Midwest Agility Open – Final Results

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Here’s everything from the Midwest Agility Open that was held on Oct. 22nd. Results and course map from Round 1 are here. Results and course map from Round 2 are here. Results and course map from Round 3 are here. Results and course map from Round 4 are here. Final, combined results are here. YouTube live stream recording #1 is here. YouTube live stream recording #2 is here. It was a fabulous day to do agility […]

Advancing Agility in America

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I’ve felt for quite a while now that it doesn’t feel like agility in America is advancing at a pace that other parts of the world seem to be advancing.  My experiences competing overseas just amplifies that feeling I have.  The courses, the atmosphere, the mentality all seem to be at a different level in this country compared to Europe.  There is nothing necessarily wrong with that as the demographics and audience in America are […]

European Open 2016 Recap

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The 2016 European Open that just concluded marked the 3rd time that Luna and I have traveled to Europe to compete at the event.  The event is probably the largest agility event being held currently.  While it is not the most prestigious event I believe it is by far the hardest event to compete at and actually medal in.  Just the sheer number of competitors means that anything can happen.  On top of that, all […]

WTT 2016 – Can AKC Do Better?

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On May 7th-9th, in San Jose, CA the American Kennel Club held their annual World Team Tryouts in order to select the 12 teams to represent the AKC and the USA at the Agility World Championship.  87 teams from around the country made the trek to California in order to try and be one of the teams selected for this prestigious team.  This will be the 20th year that the AKC has fielded a team to […]

Recent Happenings

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Since I haven’t posted a lot here recently, I thought I’d do a recap of recent goings on.  There are 4 major international events every year that we may or may not target depending on timing.  For AKC/FCI, we have the European Open (EO) and the Agility World Championship (AWC).  For USDAA/IFCS there is the IFCS World Agility Championship.  Finally, for UKI there is the World Agility Open (WAO).  Each of the U.S. agility organizations […]

EO 2016 Tryouts

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  The EO 2016 tryouts were held this past weekend in Middleton, WI at Canine Sports Zone.  Luna and I attended trying to earn our way on for a 3rd year in a row for a chance to compete in France at the end of July 2016.  If we’re fortunate enough to earn a spot on the team, I hope the 3rd time is the charm for us at the European Open event.  As for the […]

Cynosports 2015

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I had some high personal expectations going into the 2015 Cynosport World Games.  After 2 straight years of attending the European Open as well as further refinement of my handling as well as more experience overall I thought we could do really well at this event.  So, with that, I had some goals that I wanted to reach. Goal #1 was to make at least 1 final.  Goal #2 was to place in at least one final. […]

European Open 2015 Here We Come!

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It’s been quite a while since I’ve written anything here agility related.  The last time I posted about agility it was a few days before heading up to Minnesota to attend the AKC World Team Tryouts.  That was all the way back at the end of April!  Since then I started writing new posts, but never could seem to finish them.  So that’s how I get all the way into the middle of July without […]

ITT 2015 Thoughts and Musings

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In less than 24 hours Luna and I will pile into the car and set off to drive to Minneapolis for our 2nd AKC International Team Tryout event.  Last year was our first time going and we did well enough to be selected to join the 2014 EO team that traveled to Hungary.  Since the EO, my perspective on agility has changed tremendously.  As I get ready to head to ITT, I wanted to write down […]

Learning Not To Scoreboard Watch

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This past weekend Luna and I attended the USDAA North Central Regional in Naperville, IL.  It was our first big event we have attended since the UKI U.S. Open back in October and only our 2nd trial since Luna’s injury scare.  Coming into the weekend I vowed to myself that I would not look at the scoreboard until after the whole class had run.  For the most part I stuck to that plan, but on […]