BELTON — About 150 canines competed within the two-day Waco Agility Membership trial this previous weekend on the Bell County Expo Middle.
“All people is having time,” stated Christie Bowers of Rosanky, trial secretary. “Canine are operating and enjoying, everyone’s staying secure. It’s day to be a canine.”
The canines made about 350 runs in two lessons: normal and jumpers, she stated. The American Kennel Membership normal class contains jumps, however it additionally has such “contact tools” as tunnels, weaves and seesaws.
Katelyn Jones, 17, of Wylie ran her canine, Sadie, a four-year-old border collie she’s skilled for 3 years. In July 2020 they had been scheduled for the Junior Open Agility World Championship in Finland, she stated, however it was canceled because of COVID-19 issues.
“However I’m attempting once more subsequent yr for Portugal,” she stated.
Katelyn and her mom, Erica Jones, are members of the Dallas Agility Working Group, a canine coaching group. They make about two agility trials a month. Katelyn began studying about canines with the Collin County 4-H Membership, when she was 9 years outdated. A junior at Concord Faculty of Innovation in Garland, she’s aiming for an accounting diploma from Texas A&M College in Commerce.
Sadie is her second canine, she stated, and competes within the grasp’s class. Her first canine, not a purebred border collie, was good at agility, nevertheless stronger bone construction hindered him on the jumps, she stated.
“I believe you study to work with others and whereas coaching my canine I’ve fashioned a bond together with her,” she stated. “By no means quit, as a result of even when it appears not possible you may at all times discover a new coaching method.”
Her final canine used to chase his tail loads whereas within the competitors ring, she stated.
“Individuals advised me he would at all times do this,” she stated. “However over time I used to be in a position to educate him to not — simply to focus.”
Sheryl Meyer waited between runs with two feminine schipperkes, Jetta, 4, and Breezy, 1½. She and several other mates made the 10-hour journey from Kansas Metropolis, Mo.
She’s solely been in agility for 2 years and Jetta is her first canine.
“We had been at a canine park,” she stated. “This woman noticed my canine operating round like loopy and stated the canine wanted to do agility.”
A lot of the coaching is finished at house, she stated.
“Right here you discover out what your canine can’t do,” she stated. “It’s only a enjoyable sport for you and your canine.”
Carol Lautzenheiser of Arlington stated she solely met the Missouri group this weekend however has identified certainly one of them, Jacque Powell, for years. They met someplace at a canine present.
“I’ve been throughout this nation doing canine exhibits,” Lautzenheiser stated.
She began agility trials in 1993 and has been to the AKC finals many instances, she stated. She additionally does conformation, obedience, dock diving, rally and a bit herding.
“I’ve three canines,” she stated.
This weekend she introduced Monet, 4, a Belgian Tervuren, and Vegas, 8, a Papillon.
Each canines ran within the grasp’s class, she stated, however didn’t place.
“Within the grasp’s class, you may’t have any errors,” she stated. “We had errors, so we had been disqualified.”