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Over Rover Training Center Holds Trial in Cato, New York

A report from on the trial on August 11-13, 2017.


By David Bozak

  • Club: Over Rover Training Center
  • Location: Cato, New York
  • Dates: August 11-13, 2017
  • Chair and Secretary: Dee Bramble
  • Judge: Evelyn Robertson

The Over Rover Training Center was founded in 1995 and has been instrumental in promoting the sport of dog agility in Central New York. Located in Cato, NY (about 25 miles northwest of Syracuse), it has always promoted a relaxed, "all dogs and competitors are welcome" atmosphere. Great ring turf, a fenced play area with a large pond and lots of room for cars, RVs and tent camping are hallmarks of Over Rover.

The August Over Rover trial took place on lush grounds and in great weather (ok, there was one brief shower on Saturday). Folks came from as far away as New Hampshire, New York City and New Jersey. The trial was also international in nature, with some Canadian competitors joining the fun!

Judge Evelyn Robertson provided us with challenging courses (which were WAY fun to run) and a relaxed and supportive attitude. While this was her first time judging at Over Rover, the competitors have told us they can't wait until she comes back!

Old dogs and young dogs alike enjoyed the camaraderie, though at least one pup wasn't impressed with the "It's your choice" game.

Several earned titles but the most excitement was generated when Rhyme earned her long sought for ADCH for Nancy Green!

Saturday night an ad-hoc potluck dinner pulled the campers together, along with Judge Evelyn. Later that evening, even though there is little light pollution at Over Rover, the clouds obscured the Perseid meteor showers.

When the trial ended, the grounds were quickly cleaned. Old and new friends departed for home with the promise to return for the September 9-10 trial with Judge Scott Lovelis. Why not come join us?

Photo Credits: David Bozak

Titles Earned:

  • Darryl Power and Joliet - Platinum LAA
  • Tina Power and Phoenix - Tournament Master
  • Joanne Klinetop and Sniper - Starter Snooker
  • Nancy Green and Rhyme - ADCH
  • Dianne Spring and Rumor - Platinum Pairs
  • Megan Maholsic and Score - AAD

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