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Attending the 2015 USDAA Regional Championship in Mexico

Maria Salazar relates her experience with her dog Draco at their first Regional in Mexico.


Draco the Salvadorean novice attended his first Mexican Regional, held on August 29 and 30, 2015 in Toluca.

It took us 768 miles traveling by air and driving from El Salvador to reach Mexico City and then another few more miles to Toluca where the Regional was held. Lucila Sierra from Guatemala, myself and our dogs Dasho Kkasho and Draco attended for the first time at an USDAA Regional, (Lucila had attended many Americas y El Caribe competitions in South America).

I was so happy and excited to meet a lot of new "Agiliteros" as we say in Spanish and again meet Kenneth Tatsch, President of the USDAA, with his always kind and warm smile. And of course Tom Kula with his great dog Han Solo. Dave and Erika Grubel were our judges from California.

Draco competed for the first time in Standard and Pairs and his second time in Snooker. The courses were perfectly designed for everybody to get a Q, but there are many different reasons why we dont achieve one at the end of the run.

I can say that even being that this was our first Regional, Draco and I had so much fun! We met many heart-warming people and felt so very welcome in this beautiful country. Thanks to all involved!

Maria Ethel Salazar is a Salvadorean ex-corporate secretary and assistant, and now an agility competitor. She started in obedience and agility trials in 2006 with her Beagle Dolly. Through the years, she has attended local trials held by The Salvadorean Canofile Association. She and her beagle were also part of the Salvadorean canine therapy group ¨4 Patas¨over three years helping children of differents ailments in the ¨Vito Guaratto Home of Disabled Abandoned Children¨ and the Paraiso Down Institution.

She started doing USDAA with Dolly and Dixie her Border Collie since 2014, traveling to Guatemala and attending local trials too. This year she retired both dogs after achieving advance and masters in the different USDAA trials. Now she is competing her three young Border Collies in starter trials.

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