SOTC continues its strong showing in the agility rings with two new agility champions crowned this weekend.
Reports came in first for Andie Lee and her flying Brittany, Whiskey. They were off competing in a USDAA agility trial in Edinsboro, PA. To earn an ADCH or Agility Dog Championship in USDAA, the dog and handler team must have already earned the MAD or Master Agility Dog title which requires five scores in the Master Agility Dog Class. Add to that all four of the Masters Nonstandard titles plus five qualifying scores in tournament qualifiers, with at least one qualifying score in each of five different tournaments. Nonstandard classes include Gamblers, Snooker, Relay and Jumpers.
Andie and Whiskey went into the weekend needing a Masters Relay leg. They did not tell their relay partners (Linda Dickinson and her Border Collie Swizzle) that there was any pressure on them. Probably a good idea! Reports are that they won a huge rosette (bigger than Whiskey!) and a lovely ADCH bar that was personalized.
Also trying to finish their ADCH were Roxanne Spilman-Bush and her Mach English Cocker, Sizzle. They needed a Snooker Super Q. Snooker is very confusing to many people to begin with. You must do an opening sequence where you alternate red obstacles with point obstacles and then you must follow a prescribed course in the closing sequence. That is somewhat simplified. In addition, to earn a Super Q you must be one of the top teams in the competition. Depending on the number of dogs in a jump height or combined jump heights, only so many Super Qs will be awarded. Roxanne blames herself for a slightly off cue on their run on Saturday. Sunday was a lovely run but they ended up third and only two Super Qs were awarded. So no double ADCH but the plus side as Roxanne put it, is that she now has a reason to attend more agility trials!
Meanwhile, out towards Farmington, NY, Pam Hottois and her Australian Shepherd, Meg, were catching an agility championship of their own – literally a C-ATCH! To earn a C-ATCH, the dog and handler team must be competing at Level 5. They must earn ten standard legs, five legs each in the Handler Classes of Colors and Wildcard, five legs each in the Strategy Classes of Snooker and Jackpot plus five legs each in the Fun Classes of Fullhouse and Jumpers. Just keeping all the rules straight is a major accomplishment!
Sandy Madaio reports that Meg and Pam earned their title with style and verve! Meg is certainly not a wallflower when she runs agility and her fascination with plastic water bottles is well known in certain circles.
Congratulations to all three teams for a fine effort!