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Sanctioned Agility Trial

March 17-18, 2007

ASCO Farms

Chatham, NY

(indoors in a horse arena)

Our judge was Trisha Stall
(with the help of Paul Stusalitus!)

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Thanks to Paul Stusalitis, who judged FullHouse while I judged Snooker, and who stepped in several times as needed, we were able to run Saturday's Colors class at the end of the day on Sunday.

Standard 1 Snooker 1/2 FullHouse all levels
Standard 2 Snooker 3S45C SAT - Colors 1/2
Standard 3/S Jumpers 1/2 SAT - Colors 3S45C
Standard 45C Jumpers 3/S/4/5/C  


Saturday, March 17, 11:30

We've decided to add Colors from Saturday's schedule at the end of the day on Sunday - that is assuming that we can efficiently run the scheduled four Sunday classes first, which means volunteers will be all-important!

And, just a note, as some of you have been asking: if you were entered only on Saturday you cannot add a standard run on Sunday, it's just too late to make those kind of changes.   We are sorry about that, but in addition to being against the CPE rules to add runs after the closing and after the catalog has been printed, it would be way too much work for the trial secretary.

A note about refunds, as several of you have been asking this question as well:
     Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, we cannot give any refunds for runs missed on Saturday due to the snowstorm.  We still have to pay for the site, porta potties, and fees to CPE, not to mention other expenses incurred.  In the premium it states: "No entry fee will be refunded if the trial cannot open or be completed by reason of riots, civil disturbances, fire, an act of God, public emergency, act of a public enemy or any other cause beyond the control of the organizing committee." 

Saturday, March 17, 10am

We're still on track to start on Sunday at 7am (check-in time).  Right now the plan is to run all of Sunday's classes first, then if time permits we'll add one of Saturday's classes (either Jackpot or Colors).  We will run the first class, FullHouse, in ring 2, concurrently with Snooker in ring 1.  This will get us ahead of schedule a bit to allow us to add one of Saturday's games at the end of the day.  We will accommodate conflicts by having the snooker ring take precedence.  Stay tuned for more up to date information as we get it.

Friday, March 16, 2pm.

Due to the problems ASCO Farm will have in plowing the driveways and parking areas while we're there tomorrow, along with the uncertainty of driving conditions, we are cancelling for SATURDAY ONLY.  The trial on Sunday will go on as planned.  People can set up in the crating area starting at 4pm on Saturday, and on Sunday check in will start at 7am.  We may be able to add some of Saturday's runs to Sunday's schedule.  More information about that will be available as we work out the details.  If you were entered on Saturday only, please either check back on this website or call Melinda 413-443-1687 or Val 413-743-9354 Saturday morning for more information.

Friday, March 16, 10am

Nothing new this morning.  We still don't know what we'll be getting for snowfall amounts, and won't likely know this until later tonight.  We expect the parking situation to be tough, but as of right now we're planning on holding the trial.  If we decide to cancel, or postpone the start of the trial on Saturday, I will leave a recorded message on my business phone, 518-331-7814, or you can call Melinda Schneider at 413-443-1687 for details.  I will also try to put updated information on this website, but may be too busy with prep plans to do so unless the weather totally grounds us!


Thursday, March 15, 10pm

As of tonight they're predicting snow from 10"-15" for our area (East of Albany, West of the Central Berkshires).  It's hard to say right now what it will be like on Saturday; the snow is supposed to start mid-afternoon on Friday, we'll get from 1-3" by Friday evening, and then overnigh there will be accumulations of snow along with windy conditions.  It will continue into Saturday morning, ending sometime in the afternoon.  The storm may move to the east (I hope!), or it may hit us hard.

ASCO Farms will be plowed out, but we are unsure about how much parking may be impacted if we get a lot of snow.  Parking on the street will not be feasible if we get a lot of snow.  We are expecting 105 exhibitors, and probably almost that many cars (remember, please carpool if you can!). 

We will not cancel the trial unless the storm is really bad on Friday afternoon and it's obvious we are not going to be able to hold the trial.  We cannot cancel in advance because we don't know what will transpire overnight and into the weekend.  Who knows, we might not get what they are predicting!  (one can only hope...)

Here's a local weather forecast (when looking at the snowfall predictions in various areas, note that Chatham is in central columbia county, west of central berkshire county and east of the capital region)

Colder air is now moving in...the rain has shifted southward. The threat of flooding will diminish overnight. The Flood Watch remains in effect through Midnight. The Problem spots that we are watching due to Ice Jams are the following:

Mettawee River-Granville

Canajoharie Creek

Mohawk River...Especially Ft. Plain Area

A Heavy Snow Warning is in Effect for the Capital Region from 10AM Friday 'til 2pm Saturday. A Winter Storm Watch in Effect for the Adirondacks.

