Lovelis kept things fun and positive, even though they stood out in the heat for almost 10 hours a day. They both designed fun, challenging courses that competitors raved about and did a great job keeping the show moving along.

Coleen Hawker of Wasatch Agility has a fantastic group of dedicated volunteers that helped with the key jobs - score keeping, course building, ring stewarding and providing an incredible lunch spread for everyone who stepped up to help with bar setting, leash running or whatever was needed when they weren't running dogs.

In fact, Coleen's peers are so dedicated and appreciative of all her contributions, they planned a special surprise for her as she was inducted into USDAA's Hall of Fame with a Meritorious Service Award.

A tradition for Wasatch Agility at their June trial is for Coleen's family to prepare a homemade BBQ dinner for all competitors on Saturday evening. As always, the food was delicious and devoured by all the competitors.

Zuke's All Natural and Healthy Dog treats was also there to provide support. Samples were distributed at check-in and competitors could grab a sample on their way to or from the rings too.

The media also took an interest in the Regional. Two TV stations covered the event as well as a local newspaper. This brought the public out to the event to see agility first-hand and got them interested in the sport we all love.

Overall, it was a great event and competitors repeatedly stated how much fun they had attending. Its definitely a must-do Regional to put on your list to attend in the future.



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