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Introducing the 2013 USA Agility Junior European Open Team

Over the past few years, it seems that more and more young handlers have taken quite an interest in the performance side of the dog sport. Young agility competitors have proven time and time again that they can compete in the “big leagues.” To showcase just what they are made of, certain events are organized for those juniors who work so hard with their dogs.

For the second year in a row, a few select juniors will represent the U.S. at the Agility Junior European Open competition. I am excited to introduce you to this year’s team members.

Tryssa Ellis deRuyter and her All-American dog Ace will compete in the large-dog category.

Tryssa deRuyter and her agility dogs. Photo courtesy of Tryssa Ellis deRuyter.

Winning a spot in the medium-dog category are Claire O’Neil and her Keeshond Ama.

Team member Claire O’Neil, with her dog, Ama, is pictured with USA team coach Chris Ott, at left, and team manager Frankie Joiris. Photo by Kayla Bertagnolli.

In the small-dog category, Jessica Vanden Langenberg and her Boston Terriers, Mayhem and Stormy, will represent the U.S.

Jessica Vanden Langenberg with her Boston Terrier Mayhem. Photo courtesy of Jessica Vanden Langenberg.

The three young handlers and their coach, Chris Ott, and team manager, Frankie Joiris, will travel to Wichtrach, Switzerland, for this year’s competition, which takes place on July 13 and 14.

For more details on this event and to find out how to keep up with current news, visit the 2013 Agility Junior European Open website.

Also be sure to “like” Team USA on Facebook, where updates will be posted along with ways to support these talented upcoming stars!

Let’s send lots of good vibes and a positive attitude to Team USA as its members prep for the big event. And “congrats” to Jessica, Claire and Tryssa on making the team!

Be sure to send your congratulations with a comment below that shows your love for these great handlers!

See I told you, (Agility) Dogs Freakin’ Rule!

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Kayla Bertagnolli is a 23-year-old from Ogden, UT, who's been involved in the dog show world her whole life. A former junior handler who learned about breeding Beagles from her mother Leah, she assisted several professional handlers and is currently working to become a Junior Showmanship judge. Kayla is passionate about photography and writes the twice-weekly blog, DFR. She plans to continue breeding and showing, and expects to stay involved in dogs "for life!"

2 Comments to “Introducing the 2013 USA Agility Junior European Open Team”

  1. minnahpage Melody Tate says:

    I’m so delighted you posted the Junior Team information. The Keeshond community is absolutely delighted to have our wonderful agility breed represented by Claire and Ama, incidentally for the 2nd year in a row!

  2. Dot Romano says:

    Thank you for recognizing the hard work of these talented Juniors. It take perseverance to compete at this level. Kudos to all of these Juniors.

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