was pleased this past month to attend the Rocky Mountain
Regional and recognize Coleen Hawker for her years of service
in developing USDAA agility in Utah. We thought it most
appropriate to recognize her on her home turf so that her
supporters and friends could be on hand for the presentation.
We were pleased to add Coleen to the USDAA Hall of Fame, which
will be more prominently displayed on our new web site due out
late this year.
Last year, we re-activated the process
for Hall of Fame nominations, which had laid dormant for a
number of years. We recognized several individuals at
Cynosport® 2015 in Morgan Hills, California, and we will
continue to make such presentations at future Cynosport® World
Games events. So this is a great time for clubs, competitors,
judges or others to make any deserving nominations for
consideration as a Hall of Fame Inductee. The application form
and criteria can be found on usdaa.com in the Forms
& Documents Library.
We are in the height of
planning for the 2015 Cynosport World Games, which will mark a
return to the equestrian facility at Middle Tennessee State
University. We are expecting a great turnout for the event and
are reworking the schedule to provide the best experience
possible. The Test Schedule for the event is expected to be
out on or about August 1st. You will want to watch
for posts on the USDAA news page, Facebook and Twitter
announcing its release.
In our planning, awards are
always a big part of our eight tournaments and other classes.
Without question, awards abound at Cynosport. A great deal of
thought and effort goes into the awards each year with
considerations on new items that hit the marketplace, while
seeking to maintain continuity to the extent possible in
providing meaningful awards.
One such award that is a
bit different from the rest has always been the unique eagle
statue, along with the eagle emblem on the awards for Team and
Versatility Pairs. The eagle is an emblem of conscious choice,
as it signifies the attributes of strength, skill, focus and
determination, all of which are needed to successfully manage
the five classes of competition in these tournaments.
Similarly, the Grand Prix has always had a racing theme with a
large trophy cup and apparel, while the Steeplechase has a
logo that incorporates an image of its roots in the equestrian
world. You will want to watch for a new logo being developed
for the Masters Challenge Biathlon tournament awards and
apparel. It will be unveiled at this year’s
Performance Versatility Pairs Medalists. Eagle statues awarded
to first place winners, with eagle emblem on plaques for
silver and bronze medalists. Pictured Left to right: Silver
Medalists Laurie Zurborg with Gumbo & Teresa Rodney with
Sprint, Gold Medalists Terry LeClair with Heath & Ashley
Deacon with Luka, and Bronze Medalists Jill Thorpe with Penny
& Maureen Flaherty with True.
Snooker with a
holidays, superheroes and astronauts. Every Snooker course is
as unique as the judge who designed it. They each come with a
variety of challenges and every competitor finds their own way
to make it through the course with the most points.
few judges have taken it upon themselves to design their
Snooker courses based on a significant event that occurred on
that day in history. Sometimes the theme is a stretch and
other times it’s right on the money. Either way, themed
Snooker courses are just one more way to test your strategy
for the game.
Stuart Mah touches on the history of
themed Snooker courses and who started it all.
Newest member of USDAA’s Hall
driving force behind Wasatch Agility, Coleen Hawker, is known
for her generosity. She not only hosts three USDAA trials a
year in the Salt Lake City, UT area, she also hosts numerous
Starters/PI and Advanced/PII only trials each year. This is a
great way to attract newcomers to USDAA agility without having
to travel great distances to earn Q’s.
group of supporters wanted to do something special for all
she’s done over the years and nominated her to USDAA’s Hall of
Fame last year. Knowing Coleen would not be attending
Cynosport to receive her award, it was decided to present her
with it during the Rocky Mountain Regional.
their successful planning efforts in pulling off the biggest
surprise ever for Coleen.
beautiful location, lush green grass, an indoor climate
controlled kenneling area and record-breaking temperatures
were all part of the fun during the Rocky Mountain Regional
Championships in June. Judges Frank Holik and Scott Lovelis
provided fun, challenging courses and lots of laughter
throughout the event.
A tradition for Wasatch Agility,
the group hosting the event, is to provide a free BBQ dinner
for all competitors on Saturday evening. All the food is
donated and prepared by Coleen Hawker’s family and is so
delicious, there are never any leftovers for lunch on
focus occurs when our dog connects with us using eye contact
instead of looking ahead at the obstacles. The key is to find
the balance between handler focus and obstacle focus – both
are skills needed for success in agility, especially in
In this four-part series, Elizabeth Dott
details the skills need to train and use handler focus while
you’re competing. Step-by-step foundation skills, teaching the
dog to “come" to us instead of away from us, adding obstacles
and then putting it all together.
This series is part
of Training Tuesdays a weekly feature on USDAA.com.
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