Posted Date: March 17, 2017
A recap of the Wild West Regional from March 9-12, 2017.
This year's Wild West Regional was truly a unique experience, not only for competitors, but for the agility community in general.
Competitors were treated to a first-class equestrian facility, Horseshow Park in Queen Creek, AZ that featured a dirt surface with the perfect mix of silt and clay, creating a great surface for agility. Other amenities included on-site RV camping, a concession stand, roomy horse stalls for crating, spectator bleachers and an PA system and announcer's booth.
This was the first time a non-equestrian event was held at the park, and the staff pulled out all the stops for the show. The arena surface was worked every night and morning, and whenever it was requested by the show committee. A town of Queen Creek Councilmember also came out to the show on Saturday and personally thanked many competitors for being there. The town can't wait for the event to come back next year, and they've already reserved the covered arena for next year to keep us out of the elements.
Another unique aspect of this Regional was that just about every agility group in the Phoenix-metro area pulled together to put on this great event. It was hosted by Top Notch Canines, but members of Contact Zonies, Club Doggie, Leaps N Bounds and numerous individual agility competitors pitched in to make the event a great success.
This included the show secretary duties, gathering donations for competitor welcome bags, ring crew, course building, scoring, hospitality, awards, and designing an awesome podium are just a few of the many things done to ensure this Regional was the best one to date. And everyone did it with a smile on their face.
The cooperation between all the groups created a fun, competitive and contagious atmosphere throughout the show. Many out of state competitors (from California, New Mexico, Colorado, Texas and even Georgia) all pitched in to volunteer during their down time and also cheered on competitors after every run.
The courses were perfect for an event of this caliber - challenging and fun to run, and exciting to watch. Judges Beth Diehl and Scott Lovelis helped add to the fun with their sense of humor and support for each team that stepped to the line.
It is refreshing to see numerous groups from one major metropolitan area work together to ensure the success of a marquee event like the Wild West Regional. This year's event will be tough to beat, but all the groups participating have a year to plan how to make it better for 2018.