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Game On K9 Agility First Trial

A report on the first trial for Game On K9 Agility in Middlefield, CT.


by Jamie McKay, CPDT-KSA

The spectacular colors of autumn in New England formed the backdrop for Game On K9 Agility's inaugural trial held October 30th and 31st.

The indoor event was held at Ridgeland Farms in Middlefield, CT where teams ran on a well manicured dirt surface. The beautiful grounds complemented by the fall foliage afforded plenty of areas for exercising the dogs and taking pictures.

Handlers were welcomed with goodie bags supplied by Deborah Salerno, owner of Game On K9 Agility. Hospitality and crating areas were artfully decorated by Deborah Salerno and Monique Plinck including a Halloween themed podium available for photos. Competitors enjoyed a catered barbecue on site Saturday night.

Six Intro classes were offered with an entry of 52 runs. All levels of Championship and Performance classes were offered with 451 runs scheduled. First through third placements were announced after every class making the event even more special for competitors.

Judge Judy Reilly not only designed some challenging courses but very generously donated her judging fees from the Intro and Starters classes towards the ongoing fund raising efforts of the Southern NY Chapter of the National Canine Cancer Foundation. Judy's Masters Snooker Halloween course was very tricky and six competitors gained membership into the zero snooker club!

To wind up the weekend Contact Agility hosted a Masters/P3 level trial with Tournament classes on Sunday November 1st. 

Game On K9 Agility and Contact Agility would like to thank everyone who contributed to the success of this event. Special mention to scorers A.M. Hill (Game On, Contact), Donna Young (Contact), volunteer coordinator Barbara Siegel (Game On), chief course builder Stephen McKay and Mark Wirant who helped build every course over the three days.

Congratulations to Deborah Salerno and Game On K9 Agility for a very successful first trial. I am already planning my costume for next year's event!

Cheers for the following teams that earned titles:

  • Fred Brazeil and Guy ADCH
  • Kathy Horn and Olive PDCH, PRM, PKCH
  • Melanie Behrens and Zim MAD
  • Jennifer Marks and Secret MAD
  • Jay Doster and Ditto MPD
  • Deborah Salerno and Kyan RM
  • Eileen Wilentz and Celt PKM 
  • Kathy Kealey and Quinn AD
  • Ellen Parkosewich Kurdzo and Roxy SG


Happy Masters Pairs Partners pose for pictures at the Game On trial.

L to R 2nd place, Judy Curran and Chess, Lori Jayne Eliot and Asher.

1st place Deborah Salerno and Kyan, Ann Marie Hill and Phire, 3rd Soshana Dos and Glance, Stephen McKay and Scorch Happy Masters Pairs Partners pose for pictures at the Game On trial.


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