January 2019 ‘New Year’s Trial’ Premium is Available

MADnessPinThe premium for the January 5-6, 2019 Mid-Atlantic MADness USDAA trial is now available on-line at the following URL:

http://www.usdaa.com/entryforms/MD0292107202.pdf

This trial is held in one ring on Sprinturf at the Oriole Dog Training Club building in Halethorpe and our judge is Tammy Domico. This is our annual laid-back tournament-only trial with all four of the tournaments spread out over 2 days:

Sat: Grand Prix/PGP, 3 Team/PVP classes (Gamblers, Standard, and Jumpers), and Masters Challenge Biathlon Standard

Sun: Masters Challenge Biathlon Jumpers, 2 Team/PVP classes (Snooker and Relay), followed by Rounds 1 & 2 of Steeplechase/PSJ

Both of this year’s new policies for Fix & Continue and Bitches in Season will be observed for this trial.  (See the premium for details concerning BIS).

Not sure what the above classes are?  Besides the titling classes one sees at regular USDAA trials, USDAA has a system of tournaments with levels (like rungs on a ladder) to progress through starting at local trials like this, leading into the regional tournaments, which lead into the quarterfinals, semi-finals, and final tournament rounds the annual World Cynosport Games which will be held in Murfreesboro, TN in 2019.  Any dog 18 months or older can enter a USDAA tournament class in either Championship (international heights) or Performance (U.S aka domestic heights).

If you are forming a team, please note that the following applies:

A Championship team is comprised of three handlers and three dogs from no more than two Championship divisions (small (10″), medium (14″/16″), large (20″/22″), extra-large (24″). A Performance pair is comprised of two handlers and two dogs from any Performance height.

In addition to the usual fun prizes for the first place teams, special prizes are also awarded to the High-Scoring Rookie teams in the DAM and PVP tournament (a ‘rookie’ team is defined as any team containing at least one dog who is showing in Starters or P1 Standard).

If you’re not sure how to form a team for this event, check out the Agility Team Finder page:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/agilityteams/

Or… you can enter as a draw and you will be placed on a team. Note when entering draw that it is often helpful to include a note about what kind of teammates you are looking for. For example, you might want teammates who will be trying to get a Q or even a placement, or you might prefer to be placed on a team with other dogs looking for more experience competing.

Entries are unlimited.

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Wrapup for the Fall 2018 Trial

DeedraSnap.PNGWonderful & Wet, in that order, summarizes this year’s trial for Saturday & Sunday respectively.  Photographer Deedra Prigel was able to capture some of the wonderful on Saturday & you should check out her album of photos.  Most dogs loved the weather on Sunday — the handlers perhaps not so much — but there were still titles to be earned.  Congrats go to:

Chris Farrance & Whisky –  Lifetime Achievement Award – Silver
Chelsea Singer & Crush- Advanced Standard Agility
Chelsea Singer & Gatsby – Starters Jumper
Courtney Holscher & Ella – Agility Dog
Cynthia Hornor & Truant – Advanced Snooker
Cynthia Hornor & Truant – Advanced Jumper
Dean Dessem & Sokoni – Advanced Snooker
Heather Kolesa & Ripley – Performance Standard Champion – Bronze
Heather Kolesa & Ripley – Performance Snooker Champion – Bronze
Julie Fitchett & Bear – Performance Dog

Full results and courses are now posted:

The Take-aways from the Mar 31-Apr 1 Easter trial

Congratulations to all of the new title holders from this trial:

Kim Manuelides & Atari, Agility Dog
Kim Manuelides & Bonnie, Advanced Snooker
Denise Visco & Gidget, Master Performance Gambler
Denise Visco & Vu, Master Gambler
Denise Visco & Vu, Snooker Master
Becky Anderson & Nakoma, Master Gambler – Gold
Cindy Hill & Moxie, Advanced Gambler
Cindy Hill & Kahlua, Relay Champion – Bronze
Sandy Morris & Jack,  Master Jumper – Platinum
Claire Schwartz & Pewter, Relay Champion – Bronze
Sally Zinkhan & Caly, Starters Performance Jumper
Sally Zinkhan & Caly, Starters Performance Gambler
Sally Zinkhan & Caly, Starters Performance Relay
Trish Dranchak & Boom, Snooker Champion – Silver
Pam Coblyn & Fenway, Advanced Performance Standard
Pam Coblyn & Fenway, Advanced Performance Agility Dog
Tracey Luggiero & Pixie, Starters Performance Jumper
Tracey Luggiero & Pixie, Starters Performance Standard
Tracey Luggiero & Pixie, Performance Agility Dog
Lisa Stevens & Jasper, Starters Standard

And – this year’s Easter Bonnet competition did not disappoint!  Here’s a selection of the awards and exhibitors from that competition.  (Categories were Easter, Maryland, and Sports).

 

 

Premium is Available for March 31 – April 1, 2018 Trial

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To enter, see the premium for the March 31 – April 1-2, 2018 Mid-Atlantic MADness USDAA trial at the following URL:

http://www.usdaa.com/entryforms/MD0292107680.pdf

Our judge is Susan Mottice from Bluffdate, UT. All levels are offered each day plus a Masters Challenge Biathlon class on Saturday and a Steeplechase on Sunday.

This trial is held in one ring at the Oriole Dog Training Club building in Halethorpe. This site offers plenty of parking, climate control, and a well maintained Sprinturf sportsfield.

Entry fees for the titling classes are the typical low cost of $14 per titling class and $28 for the two round Biathlon and $22 for the Steeplechase tournament class.

Never tried a USDAA trial before? Let the trial secretary know if you would like to have a mentor available at the trial. It’s a one-ring trial and we’ll have plenty of experienced exhibitors to give you a hand.

As with all USDAA trials, entries are unlimited, as long as the entry is received by the closing date of March 17, 2018.