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By Kenneth Tatsch

I 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 event.

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2014 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.

Welcome Language

Snooker with a Theme

Birthdays, 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.

A 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 of Fame

The 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.

Coleen’s core 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.

Read about their successful planning efforts in pulling off the biggest surprise ever for Coleen.


Rocky Mountain Regional

A 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 Sunday!


Handler Focus

Handler 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 Snooker!

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.


Upcoming Events Calendar

Watch out for these events with entries closing in the coming weeks:

Dates Host Group Location Closing Date
07/31-08/02/2015 TNT Dog Center Midland, MI 07/24
08/07-08/09/2015 Willamette Agility Group Brownsville, OR 07/26
07/25-07/26/2015 Club-Doggie Queen Creek, AZ 07/26
08/15-08/16/2015 Santa Barbara Flyers Goleta, CA 07/26
08/15-08/16/2015 Touch & Go Agility Club Frederick, MD 07/27
08/08-08/09/2015 Contact Sports Agility Loves Park, IL 07/27
08/07-08/09/2015 Front Range Agility Club (FRAC) Laramie, WY 07/27
08/07-08/09/2015 Over Rover Training Center Cato, NY 07/27
08/14-08/16/2015 Sirius Dog Agility Training Center Perry, GA 07/29
08/15-08/16/2015 Pawsitive Partners Dog Training Center Indianapolis, IN 07/31
08/14-08/16/2015 Casa de Canine of Greater Kansas City, LLC New Century, KS 08/03
08/22-08/23/2015 Canine Sports Zone Middleton, WI 08/04
08/22-08/23/2015 Lehigh Valley Dream Weaver Agility Club Barto, PA 08/05
08/23-08/23/2015 Fetch Sam! San Jose, CA 08/07
08/22-08/23/2015 IncrediPAWS Pataskala, OH 08/10
08/29-08/30/2015 Ace Agility Club Westfield, MA 08/10
08/22-08/23/2015 Happy Dog Agility Moorpark, CA 08/12
08/29-08/30/2015 Salinas-Monterey Agility Racing Team Prunedale, CA 08/14
08/28-08/30/2015 First Dog Sports Phoenix, AZ 08/17
08/28-08/30/2015 Southeastern Agility Gainesville, GA 08/17
08/29-08/30/2015 Agility in Manitoba RM of Springfield, MB 08/17
08/29-08/30/2015 Branchwater Training Center Reisterstown, MD 08/17
08/28-08/29/2015 Blue Ribbon K-9 Training Center Calhoun, LA 08/19
08/22-08/22/2015 Faithful Friends Dog Training Borden, IN 08/20
09/04-09/07/2015 The Bay Team Prunedale, CA 08/21
09/05-09/06/2015 ARFF Agility Club, Inc. Westford, MA 08/21
09/05-09/07/2015 Countryside Agility LLC Erie, PA 08/22
09/05-09/07/2015 Puerto Rico Agility Team Bayamon, PR 08/23
09/04-09/06/2015 Carolina Piedmont Agility Colfax, NC 08/24
09/12-09/13/2015 Flexible Flyers Agility Group Barto, PA 08/24
08/28-08/30/2015 All Dogs Can Agility Lapeer, MI 08/24
09/05-09/06/2015 Orchard Hills Barto, PA 08/24
09/05-09/06/2015 Boone County Dog Sport Poplar Grove, IL 08/24
09/11-09/13/2015 Riverside Canine Center N. Smithfield, RI 08/25
09/12-09/13/2015 Pawprints Agility Club Greenwood, LA 08/26
09/11-09/13/2015 Top Notch Canines LLC Phoenix, AZ 08/31
09/11-09/13/2015 Teamworks Dog Training, LLC Youngsville, NC 08/31
09/19-09/20/2015 Playing Agility With Style Greenfield, MA 08/31
09/12-09/13/2015 Over Rover Training Center Cato, NY 08/31
09/11-09/13/2015 Boise Agility Runners & Climbers Caldwell, ID 08/31

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