Dog Moms’ Weekend – Trial Wrapup

The K9 Corps Agility trials at Dogwood Acres just keep getting better!  This weekend we enjoyed the company of dog handlers from six states (including as far away as Arizona and Kansas), two and a half days of agility fun – and FIVE championship level award ribbons went home with truly exceptional dog / handler teams.

Thanks to all who participated – because of you “coming to play” our weeks of preparations were well worth the time, energy, expense, and effort!  It was great seeing such a variety of dogs at all levels just having fun while doing their best with their handlers!

Congratulations to the “High in Trial” teams:

Elite Standard: ‘Rita with Jeff Riedl (160 pts.)

Elite Vet: ZouZou with Marsha Orrick (120 pts.)

Open: Henry with Katie Kiel (110 pts.)

Open Vet: Makwa with Kazuko Stone (70 pts.)

Novice: Tucker with Sandi Schaible (120 pts.)

Novice Vet: Max-i-mum with LInda Heaton (70 pts.)

Intro: Marnie with Ross Rysewyk (90 points) tied Bravo with Kyle Wagner (90 points) … Marnie had faster overall times as the tie-breaker.

Intro – Junior Handler: Pepper with Hayden MacDonald (115 pts.)

Intro Vet: Atari with Meg Schmieder (20 pts.)

Each dog’s High in Trial division is determined by the level at which they ran Regular Agility for the weekend.  Points accumulated at any level in all classes count toward their H.I.T. points.

Congratulations also go out to our “Big Ribbon” teams this weekend:

Jan Moran and Khali completed their first NATCH and Versatility NATCH awards!

Marsha Orrick and ZouZou took home (to Kansas) ribbons for NATCH 6 and Versatility NATCH 6.

And a new participant this time around (also from Kansas), Elizabeth Baker with Aiden earned NATCH 4, and their very first All Around NATCH.

We enjoyed watching so many fast and flowing runs from these teams – thanks for inspiring us to train to our “next level”!


There were many, many impressive runs and personal victories for the local teams who are early in their Agility Journey, with a good deal of encouragement and mutual support on the grounds for these “teams on the rise”!  THAT is why we set out to host trials – to create a great environment at our events, and from that standpoint this weekend was absolutely a win for everyone here at K9 Corps Agility!

A very special thank you to those who kept the event running smoothing this weekend.  Not only do we owe a thanks to the event participants who so willingly jumped in and helped when we called for bar-setters, leash runner, or course building assistance … but also to those who had “dedicated” assignments including Meg Schmieder who handled our scoring and Mary Flanderka who headed up our course building.

We were also quite fortunate to have several people who came out just to make it a better weekend for all … they had no “dog in the show”, including Dave Edwards who chipped in with many of the logistical tasks including course building, Laurie Edwards who was our assigned “Ribbon Fairy”, Jen Novotny and Bill LaBeau who got more than their fair share of “steps” while leash running, Mary Mueller who assisted with the setup duties on Thursday evening prior to the show and Cheri Riedl who handled check-in, hospitality, and scribed the “big classes” where all levels were running intermixed.

Finally, we would be remiss if we didn’t offer up a HUGE THANK YOU to our judge, Patti Cavin, who flew in from the Seattle, WA area to officiate the festivities.  Patti’s endless encouragement, positive energy, and helpful education just made everyone feel at ease and every dog happier because their handlers were in such a great state of mind.


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