United States Dog Agility Association to hold trials at FENCE April 21

Published 6:30 pm Monday, April 3, 2017

The Blue Ridge Agility Club of Western North Carolina will host a United States Dog Agility Association (USDAA) agility trial April 21-23 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will be held at the FENCE (Foothills Nature Equestrian Center) in Tryon. Spectators are welcome to attend and admission is free. Please leave your dogs comfortably at home.

Over 150 purebred and mixed bred dogs, from throughout the Southeast, will compete at various levels of difficulty, against each other and the clock.

USDAA trials include one “standard” run per day, plus four “games” – Gamblers, Pairs, Snooker and Jumpers. The dogs compete according to their experience level – Starters, Advanced and Masters – and the rules and courses become more difficult at the higher levels.

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On Sunday, the trial includes a qualification round to enter the USDAA Grand Prix. The local qualifying events lead to regional championships, which entitle the dog to enter the USDAA World Championships. Another local qualifying event will be the USDAA Steeplechase, a two-round tournament with an emphasis on speed. The Dog Agility Steeplechase championships will be held later this year.

Agility is a competitive team sport comprised of a handler and his or her dog. The object of agility is for the handler to navigate the dog through a timed obstacle course without the dog making a mistake. The agility course is comprised of jumps, weave poles, tunnels and climbing apparatuses. Agility rules focus on safety for the dog. The sport of agility combines control, training and drive into a challenging game for both the handler and the dog.

The United States Dog Agility Association (USDAA) is the world’s largest independent authority for the sport of dog agility, with more than 25,000 registered competitors and more than 200 different breeds of dogs, including mix breeds. USDAA represents more than 100 affiliated groups throughout the continental United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and Japan.

The Blue Ridge Agility Club hosts an AKC trial during the Memorial Day weekend, May 26 –29, 2017 at the Western North Carolina Agricultural Center in Fletcher, N.C.

For more information, visit blueridgeagility.com or follow on Facebook at facebook.com/Blue-Ridge-Agility-Club.

– article submitted by Blue Ridge Agility Club