2019 Agility Events

PASA will hold 5 agility trials in 2019:
February 23/24: Thorson's Arena, Morgan Hill, CA
March 30/31: Stanislaus County Fair Grounds, Turlock, CA
May 24/25/26/27 Solano County Fair Grounds, Vallejo, CA
August 3/4: Manzanita Park, Prunedale,  CA
November 2 : Nationals Pre-trial,Kern County Fair Grounds, Bakersfield, CA






August 3/4

Here we are at PASA's annual trial at Manzanita Park in Prunedale, CA.  It overlooks Moss Landing and shares all the fog and breeze.  That makes it a great place for a trial in the middle of the summer. Actually, it was a little warm for Manzanita, the temperature getting up to the high 70s before the cool breeze and fog came back in.

We imported our judge, Mark Beuhl, from Houston , Texas, so he could cool off a little bit from that Houston heat and humidity. His courses were fun and had some surprising challenges.   Saturday night PASA had a pot luck.  PASA provided roast chicken and tons of other great stuff was provided by guests.   Besides that,  we were treated to a band concert from  Thoz Guyz.  Mona Nichols husband, Doug, was a member of the band, so we had a inside invitation.  Judge Mark remarked that is was the first trial he had judged that featured a band.  We all had a great time listening, dancing and singing.




Enjoying the food

Thoz Guyz Band.
You can find them on Facebook

Wave to the camera person

Scott, Tracy & lots of fun
going on in the table behind.



The trial was one ring on grass. We had a huge field, so there was lots of room for dogs to play and warm up.  This trial was the last trial of the Silver Buckle Series for 2019, so those were awarded on Sunday, when we knew all the winners.  
 
Trial committee was:
Chair(s): Tracy Lovelis (on site),  Katrina Parkinson (grounds) Jean Danver (off site, web)
Awards: Warene Waters
Secretary & Chef scorekeeper: Dave Connet
Chief Course Builder: Scott Lovelis
Chief Ring Steward: Maralise Howze
Hospitality: Mona Nichols
Equipment: Susan Laursen
Equipment Transportation: Donna Highstreet
NQ Raffle, Pot luck: Donna Highstreet

 
  We had "NQ" raffles every day.  
   
There was one ATCH.  It was earned on Saturday. That was Griffin, a three year old Aussie owned by Susan Laursen.


Susan Laursen, ATCH Griffin & Judge Mark Beuhl

The last trial of the Silver Buckle competition was quite exciting.  The elite and open categories were not determined until the end of the regular runs on Sunday. The veteran winner was not determined until the very last run.  Erika Maurer was running both of the dogs, Boca and Cadence.  In the end, Boca won in a tie breaker.

Silver Buckle Winners, in order of the picture:

Winner of Winners:  Wareen Waters and her Australian Shepherd, Lark
ACE Overall: David Connet and his Australian Shepherd, Denny
Open: Polly Dodd and her Toy Australian, Dally
Veteran: Erika Maurer and Dave Grubel's Aussie, Boca
Elite: Suzanne Morlock and her  Aussie, Sunny
Novice: Mimi Steel and her Aussie, Moci

High in Trial Winners were, in order of the picture:
     

Elite: Nicole Watts and her Australian Shepherd, Naju
Open:  Richard Anderson and his Australian Shepherd, Calvin
Judge Mark Beuhl
 ACE Overall: Lisa Thane and her Australian Shepherd, Scout
Novice: Jackie Young and her Australian Shepherd, Marley
Veteran:  Erika Maurer and Dave Grubel's Australian Shepherd,  Boca

 
PDF Files of Trial Results
Trial Premium
Trial General Info
High in Trial File

Final Silver Buckle Standings

Note that only dogs with a mathematical chance of winning on the last day of competition are listed.


May 24-27
This was PASA first four day trial.  Well really, it was actually three and one half days.  Friday started at 2 pm with elite regular and jumpers classes only.  After that it was the usual five classes a day.  One difference was that Saturday and Sunday had three gambles and two regular.    Monday was one regular and four jumpers.  That format allowed for an earlier end on Memorial Day Monday.

