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World Agility Championships

2007 Agility World Team Tryouts
May 4th — 7th, 2007


RESULTS

Posted Results

 

COURSES

Small Course Map

Medium Course Map

Large Course Map

 

 

Sunday

Sunday’s portion of the competition started off with Round Four, a Jumper’s course. There were many technical aspects to this course on each height level. The large dogs had a long lead-out from the start, however, this did not aid all the dogs since the speed at which the dogs were going, made the turn into the fourth jump very tough. The courses certainly required the handlers to know where they needed to be to support their partners!

Winners in the maxi dog category were:

            1st Place:        Ann Braue and Border Collie, Scream
                                      0 Faults, Time of 27.49
            2nd Place:       Kathy Lewis and Border Collie, Nyx
                                      0 Faults, Time of 28.51
            3rd Place:        Gerry Brown and Border Collie, Sterling
                                      0 Faults, Time of 28.60

Winners in the midi category were:

            1st Place:       Lori Michaels and Shetland Sheepdog, Skye
                                      0 Faults, Time of 26.42
            2nd Place:       Karen Holik and Shetland Sheepdog, Sizzle
                                      0 Faults, Time of 27.44
            3rd Place:        Ashley Deacon and Pyrenean Shepherd, Luka
                                      0 Faults, Time of 27.82

Winners in the mini category were:

            1st Place:        Marcy Mantell and Shetland Sheepdog, Wave
                                      0 Faults, Time of 26.66
            2nd Place:       Melanie Del Villaggio and Shetland Sheepdog, Dara
                                      0 Faults, Time of 27.32
            3rd Place:        Dee Anna Gamel and Shetland Sheepdog, Kelsi
                                      0 Faults, Time of 27.90

Next up was the final round of the competition. The standard course had a central area of jumps and tunnels that encompassed many different challenges. The handlers certainly needed to utilize all their skills to insure their dogs knew exactly where to go. It was very interesting to see the different ways in which the teams negotiated this fascinating and exciting course. Everyone gave their all and pushed to the limit making for an electrifying final round.

Winners in the midi category were:

            1st Place:        Ashley Deacon and Pyrenean Shepherd, Luka
                                      0 Faults, Time of 35.22
            2nd Place:       Lori Michaels and Shetland Sheepdog, Skye
                                      0 Faults, Time of 35.46
            3rd Place:        Deb Erb and Shetland Sheepdog, Seeker
                                      0 Faults, Time of 36.77

Winners in the mini category were:

            1st Place:        Marcy Mantell and Shetland Sheepdog, Wave
                                      0 Faults, Time of 30.84
            2nd Place:       Melanie Del Villaggio and Shetland Sheepdog, Dara
                                      0 Faults, Time of 32.28
            3rd Place:        Joan Meyer and Shetland Sheepdog, Neil
                                      0 Faults, Time of 32.49

Winners in the maxi category were:

            1st Place:        Elicia Calhoun and Border Collie, BreeSea
                                      0 Faults, Time of 35.25
            2nd Place:       Daisy Peel and Border Collie, Jester
                                      0 Faults, Time of 35.56
            3rd Place:        Linda Mecklenburg and Border Collie, Stellar
                                      0 Faults, Time of 36.09

The final team members won their way onto the team by way of placement points that were awarded throughout the two days of competition for each round. Placement Point Winners were as follows:

Maxi class:

            1st Place:        Ann Braue and Border Collie, Spree
                                      Overall Placement Points: 26
            2nd Place:       Linda Mecklenburg and Border Collie, Stellar
                                      Overall Placement Points: 24
            3rd Place:        Carrie Jones and Border Collie, Jive
                                      Overall Placement Points: 20

Mini class:

            1st Place:        Melanie Del Villaggio and Shetland Sheepdog, Dara
                                      Overall Placement Points: 22
            2nd Place:       Marcy Mantell and Shetland Sheepdog, Wave
                                      Overall Placement Points: 18
            3rd Place:        Dee Anna Gamel and Shetland Sheepdog, Kelsi
                                      Overall Placement Points: 8

Midi class:

            1st Place:        Ashley Deacon and Pyrenean Shepherd, Luka
                                      Overall Placement Points: 20
            2nd Place:       Karen Holik and Shetland Sheepdog, Sizzle
                                      Overall Placement Points: 15
            3rd Place:        Lori Michaels and Shetland Sheepdog, Skye
                                      Overall Placement Points: 11

Please join us in congratulating the members of Team Norway for 2007!!

