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USDAA Letter

By Kenneth Tatsch, President

The recent release of the rules and regulations for Title Mania® is creating excitement in the agility community. Information on the event is now being published on usdaaTitleMania.com. The best way to describe this event is a “titling extravaganza” providing you an opportunity to earn multiple titles in Gamblers, Jumpers, Snooker and Standard Agility, all at one show. But more than that are the prestigious Title Mania special awards recognizing top performances for consistency. There are many great trainers and competitors deserving of recognition for their success in training reliable fundamentals and turning in consistent, top performances. See the event regulations for more details.

TitleManiaYou will be glad to know that if you have friends at other venues who’ve been reluctant to try USDAA, Title Mania is open to competitors from any agility venue. This event is a great opportunity to get them involved, as Title Mania goes beyond a regular titling event in that any handler can choose to compete at a higher level than provided for in USDAA title regulations.

Having a choice to enter a higher level for titles in Title Mania allows someone competing for years in other venues the opportunity to test their skills at the level of their comfort, accomplishment and abilities. For those not meeting the prerequisites for titles under existing USDAA regulations, any qualifications earned at Title Mania are “reserved”, meaning they count toward titles in the future, once eligibility (or special registration requirement) is met. In any case, everyone competes for Title Mania event special awards.

Fundraising continues for Team USA to participate in the 2016 IFCS World Agility Championships in April. Most competitors representing the U.S. work full-time jobs to support their families. Traveling overseas with a dog is costly, and competitors are left to their own devices to make the trip. Financial assistance through private donations and sponsorships helps reduce the burden for each team member and lets them focus on providing a safe journey for themselves and their canine teammates. USDAA’s creation of the United States Association of Cynological Sports, a non-profit 501(c)(3) public charity to which contributions are tax deductible, makes such contributions easier than ever. 

If you are able to contribute support Team USA, simply log on to donate2dogsports.org to make your tax deductible, charitable contribution. All contributions of $25 or more will be sent a Team USA lapel pin as evidence of your support. Also, you can now purchase Team USA apparel by visiting the IFCS Team USA Store. Donate2dogpsorts.org is the official website for United States Association of Cynological Sports (USACS). If you prefer to send a check or money order please make it payable to USACS, and mail to PO Box 940225, Plano, TX  75094-0225. Your support is greatly appreciated.

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Judging ClinicRules and Course Design Clinic

Mark your calendar for the next Rules and Course Design Clinic, June 30 through July 3, in St. Cloud, MN. These clinics are an excellent learning opportunity for everyone, whether you want to be a judge or simply gain insight and perspective for the game. They provide in-depth analysis of each obstacle and course designs techniques for each level of competition.

The enrollment application is available on the website.
 

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We are regularly featuring profiles of this year's IFCS Team Members and their dogs on our website and social media. Read more about team members Laurie Zurborg, Chris Tucci, Catherine Laria, Jeannette Hutchison, Shane Miller, Andy Mueller and Jody Lolich.

We'll continue to feature more team profiles over the next few weeks!
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Providing Enrichment During Dog Walks

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Upcoming Events Calendar

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

03/23 Mid-Atlantic Agility Showcase Palmyra, PA 04/08-04/10/2016
03/25 Dallas Agility Working Group Denton, TX 04/08-04/10/2016
03/25 Two Rivers Agility Club of Sacramento Woodland, CA 04/08-04/10/2016
03/26 Low Country Dog Agility Charleston, SC 04/09-04/10/2016
03/26 Leaps N Bounds Peoria, AZ 04/02-04/02/2016
03/26 Paws @ Play Santa Ynez, CA 04/09-04/10/2016
03/26 Leaps N Bounds Peoria, AZ 04/03-04/03/2016
03/27 Puerto Rico Agility Team Bayamon, PR 04/09-04/10/2016
03/28 Faithful Friends Dog Training Greenville, IN 04/02-04/02/2016
03/28 GameOn K9 Agility Middletown, NY 04/09-04/10/2016
03/28 Rainier Agility Team Elma, WA 04/09-04/10/2016
03/29 All Colorado Agility Team Greeley, CO 04/09-04/10/2016
03/30 Pawprints Agility Club Greenwood, LA 04/15-04/17/2016
03/30 BARK-NH! Manchester, NH 04/15-04/17/2016
04/01 Sirius Dog Agility Training Center Alpharetta, GA 04/15-04/17/2016
04/01 Tailwaggers Learning Center West Palm Beach, FL 04/15-04/17/2016
04/01 Contact Sports Agility Plainfield, IL 04/09-04/10/2016
04/01 First Dog Sports Payson, AZ 04/16-04/17/2016
04/03 Playing Agility With Style Greenfield, MA 04/23-04/24/2016
04/04 GameOn K9 Agility Groton, NY 04/15-04/17/2016
04/04 Center for Canine Sports, Inc. Garland, TX 04/23-04/24/2016
04/04 Redhot Rovers Langley, BC 04/15-04/17/2016
04/06 Action Dog Sports Moorpark, CA 04/15-04/17/2016
04/06 Keystone Agility Club Barto, PA 04/22-04/24/2016
04/06 Good Dog Agility Club Phoenix, AZ 04/22-04/24/2016
04/08 Salinas-Monterey Agility Racing Team Morgan Hill, CA 04/23-04/24/2016
04/08 Highest Hope Dog Sports Grand Blanc, MI 04/15-04/15/2016
04/10 High Octane Agility Barto, PA 04/29-05/01/2016
04/10 Ace Agility Club Westfield, MA 04/30-05/01/2016
04/13 Blue Ridge Agility Club Tryon, NC 04/22-04/24/2016
04/13 Wasatch Agility Farmington, UT 04/22-04/24/2016
04/13 Four Seasons K9 Athlete Center, LLC Washingtonville, OH 04/23-04/24/2016
04/15 Happy Dog Ranch Ashland City, TN 04/22-04/24/2016
04/15 Nunes Agility Field Turlock, CA 04/29-05/01/2016
04/15 Sport Agility Mexico Querétaro, QUE 04/23-04/24/2016
04/17 K-9 Sports, LLC Salem, OR 05/14-05/15/2016
04/18 Faithful Friends Dog Training Greenville, IN 04/23-04/23/2016
04/18 Fort Worth Agility Sports Team Burleson, TX 04/30-05/01/2016
04/18 Canine Sports Zone Middleton, WI 04/30-05/01/2016
04/18 Dog Agility Racing Team (DART) Moorpark, CA 04/29-05/01/2016
04/19 ARFF Agility Club, Inc. Westborough, MA 05/07-05/08/2016
04/20 MAD CO, LLC Doswell, VA 04/29-05/01/2016
04/20 Bend Agility Action Dogs Prineville, OR 04/29-05/01/2016
04/20 Agility Workout Society of Mid-Michigan Lapeer, MI 04/29-05/01/2016
04/22 Touch & Go Agility Club Barto, PA 05/06-05/08/2016





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