A storm system will be developing on the North Carolina and the Virginia Coast around Daybreak. Snow will break out near Kingston around 7am and slowly move northward. It will arrive in the Capital Region between 11am and 1pm. The snow will become heavy by 3-5pm and it will be tough going for the evening commute. By 7pm, 1"-3" should be on the ground around Albany.

The snow continues heavily Friday night into Saturday morning as the storm tracks from just east of Atlantic City to Cape Cod by Saturday morning. As the storm get closer to us, there is a chance the snow will mix with sleet for awhile from Albany south and east,.. The intensity of the snow will vary, but at times it will come down at 1"-2" per hours.

As for Accumulations by Noon on Saturday:

10"-16"-Saratoga County-Mohawk Valley-Capital Region Northern half of Berkshire County-Bennington Area-Amsterdam-Gloversville

16"-24"-High Elevations west of Albany-Catskills, High Elevations of the Northern Berkshires, Southern Green Mountains

6"-10" Extreme Southern Columbia County and Extreme Southern Berkshire County

The storm will wind down by Noon on Saturday, in it's wake it will be windy and very cold for St. Patrick’s Day...temps will only we in the upper 20s. In fact it looks like the cold air will be with us well into next week. Updated 6:30pm




Due to numbers of runs each day (around 400), we have decided to keep the 2 ring format, yet use only one judge, Trisha Stall.  Mary Phalon, apprentice judge supervised by Trisha, will be judging one class on Saturday.  We will stagger runs in each ring, and build/walk the next course in one ring while running in the other ring, so there will be no ring conflicts!


Workers - thanks!  If you have not volunteered yet, please help us out so the trial will run efficiently.  We will do our best to deal with conflicts and will make sure nobody misses their run or walk-through.  We'll have worker raffles, plus lunch tickets to thank you for all you do. We couldn't put on a trial without you!  If you haven't signed up yet, contact Melinda Schneider (413-443-1687).


Parking will be in the field nearby the building.


There is no Friday evening check-in.  The site will open no earlier than 6:45 on Saturday morning for parking and setup.  All indoor crating will be in the small arena (look for the signs!).  Check-in on Saturday will be from 7 - 7:45am, with briefing and walk-throughs to follow.  On Sunday check-in will be from 7:30-7:45, with briefing and walk-throughs to follow.  First dog on the line by 8am each day.  Please be prompt when it is your turn to run.  We will accommodate everyone so no one will miss their runs, but you have to tell us if you have a conflict!!

 A food vendor will be on site serving breakfast and lunch each day.

 Frank Jansen Photography will be on site both days taking action shots of the dogs. 

This is a working horse farm, so please respect the owners and tenants of the property -- keep your dog leashed except when competing or in the warm up area.  There are grassy areas (all snow at the moment) near the parking area where you can potty/play with your dogs.

We will be giving away Perfect Weekend rosettes to those teams entered in all runs on both days who qualify on every run.


Emergency Veterinary Services: Chatham Small Animal Hospital, 4042 Route 203, North Chatham, (518) 766-4600; Wood Hill Veterinary Clinic, 650 Route 295, Old Chatham, (518) 392-6224.


Running order (all judged by Trisha Stall unless otherwise noted):

Saturday, March17th (Heights 4”-24”, Levels1-C)

Ring2– Jackpot 12, 3S, 45C
Ring 1-Standard 1, 23S, 45C

Ring 2- Colors 12 (judged by Mary Phalon), Colors 3S45C

Ring 1-Wildcard 12, 3S45C


Sunday, March18th (Heights 24”-4”, LevelsC-1)

Ring 2– FullHouse all levels

Ring 1– Snooker 3S45C, 12

Ring 2 – Standard 45C, 3S, 2, 1

Ring 1 – Jumpers 3S45C, 12


From the North - I-87 (The Northway) South to I-90 East to Exit 12.  Turn right onto NY Route 9 South.  *Proceed to the traffic light at the intersection of NY Route 9 & NY Route 9H.  Bear left onto Route 9 South.  Turn left onto Main St.; follow Main St. (it will become County Route 28A).  Follow Route 28A approximately 5 miles.  Turn left onto Harris Road.  ASCO Farms is the second place on the left.

From the South - I-87 NYS Thruway North to Exit 21A toward Boston, to Exit B-1.** After the toll booth bear right and proceed to Exit 12.  Bear left on the ramp; turn left onto NYS Route 9 South.  Follow above from *.

OR:  From the Taconic Parkway turn left on Route 295 to Chatham.  Turn right on Route 66 approximately 5 miles then turn left on Harris Rd.  ASCO Farms is the second place on the right.

From the East - I-90 (Mass Pike) to NYS Thruway, Exit B-1.  Follow above from**.

From the West - I-90 NYS Thruway to Exit 24.  After the toll booth proceed east on I-90 to Exit 12.  Turn right onto Route 9 South.  Follow above from *.



Contact information:

Melinda Schneider, Trial Chairperson  413-443-1687
Val Reiner, Trial Secretary  Val@agiledogs.net  413-743-9354