Melanie Del Villaggio and Dara

Karen Holik and Sizzle

Carrie Jones and Jive

Marcy Mantell and Wave

Lori Michaels and Skye

Ann Braue and Spree

The balance of the sixteen members for the World Team will be selected by June 1st. 

We would also like to thank all of the awesome volunteers that helped to make this event go so smoothly!!

 

Saturday

Saturday’s competition started off with Round One and the dogs attacked the Standard course with zeal. The course had many difficult handling elements, including approach angles, pull-throughs and areas where the dog would need to work well ahead of the handler. One area that the dogs seemed to have some trouble with was the off course jump prior to the open tunnel and more than a few took the off course broad jump on the way to the weave pole entry, and judge Dan Dege was there to see it all!

The course for the maxi dogs, judged by Terry Smorch, was a bit different than the course for the mini and midi dogs with the large dog teams having some similar challenges and some very different ones as well. The multiple options after the tire jump gave numerous dogs a bit of trouble and a few took the wrong end of the open tunnel with their long jumping strides.

Winners in the mini dog category were:

            1st Place:        Dee Anna Gamel and Shetland Sheepdog, Kelsie
                                      0 Faults, Time of 34.23
            2nd Place:       Melanie Del Villaggio and Shetland Sheepdog, Dara
                                      0 Faults, Time of 34.38
            3rd Place:        Andrea Samuels and Papillon, Sparkle
                                      0 Faults, Time of 35.09

Winners in the midi category were:

            1st Place:        Ashley Deacon and Pyrenean Shepherd, Luka
                                      0 Faults, Time of 33.65
            2nd Place:       Karen Holik and Shetland Sheepdog, Sizzle
                                      0 Faults, Time of 33.67
            3rd Place:        Laurene Galgano and Shetland Sheepdog, Token
                                      0 Faults, Time of 35.18

Winners in the maxi category were:

            1st Place:        Carrie Jones and Border Collie, Jive
                                      0 Faults, Time of 33.42
            2nd Place:       Ginsey St. Croix and Border Collie, Star
                                      0 Faults, Time of 34.25
            3rd Place:        Linda Mecklenburg and Border Collie, Stellar
                                      0 Faults, Time of 34.55

 

Next up was Round Two Jumpers with the Midi dogs up first, followed by the Maxi dogs and Mini dogs bring up the rear. In the early part of the course, a two-seventy/serpentine combination into the off-side open tunnel needed some special attention by the handlers as well as a tough situation on how to handle the wrap into the chute. For those who traversed it well, it was a wonderful sight to see!

Winners in the midi category were:

            1st Place:        Ashley Deacon and Pyrenean Shepherd, Luka
                                      0 Faults, Time of 32.45
            2nd Place:       Joy Bishop and Shetland Sheepdog, Keen
                                      0 Faults, Time of 32.58
            3rd Place:        Karen Holik and Shetland Sheepdog, Sizzle
                                      0 Faults, Time of 32.86

Winners in the maxi category were:

            1st Place:        Jef Blake and Border Collie, Voucher
                                      0 Faults, Time of 31.57
            2nd Place:       Lisa Bowers and Border Collie, Slick
                                      0 Faults, Time 32.39
            3rd Place:        Bridget McKnight and Border Collie, Kestrel
                                      0 Faults, Time of 32.59

Winners in the mini category were:

            1st Place:        Melanie Del Villaggio and Shetland Sheepdog, Dara
                                      0 Faults, Time of 29.97
            2nd Place:       Marcy Mantell and Shetland Sheepdog, Wave
                                      0 Faults, time of 30.12
            3rd Place:        Andrea Samuels and Papillon, Sparkle
                                      0 Faults, Time of 31.05

To finish out the day, Round Three was a standard class which began with a twisty jumpers-type opening which gave way to lots of speed over the contact obstacles. Each team went all out and the crowd cheered each and every one in the spirit of this fun sport.

