The Blue Ridge Agility Club (BRAC) will host its 2019 spring trial at the Foothills Equine Nature Center in Tryon. The USDAA sanctioned competitions will run start Friday, April 19 and run through Sunday, April 21.
Each day’s events will start approximately at 8am. On Friday and Saturday, the trials will run until roughly 5pm. On Sunday, they will end about 3pm. Spectators are welcome and admission is free, as it is at all BRAC trials. For their own comfort, as well as that of the competing dogs, spectators’ pets should be left at home.
At these USDAA trials, dogs will compete in three classes – Veteran, for dogs over eight years old, Championship and Performance. Each class is subdivided into several divisions based on the dog’s height at the shoulder. Dogs are measured by a judge before competitions begin to be sure their actual size matches the size for which they are entered. The obstacles are adjusted appropriately for each height division, and obstacles include such things as jumps of different sizes and appearance, tunnels, weave poles, teeter-totters, A-frames and more. Scoring is based on the time taken to complete the course, with time penalties added for missed or incompletely negotiated obstacles.
While USDAA and AKC (American Kennel Club) sanctioned agility trials are similar, there are some differences in the kinds of events and size divisions. For the spring USDAA trials, the Veteran class will have four sizes of obstacles: 4”, 8”, 12” and 16”. The Championship class will have six divisions from 10” up to 24”. The Performance class will have five height divisions from 8” up to 20”. Since divisions are determined strictly by height, there are no breed-specific events. In fact, mixed-breed dogs are welcomed into the competition. Entries for all would-be participants close April 10.
FENCE is at 3381 Hunting Country Rd., Tryon. For directions to the world-class facility, visit fence.org or call 828 859-9021. For entry forms or more details about the event, visit blueridgeagility.org.