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Is the Masters Agility Championship at Westminster Valuable to Dog Agility?

Yes, much more so than the casual competitor realizes. The 3rd Annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster will take place at New York’s Pier 94 on Saturday, Feb. 13th, 2016 and will be followed by Westminster’s 140th Annual All Breed Dog Show on Monday and Tuesday. So what’s the big deal? The chart below (generated… read more

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Harbor City & Torrance Residents to Compete at 3rd Annual Masters Agility Championship At Westminster KC

Harbor City resident Deborah Davidson Harpur will have 2 dogs competing in The 3rd Annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster in New York City on Saturday, Feb. 13, the opening act of the famed Westminster Week and its celebration of dogs. Torrance resident Robert Moray will be handling one of her dogs at this event…. read more

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Failure is an option

In college I loved listening to TED talks. I was totally wrapped up in them when I was an undergraduate, always enthralled with the new technology and ideas being discussed. After school ended, though, I had a disconnect from a side of me I really loved– the curious, bookworm self that seemed to disappear under the… read more

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Thrill of the Hunt Test: Reflections From the Cocker Spaniel Club of Georgia’s Event

A Cocker Spaniel Club of Georgia member shares his experience in taking part in the club’s hunt test in December.  The air is crisp and the sky is a rich blue with stars on one horizon and the sun trying to rise on the other. Trees and hedgerows line fields that are thick with tan… read more

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Junior Spotlight: The 2015 Junior Agility Competition

BY FAITH ROGERS, JUNIOR HANDLER   Agility is in every sense of the word a team sport, a combination of speed, consistency, and trust. This is a sport filled with magical runs, but also frustrating disappointments. Perseverance builds character when training plans don’t succeed and the only choice is to try again. The dedication and… read more

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Sportsmanship

I’ve been thinking a lot about sportsmanship. Because no, it doesn’t just apply to elementary school kids playing soccer. I’ve thought about what it is, how it affects this game– and more importantly, what it looks like. I was thinking about it long before I decided to write a post about it, and long before… read more

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Out of the Backyard

[I wanted to take a week before I reflected on Cynosports. Because I felt that I needed to take the time to separate myself– to think. When I was on a layover in Cincinnati on the way home last Monday I wrote. Handwritten in my journal messily scrawled, hurried in my attempt to capture what… read more

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Noble Souls

Over the last couple years I’ve become a mantra hoarder. A quote hoarder. I seek them out, I save them, I print them out, I repeat them, I make them up, I write them over and over again. Sometimes they don’t mean much, other than a way to focus myself on the present moment– agility,… read more

Herding Dogs Prove Their Skills at AKC Herding Tests and Trials in Nebraska

Dry cornstalks rustling in the wind provided a perfect background sound for the Great Plains Bearded Collie Club of Omaha’s all-breed herding tests and trials held Friday–Sunday, October 9, 10, and 11. Ann Witte’s Gaelyn Glen Farm in Springfield, Nebraska, has been host to AKC herding trials for many years as she steered and showcased… read more

Undercurrent

I was reminded yesterday by a good friend of something I said almost a year ago. About dreams that push you to you to do what you never thought possible before. It was a nice reminder from her– a timely one, as they most often seem to be. Dreams should push you to your limits,… read more

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