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.
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 http://www.usdaa.com/news.cfm.
We will be looking forward to the next IFCS World Agility Championship event, now being held annually, beginning in Italy, April 8-12, 2015.