last trial of the 2009 season. We decided to have it at San
Martin again in the covered arena just in case of bad weather.
The only bad weather was Friday during set up, so we lucked
out. It was quite cool and breezy, especially on Saturday.
It was quite nice for the folks outside in the sun.
Those of us inside were a little chilly.
We had quite a few teams that were new to agility and a few old faces
that we had not seen in a while. It was a fun trial.
Judge Roger Coor set up some really challenging
courses that were fun to think about.
Trial committee was:
Chair/Grounds: Jean Danver
Awards: Arnita Bowman
Secretary: Dave Connet
Chief Course Builder: Susan Laursen
Chief Ring Steward: Maralise Howze
Hospitality: Mona Nichols
Chief Scorekeeper: Marcia Hodes
RV Czar: Arnita Bowman
Equipment Transportation/NT Raffle: Donna Highstreet
trial had five classes each
day. Being the last trial of the season, the Silver
Buckle awards were determined and awarded. There was some
hot competition. None of the winners were determined until
the second day and one group, open, was not determined until the last
run of the day.
We had "NQ" raffles on Saturday and
which were big
hits, as usual.
Debbie Ogg and her Corgie, Porsche, earned their ATCH on the first
regular run of the day on Saturday. Porsche put on a great
show running around to celebrate. That was not the only
celebration. Nicole Watts and her daughter, Ally, had a
retirement party for their Aussie, Pasha, complete with cake and
a poetry contest. Donna Highstreet was the winner of the poetry
Porsche getting a good look at her ATCH
with Debbie Ogg and judge Roger Coor
HIT had some very close results going down to the last class
of the day before the actual results were known.
High in Trial Winners were:
Junior- Janelle Farkas with Taxi (Aussie)
Veteran - Donna Highstreet with Star (Aussie)
Elite - Debbie Ogg with Porsche (Corgie)
Open - Mona Nichols with Sunny (Aussie)
Novice - Peter Sakia with Lucky (Aussie)
Mona Nichols & Sunny (Open), Peter Sakai & Lucky (Novice),
Judge Roger Coor, Debbie Ogg & Porsche (Elite),
Donna Highstreet & Star (Veteran), Janelle Farkas & Taxi (Jr. Handler - not pictured)
Arnita had a great
display for the Silver Buckles. This year the collars were
black and small enough so the dogs could actually wear them.
To win the Silver Buckle a dog had to have the most number of
Qs (dirty Qs counted as 1/2) in their category over the four trials
that PASA sanctioned. The categories were Elite, Open,
Novice, Veteran and Jr. Handler. Each dog's category was
determined by the category of their first regular Q. So,
even, if the dog moved up over the season they still remained in the
category of their 1st Q for the Silver Buckle. The 2009
Novice: Neva Perrotta & Ranger (Australian Cattle Dog)
Open: Maralise Howze & Jemima (Aussie)
Elite : Jean Danver & Chaps (Aussie) - His 4th win
Veteran: Donna Highstreet & Star (Aussie)
Jr. Handler: Janelle Farkas & Taxi (Aussie)