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Hurricane Harvey Will Not Stop DASH Agility

Dog Agility Sports of Houston (DASH) September 2017 Trial

By Stacie Greene

  • Club: Dog Agility Sports of Houston (DASH)
  • Location: North West Indoor Soccer, Houston, TX
  • Dates: September 9 & 10, 2017
  • Chair: Mary Schaff
  • Secretary: Renee King
  • Judges: Tammy Domico and Dave Visniski

Two weeks before the DASH trial in Houston, Harvey landed and wouldn't leave.  Members, including our trial secretary, evacuated. Some were stuck in their houses surrounded by water for days; some had no power and had to boil water for a week. Gas was difficult to come by throughout the state. But, we were Houston Strong and determined to hold our trial if at all possible. After confirming that the trial site and hotels did not have damage, and our club members were safe and willing and able to get to the arena, we were ready to hold the trial.

One competitor pulled out from the trial due to his house flooding. The club offered to refund his entry fees and put out a donation box to raise funds to help our fellow competitor. Competitors donated their Steeplechase winnings and some offered to match those donations and some donated for every Q and some for every title, and some, just donated. In the end we raised $1232!

This trial was the first weekend of the 2018 qualification season. We ran all of the tournament events and all titling events. The trial was held indoors on soccer turf. The trial was a great success and we were all thrilled to be dry!

The 2nd place championship team was "Putting Legitimate Pressure on Lucy" Kelsey Kirkpatrick and Legit, Marina Davydova and Lucy, and Lucy Long and Pressure.  Photo by Kelsey Kirkpatrick.

Dominique Stafford and Gigi earned their Masters Standard title. Photo by Marcella Ward.

Shawn Cossart and Sprite earned their ADCH. Photo by Shawn Cossart.

Titles earned at the DASH trial


Handler and Dog Name


Betty Bauwens and Whip

Platinum Gamblers

Lucy Long and Pressure


Shawn Cossart and Sprite

Masters Standard

Dominique Stafford and Gigi

P1 Standard

Cathy Mitchell and Mariah


Jeff Ngo and Hop


Peggy DeMers and Pailin

PIII Gamblers

Peggy DeMers and Pailin

PIII Standard

Peggy DeMers and Pailin

Masters Gamblers

Peggy DeMers and Ben

Advanced Standard

Renee Culpepper and De

Masters Standard

Alicia Bennett and Bleu

Starter Standard

Shawn Cossart and Puggers


Lois Williams and Bounce


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