Believe it or not, rain was predicted for Sunday.  That did not really pan out, but it sure has rather cool and breezy for the entire trial.  Great for the dogs and and our judge, Chuck Klein, who was escaping mid 90s weather in North Carolina.  Us Californians are getting a little tired of cold, overcast weather after March.  Chuck had a lot of courses to design and he really stepped up to the occasion.   Giving us lots to think about for gamble options. among things.  We had other activities.  On Saturday Donna Highstreet and Judy Palfi treated us all to a cake celebrating their sibling dogs', Logan and Nikki, sixth birthday.   Laurie Preston spiced up the workers lunches with a taco bar on Monday.  That proved, once again, that PASA trials are the best for the food!

Nikki, Judy, Donna & Logan with cake
The trial was one ring on grass at the Solano County Fair Grounds.  It is a nice site with lots of shade for crating and exercising dogs.  
 
Trial committee was:
Chair(s): Tracy Lovelis (on site, grounds) Jean Danver (off site, web)
Awards: Warene Waters
Secretary & Chef scorekeeper: Dave Connet
Chief Course Builder: Scott Lovelis
Chief Ring Steward(s): Maralise Howze & Katrina Parkinson
Hospitality: Laurie Preston
Equipment: Susan Laursen
Equipment Transportation: Gina Campodonico
NQ Raffle: Donna Highstreet

 
  We had "NQ" raffles every day.  
   
There were so many ATCHs that Warene ran out of her entire ATCH ribbon supply. Thanks to Erika Maurer for the pictures of Cadence and Trillian.



ATCH V Cadence owned by Erika Maurer

Katrina Parkinson with ATCH Trillian
and Judge Chuck Klein

Kerry Levin with  ATCH III Jo-Z
 and Judge Chuck Klein

ATCH V Vixen owned by Maralise Howze





Nicole Watts with ATCH V Dervish

Suzanne Morlock with ATCH IV Sunny
and Judge Chuck Klein

Rick Anderson with  ATCH II Kate
 and Judge Chuck Klein

Suanne Morlock's Stella earned ATCH II,
a surprise to her, at the  March trial.

 
 


High in Trial Winners were, in order of the picture:
     

Veteran:  Dave Grubel  and his Australian Shepherd,  Boca

 Ace Overall:  Shannon Loughney and her Australian Shepherd, Willow
Judge Chuck Klein
Elite: Suzanne Morlock and her Australian Shepherd, Sunny
Open:  Kerry Levin and her Border Collie, Kai
Novice: Anne Hershey and her Australian Shepherd, Falcon

 
PDF Files of Trial Results
Trial Premium
Trial General Info
High in Trial File

May Silver Buckle Standings
Please look at the Silver Buckle file to see if you are in the running (hint: All Novice and most Open dogs are.)
Note that only dogs with a mathematical chance of winning are listed. That is, within 10 Qs of the leader.   There may be differences in HIT winners because the rules of which class a dog is in differs.  For Silver Buckle, dogs are in the group that corresponds to their first regular Q of the year and yps is the average of their regular runs for the year.  HIT group is last regular entered of the trial and average yps of regular runs just for the trial.

March 30/31
Again, we lucked out weather wise.  This was the only weekend in March that it did not rain. Thank goodness, since everything was outside.  This trail was held at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds in Turlock ins the same place and time the Delta held its conformation, rally and obedience trials.  They had a few other fun events like a great fund raiser raffle for cancer and an Easter Egg hunt for the kids on Sunday.
 
PASA held its usual one ring event.    Rick Anderson did a lot of work on site selection to get a place where the ground would be safe enough for people running.  The fairgrounds provided a load of compost to help.  The only problem with that was some of the dogs found that too much to pass up without sniffing.   Our judge was the always popular Sue Graham who was very patient with the sniffing dogs and gave us great courses with some surprise challenges.
 
Trial committee was:
Chair(s): Tracy Lovelis (on site) Jean Danver (off site, web)
Grounds: Richard Anderson
Awards: Warene Waters
Secretary & Chef scorekeeper: Dave Connet
Chief Course Builder: Scott Lovelis
Chief Ring Steward(s): Maralise Howze & Livia Quan
Hospitality: Mona Nichols
Equipment: Susan Laursen
Equipment Transportation: Ken & Donna Highstreet
NQ Raffle: Donna Highstreet

 
The trial had five classes each day.     We had "NQ" raffles on Saturday and Sunday.  
   