Winners in the maxi category were:

            1st Place:        Jef Blake and Border Collie, Voucher
                                      0 Faults, Time of 30.17
            2nd Place:       Ginsey St. Croix and Border Collie, Star
                                      0 Faults, Time of 30.30
            3rd Place:        Kathy Lewis and Border Collie, Nyx
                                      0 Faults, Time of 30.85

Winners in the mini category were:

            1st Place:        Melanie Del Villaggio and Shetland Sheepdog, Dara
                                      0 Faults, Time of 32.25
            2nd Place:       Marcy Mantell and Shetland Sheepdog, Wave
                                      0 Faults, Time of 33.08
            3rd Place:        Joan Meyer and Shetland Sheepdog, Neil
                                      0 Faults, Time of 33.37

Winners in the midi category were:

            1st Place:        Joy Bishop and Shetland Sheepdog, Keen
                                      0 Faults, Time of 32.30
            2nd Place:       Karen Holik and Shetland Sheepdog, Sizzle
                                      0 Faults, Time of 32.60
            3rd Place:        Laurene Galgano and Shetland Sheepdog, Token
                                      0 Faults, Time of 32.63

Cumulative winners were as follows:

Maxi class:

            1st Place:        Carrie Jones and Border Collie, Jive
                                      Overall Faults: 0,  Overall Time: 98.49
            2nd Place:       Linda Mecklenburg and Border Collie, Stellar
                                      Overall Faults: 0, Overall Time: 100.06
            3rd Place:        Ann Braue and Border Collie, Spree
                                      Overall Faults: 0, Overall Time: 100.81

Mini class:

            1st Place:        Melanie Del Villaggio and Shetland Sheepdog, Dara
                                      Overall Faults: 0, Overall Time: 96.60
            2nd Place:       Andrea Samuels and Papillon, Chase
                                      Overall Faults: 0, Overall Time: 103.51
            3rd Place:        Andrea Samuels and Papillon, Sparkle
                                      Overall Faults: 10, Overall Time: 100.37

Midi class:

            1st Place:        Ashley Deacon and Pyrenean Shepherd, Luka
                                      Overall Faults: 0, Overall Time: 98.88
            2nd Place:       Karen Holik and Shetland Sheepdog, Sizzle
                                      Overall Faults: 0, Overall Time: 99.13
            3rd Place:        Laurene Galgano and Shetland Sheepdog, Token
                                      Overall Faults: 0, Overall Time: 102.99

Please join us in congratulating the members of Team Norway for 2007!!

Melanie Del Villaggio and Dara

Karen Holik and Sizzle

Carrie Jones and Jive

 

Friday

You don’t have to be Scandinavian to tryout for Norway! Numerous outstanding dogs and handlers from around the country have gathered in Hopkins, Minnesota to test their metal at the world team tryouts held at the Hopkins Soccer Arena.

Team Coach Nancy Gyes and Assistant Coach Kathie Leggett prepared a series of practice stations that reflected much of the European course design flair. Each team was given two minutes at each of three stations to be used in any manner they deemed best to utilize the time given them. Many teams had coaches accompany them to aid in best usage of their time and for immediate feedback on obstacle performance and handling technique.

Many teams were veterans at the tryouts and many were new to the process, but no matter what, excitement and anticipation was evident in the air.

A welcome reception was held at 6:00 pm with snacks for all.  The all important running order draw was held.  Coach, Nancy had bone luggage tags from Doggone Good Company that were numbered and when drawn, was the order in which the teams would run on Saturday in the first round.  The handlers drawing number one were cheered loudly.  Lorrie Abbott, ABBA Dogs, donated luggage tags that had the AKC Tryouts logo and handlers name and address as a special gift for all.  Brad Zacho donated first place prizes of a USA leash for the weekend.

The special surprise announced was a number of people who made monetary donations to the world team.  Susan Crank, Gayle York (Bow Wow video), John Peterson and many others showed their support of the world team.