All trial documents including the Confirmation, Estimated Schedule, and a draft Running Order for the Mid-Atlantic MADness New Year’s trial is now available for viewing/download at http://www.midatlanticmadness.com. See the menu items under the Trial Documents menu.
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
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.
Wonderful & 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:
- Results – Sat Ring 1 (Masters/P3 and Grand Prix/PGP)
Results – Sat Ring 2 (Starters/P1/Advanced/P2/Intro and Steeplease/PSJ)
- Results – Sun Ring 1 (Masters/P3 and Masters Challenge Biathlon)
Results – Sun Ring 2 ((Starters/P1/Advanced/P2/Intro)
- Results – Sun Masters Challenge Biathlon
- Course diagrams
Trial documents for this year’s Mid-Atlantic Agility Showcase and USDAA Regional are starting to be posted on the following page:
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).
For those of you coming to the trial on Sunday, Becky Anderson is again organizing an Easter bonnet competition. Demonstrate your creative agility and enter you or your dog’s bonnet in one of three different thematic categories: Easter, Maryland or favorite sports team.
See the previous post on this trial for more information 🙂