Only one dog earned an ATCH.  That was Naju, owned by Nichole Watts.  It was her ATCH2. 



Nichol Watts, Naju and Judge Sue Graham

High in Trial Winners were, in order of the pictures:
   

Veteran:  Kerry Levin  and her Australian Shepherd,  Jo-Z
Open:  Polly Dodd and her Toy Australian, Dally:
 Ace Overall:  Dave Connet and his Australian Shepherd, Denny
Not pictured: Novice: Curt Uritz and his Australian Shepherd, Rogue
Not Pictured:
Elite: Suzanne Morlock and her Australian Shepherd, Sunny
 
PDF Files of Trial Results
Trial Premium
Trial General Info
High in Trial File

March Silver Buckle Standings
Note that all dogs with a Q are listed.   Their group may change if  they do not yet have regular Q.  There may be differences in HIT winners because the rules of which class a dog is in differs.  For Silver Buckle, dogs are in the group that corresponds to their first regular Q of the year and yps is the average of their regular runs for the year.  HIT group is last regular entered of the trial and average yps of regular runs just for the trial.





February 23/24
This was the first trial of the 2019 season.   We lucked out weather wise.  It was the only weekend in February this year that it did not rain.   It was a bit chilly inside but sunny and pleasant outside.This trial was held in conjunction with two each PASA Obedience/Rally trials.   Both were successful events.  
 
PASA held its usual one ring event.    That left lots of room for crating and running dogs inside and staying away from the obedience/rally folks.  Joyce Roessner was our judge.   The file was completely full.  We were a little worried about Joyce catching her 7:35 pm flight home on Sunday, but we finished just in time.  She gave us some interesting courses with nice challenges.  
 
Trial committee was:
Chair(s): Tracy Lovelis (on site) Jean Danver (off site, web)
Grounds: Jean Danver
Awards: Warene Waters
Secretary & Chef scorekeeper: Dave Connet
Chief Course Builder: Scott Lovelis
Chief Ring Steward(s): Maralise Howze & Laurie Preston
Hospitality: Mona Nichols
Equipment: Susan Laursen
Judge transportation & hospitality arrangements: Tracy Lovelis
Judge airport and hotel transportation: Jean Danver, Barbara Hasey, Katrina Parkinson
Equipment Transportation: Donna Highstreet & Jenny Hutchinson
NQ Raffle: Donna Highstreet

 
The trial had five classes each day.     We had "NQ" raffles on Saturday and Sunday.  As a special treat, we had a professional photographer, Nick Hengeveld, come.  He set up a monitor so we all could look at our dogs and offered a $50 to download all of our dogs pictures.  Lots of us took him up on the offer. You can view proofs and order pictures from his website:
  https://www.nh.photo/2019-pasa-asca
   
Four dogs earned ATCHs.  Two of them belonged to Nancy Graczyk. Here they all are with Judge Joyce Roessner.  



Donna Highstreet and  ATCH3 Logan

Nancy Graczyk and ATCH7 Rocket

Nancy Graczyk and ATCH Kody

Cynthia Downing and ATCH3 Roxie

High in Trial Winners were, in order of the picture:



Elite: Dave Grubel and his Aussie, Elektra
Veteran:  Erika Maurer and her Aussie, Cadence
 Ace Overall:  Dave Connet and his Aussie, Denny
Novice: Zoe Ann Stivers and her Miniature Australian Shepherd, Riley
Not Pictured:  Open: Susan Adler and her Australian Terrier, Posey

PDF Files of Trial Results
Trial Premium
Trial General Info
High in Trial File
March Silver Buckle Standings
Note that all dogs with a Q are listed.   Their group may change if  they do not yet have regular Q.  There may be differences in HIT winners because the rules of which class a dog is in differs.  For Silver Buckle, dogs are in the group that corresponds to their first regular Q of the year and yps is the average of their regular runs for the year.  HIT group is last regular entered of the trial and average yps of regular runs just for the trial.