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By Kenneth Tatsch

USDAA PresidentThis special edition of the OVERview is dedicated to the 2014 IFCS World Agility Championships. We are pleased that Team USA won 14 medals and represented the United States well, placing a solid second in the medal count. I want to take this opportunity to say "Thank you!" to each member of Team USA, including coach Rachel Sanders, who worked extremely hard in a very competitive field. The videotaped event can now be found on  www.cynosport.TV.

                                    Terry Smorch and Presto helped represent the United States in the Netherlands.

In the closing ceremony of the event, the IFCS flag was passed from the Netherlands to Italy. We will be looking forward to the 2015 IFCS World Agility Championships event in Italy, April 8-12. The event will continue to run in one ring despite the expected large entry. Instead, the World Agility Championships will be extended an extra day. Team USA selections for the 2015 event will be based upon results from the 2014 Cynosport® World Games (in Morgan Hill, California, in October) and the IFCS Championship of the Americas (in Perry, Georgia, in November). Consult the USDAA Tournament Regulations for team selection rules.

During the closing ceremonies, Italy was awarded the IFCS World Agility Championships flag for the next event.

2014 IFCS World Agility Championships Overview

The IFCS World Agility Championships took place May 8-11 in the Netherlands. With 18 countries in attendance, the competition was fierce as competitors battled it out on Agility, Jumpers, Gamblers, and Snooker courses.

Stacy Peardot-Goudy and Sobe tackling the course.

The team representing the US was made up of four height teams, with 19 handlers and 20 dogs traveling to the event. Team USA was made up of: 12" (30cm) team members Andy Mueller and Crackers, Daneen Fox and Masher, Ivette White and Zip, Monique Plinck and Tiki, Linda Womer and Sonic, Mike Padgett and Kona (Alternate); 16" (40cm) team members Stacy Bols and Krusher, Maureen Waldron and Michael, Jenn Crank and Kaboo, Jennifer Thomas and Rodeo, and Giuliana Lund and Zuri; 22" (55cm) team members Mary Ellen Barry and Maizy, Paulena-Renee Simpson and Graphite, Jeannette Hutchison and Rumble, Kate Moureaux and Smart, and Stacy Peardot-Goudy and Sobe; and 26" (65cm) team members Lori Michaels and Solei, Desiree Snelleman and Pace, Terry Smorch and Presto, Ashley Anderson and Psi, Jenn Crank and Sonic, and Jamie Herren and Zip (Alternate). Giuliana and Zuri and Stacy and Sobe replaced Jen Pinder and Britain and Lisa Kucharski and Finesse (respectively), who could not compete due to injury.

Team USA

US team members came from all walks of life and various parts of the country. While some of them teach agility for a living, many other occupations were represented, including veterinarian, veterinary technician, humanities professor, residency coordinator, family office manager, business system analyst, office manager, and dairy nutritionist and technical support manager. The team was accompanied by Coach Rachel Sanders, assistant Loretta Mueller, USDAA President Kenneth Tatsch, USDAA Vice President Andy Hartman, and family, friends, and other supporters.

Andy Mueller and Crackers with all their bling.

Team USA finished second in the overall medal count, bringing in 14, behind Russia's impressive 33. Canada earned eight medals, finishing in third. A few Americans medaled more than once, including Andy Mueller and Crackers, who stood in either Gold or Silver position the podium an unbelievable six times. Maxi Dog Biathlon Overall Champion Desiree Snelleman and Pace also earned more than one medal. The USA Triathlon team finished in a just-out-of-the-medals fourth place, which they took with good humor.

Team USA was so close to making it on the Triathlon podium!

Overall, the event was exciting, with lots of camaraderie and great agility. For extensive event coverage, including courses, photos, and results, visit

We will be looking forward to the next IFCS World Agility Championship event, now being held annually, beginning in Italy, April 8-12, 2015.

IFCS World Agility Championships Video on Demand

The 2014 IFCS World Agility Championships can be viewed as Video On Demand for $10 on Don't miss your chance to watch, learn from, and enjoy agility at it's highest level!

Watch Team USA on VOD!

Training Corner: IFCS World Agility Championships Jumping Individual

By Elizabeth Dott

Try this breakdown of the first part of the IFCS World Agility Championship Jumping Individual course to help you practice the challenge of international agility.

#1 to #3 might look like a great place for a lead out. You could lead out here, but if I wanted a tight turn from #3 to #4, I would opt to hang back a bit beginning from between #1 and #2. This is so you can show collection using deceleration into the turn to #4 from #3. I would begin my deceleration halfway between #2 and #3. I would also be bringing my inside arm up to signal my turning cue if I was doing a Ketschker turn (a front cross, where I turn into my dog to change sides, to a blind cross, where I turn my back to my dog while changing sides), picking the dog up on my left side into the weave poles.

If I was opting for a post turn (a simple turn to the right where my dog and are both going the same direction), I would begin to close my shoulders instead of bringing my turning arm up to signal the turn. My shoulder closure would begin to the right between #2 and #3, ending with my dog headed to #4 on my left side.

With my dog on my left into the weave poles, I have a few options for #6. I can use my lateral motion (a pull to the left or right gradually from the line the dog is traveling) to pull to the right so my dog understands he is coming out of the weave poles to the right side of the tunnel. Another option is to blind cross or front cross at the end of the weave poles, putting my dog on my right side for a push to the correct side of the tunnel.

Once my dog is in the tunnel, I want to move quickly into position for a front cross or a blind cross in between #7 and #8. Make sure you support the area between #6-#7 with your right arm as you move into position for your chosen cross. I would be driving into the right side of the stanchion at #7 to make sure my cross was not too shallow. Your front cross line would be from the right side of stanchion #7 to the right side of stanchion #8 (left side if you are looking at your map face on). If you stay on this invisible line, your front cross should be quite effective.

For more training ideas based on this course (and a larger version of the course map), click here.

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