USDAA, UKI dog agility trials coming to FENCE

Published 12:07 pm Thursday, April 13, 2023

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The Blue Ridge Agility Club of Western North Carolina will host a United States Dog Agility Association (USDAA) agility trial Friday, April 28 and a UKI trial on Saturday and Sunday, April 29 and 30, from 8 a.m.- 3 p.m. 

The event will be held at Foothills Equestrian Nature Center in Tryon. Spectators are welcome to attend, admission is free, bring a chair. Please leave your dogs comfortably at home.


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Purebred and mixed-breed dogs, from throughout the Southeast, will compete at various levels of difficulty, against each other and the clock.


The USDAA trial will be held on Friday, April 28. The trial includes a qualification round to enter the USDAA Grand Prix. The local qualifying events lead to regional championships, which entitled the dog to enter the USDAA World Championships. 

Another local qualifying event will be the USDAA Steeplechase, a tournament with an emphasis on speed.


The UKI trial will be held on Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30. It includes Jumping, Gamblers, Snooker and Speedstakes runs. UK Agility International is an organization that promotes the growth of agility and its standards. Reward-based dog training is encouraged in a competitive arena.  


Dogs compete according to their experience level, as the rules and courses become more difficult at the higher levels.


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 Blue Ridge Agility Club will host an American Kennel Club (AKC) agility trial during the Memorial Day weekend, May 26-29, 2023 at the Western North Carolina Agricultural Center in Fletcher, N.C.


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Submitted by Blue Ridge Agility Club