Rally and Agility –
December 12, 2005 – Canine
Agility, which we saw last week, is an
exciting sport – not just for the dogs and their handlers, but
for the audience
as well. As is often the case at the GDCA Nationals, there are scheduling
conflicts which force us to choose between viewing the "Performance Sports"
or attending the Futurity Competition and/or the Educational
Seminars. Unfortunately, we can't be two places at once, although some
people have been known to try.
Although I can't offer you
photos from the Obedience and Rally events, they should not
be ignored. Again, just as
did last week, JP Yousha volunteered to help us out:
RALLY & AGILITY RESULTS FROM THE NATIONAL
This an informal synopsis of the results from the 2005 GDCA National.
I think I have the correct results for most all the trial information.
I did my best and hope there are no significant mistakes.
Thirty five (35) Danes (some with multiple entries) were entered
in the Obedience Trial. The 2005 GDCA HIT (High In Trial) DANE was
CHROMA Gamble N Rose CDX RN, with a 194: (BISS Ch. Dreamspinner's Cash'N'Carry
x O-NAC NJC CHROMA Trompe L'oeil CD OA NAJ NJP TDIA CGC) owned and
trained by Dina Whitehouse of El Paso, TX, and bred by JP Yousha. Dina
"Rosie" were HIT at the AZ Specialty as well, and achieved
that feat both times from Open A while completing Rosie's CDX with
legs. And in the intermittent day Rosie also completed her RN (Rally
Novice) title at the National's first ever Rally Trial, so
they went home with two new titles. (Several others completed titles
at the National, but unfortunately I don't have a complete list.)
There was no HC (High Combined) winner this year. There were no qualifiers
in Utility, but we did have three dogs do credibly in the "Futility" class.
In Open B there were 3 entered and 1 qualifier: MACH Desertwood's
LV Mr. Bojangles CDX RN, owned and trained by Zee Marie and F. Moss
(bred by Linda Reese) with a 181.5. In Open A there were 3 qualifiers
(and 7 trialed!) with Rosie gaining 1st with a 194.
Second in Open A was Kappadane's Rhythm In Blu CD, handled
by owner John Agey, and bred by co- owner Liz Kappash. Third in
Open A was CHROMA-Orion Of The Red Bluff, CD RE NA NAJ, handled
by owner Carrie Burns, M.D., and bred by JP Yousha. In Novice
B, 1st place with a 181.5 was Kappadane's Bad To The Bone CD, owned
by Lisa DeLuca and the breeder, Liz Kappash; in Novice A,
1st place was Scooby Doo, handled by owner Joan Keif with a 170.
A total of 14 were entered in Novice.
classes there were the following results: in Pre Novice there were
5 entered and
all qualified, with Ch. Kappadane's Terminator Too going 1st with a
192. This young blue is owned by Liz Kapash and M.J. Jones, bred
by Liz & Kathleen Holland, Patsy Meehan. Graduate Novice was won
by the Carrie Burn's CHROMA dog "Orion" with a 188. There
were *TWO* obedience teams fielded: one from local members of the AZ
Dane Drill Team, and a second team made of Harlequin-bred dogs owned
by Sandy Schneider, Linda Huckaba, Carrie Burns, and Dina Whitehouse.
Both teams did a beautiful job. The Harl team won with a total team
score of 680. For those who have never seen an Obedience Team, this
is a spectacular event, especially with Great Danes: 4 dogs and
4 handlers perform a series of Novice and Open obedience exercises
while all synchronized together as a team. To see such team competition
at the National was a wonderful thing!
was a popular choice with Dane folks, with a total of 34 entries. This
is the first time we have
had Rally at the National, as this sport only became official in January
2005. It is the AKC's fastest growing competition, and fielded more
entries and trial for the AKC in the first month of competition than
agility (another popular sport) did in the whole first year! In Rally
Excellent B, 4 Danes were entered and 3 qualified. First place was
Payaso's Ringo Starr v Witzn CDX RE TD with a 98. Ringo is owned and
by Sandy Scheider, and was bred by co-owner Cindy Harwin. Second was Venus
Wilson-Caprata, owned by Helen Barbeau, and bred by Barbara Caprata
and Toni Wilson. Third was the CHROMA dog "Orion," handled
by owner Carrie Burns, M.D. In Rally Advanced there were 7 entered
and at least 6 qualified. 1st place went to Sandy Schneider's "Ringo" again
with another 98. Second was Helen Barbeau with her Capstone's
Melody. Third was Zee Marie's "Bo," and 4th was again the
CHROMA dog "Orion." Everyone in Rally Novice (A & B)
qualified: a total of 20 entered. First in Novice B was another
dog Helen Barbeau bred and owns called Capstone's Wellington with a
99. Two Kappanedane dogs went 2nd and 3rd with 98's: CH Kappadane's
Reach For the Sky, CD, and Kappadane's Rhythym in Blue, CD. Fourth
with a 97 was the HIT dog "Rosie." First in Novice A was
Zia's Just-N-Time v Bonehenge with a 98; bred & co-owned by Julie
Gray DVM and owned and handled by Monika Olbrisch. Second was
Liz Kappash's "Terminator Too;" 3rd was CH Longo's Cosmo
Noble Legacy, bred by Tootie Longo and owned by Lena & Erik Skov,
and 4th was Joan Keif's Scooby Doo.
had 16 dogs entered. Four Danes qualified: Bonnie, Bo & Morgan
in ICS Jumpers with Bonnie 1st in that class. Bonnie again was 1st
and the only qualifier in
Excellent Jumpers, then Bo & Morgan Q'd in Excellent Standard with
Morgan 1st. Nobody qualified in any Open class. Nobody qualified
in Novice Jumpers or any of the Preferred classes. Newton was
the single qualifier in Novice Std. Bonnie is Dynklind Fairhaired Bonniblu
AX MXJ, handled by Jean Liebmann. Bo is MACH Desertwood's
LV Mr. Bojangles CDX RN, handled by Zee Marie. Morgan is MACH Morgan "Danger" Powers
CD, handled by Keri Caraher. Newton is Holz Mr. Las Vegas, handled
by Stephanie Holz. (Breeder & owner listings for agility were not
completed, so are not reported.)
to all the qualifiers, and bravo to all the participants!
There is a wealth of information about
Obedience, Rally and Agility on the AKC's web site. Here are some good
places to begin:
Started in Obedience – Why Train your Dog?
Started in Rally – What is Rally?
is Agility? It's the Fastest Growing Dog Sport in the US!
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