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:


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:


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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