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Sanctioned Agility Trial

March 22-23, 2008

4H Training Center

Middleline Road, Ballston Spa, NY

(indoors on dirt)

Our judges were Mark Giles and Sarah Carson - THANK YOU!

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Is your dog small in stature?  Are you new to Teacup Dogs agility?  Are you considering competing in Teacup Dogs agility?  Are you wondering how this venue operates?  Would you like to spend some quality time learning the smaller equipment and tighter spacing on courses with your dog?

Perhaps you have already competed in TDAA trials, but would you like a refresher on the rules and your dog would like more time with the equipment?  Do you think some training based on TDAA rules would be beneficial to you and your teammate?  Do you want to learn more about how to play those cool games you see at TDAA trials?

Would you like to be better prepared for TDAA trials?  Did you know that the 2008 Petit Prix (the Teacup Dogs Agility Association Nationals) will be held in Westminster, Vermont, a mere 2 hours from the Capital District, and that you can enter the Petit Prix if you have entered at least one trial this year?

If you answered “Yes!” to any of these questions, then this Working Seminar is for you.  This seminar is open to all dogs over the age of 12 months and measuring 17 inches or less at the withers, except bitches in season, aggressive dogs, or dogs suffering from any deformity, injury, or illness that may affect a dog’s physical or mental performance.

Here are the details….

What:  TDAA Working Seminar.  The seminar will be led by two TDAA judges – Trisha Stall and Jeff Boyer.  Topics to be covered include:

·       Review of how TDAA operates, the titling classes offered, and titling requirements

·       Review of TDAA rules, especially jump heights, obstacles, course design, scoring, and games

·       Obstacle familiarization, with you and your dog working several short sequences using TDAA-regulation equipment and obstacle distances

·       Standard course run-throughs, where you will test yourself on a TDAA-style course

·       Games course run-throughs, where you will test your abilities to learn a new game

·       2 sanctioned classes – Standard and FullHouse – where you and your dog can compete to earn qualifying runs toward TDAA titles

When:       Friday, March 21, 2008, 3pm-5:50pm (seminar); 5:30-6:30 (dinner); 6:30-8:00 (trial)

Where:      Saratoga County 4H Training Center, Ballston Spa, NY

Cost:          $50 for a handler and 1 dog

Includes:  Seminar, light dinner, and a mini trial consisting of 2 sanctioned runs – Standard and Fullhouse.


You do not have to enter the trial on March 22 and 23 to participate in this seminar.  You do not have to participate in this seminar to enter the Friday night trial.

To register for this working seminar, complete the form and return it with payment (make checks payable to AgileDogs) to the address shown.  If your dog is not registered with TDAA, you must also complete the registration form; you may return the registration form with payment (make checks payable to TDAA) with your seminar registration form.

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Friday, March 21
FullHouse Standard

Saturday, March 22
Las Vegas Standard Round 1 Blackjack
Standard Round 2 Beat the Clock  
Sunday, March 23
Standard Round 1 Connect the Dots Standard Round 2
Black Hole Standard Round 3  

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March 20, 2008

Confirmations have gone out!  We're looking forward to a really fun weekend.  Remember we're taking day of show entries.

One thing I forgot to mention in the confirmation is that Dottie Piroha, Canines in Action, will be taking photographs of your dogs in action (as much as the light allows inside the building) all weekend long!


Thank you for entering the AgileDogs TDAA trial, March 21-23, 2008!

There will be check in, measuring and setup on Friday night from 6-6:30pm, and Saturday and Sunday mornings from 8-8:30am. We will be taking day of show entries at that time, for either dogs you have entered in the trial already or other dogs, whether they're registered with TDAA or not prior to the trial. The trial schedule of classes is as follows:

Friday (running small to tall)

6-6:30 check in, registration, measuring FullHouse - all levels Standard Superior, Intermediate, Beginners

Saturday (running tall to small)

8-8:30 check in, registration, measuring Las Vegas - all levels Standard run 1 - Beginners, Intermediate, Superior Blackjack - all levels Standard run 2 - Beginners, Intermediate, Superior Beat the Clock - all levels

Sunday (running small to tall)

8-8:30 check in, registration, measuring Standard run 1 - Superior, Intermediate, Beginners Connect the Dots - Games III, II, I Standard run 2 - Superior, Intermediate, Beginners Black Hole - Games III, II, I Standard run 3 - Superior, Intermediate, Beginners

NOTE: we may change this schedule if judge and/or club determines that nesting of courses or other factors will make it preferable in terms of trial management, but we will make every effort to vary as little as possible from this schedule.

Because TDAA is a small venue (in more ways than one!), you're all volunteers, thank you! Don't worry if you feel apprehensive about helping, we won't make new folks help out until they're comfortable with the environment. But, because classes are small and there are less of us than at other venue's trials, we appreciate people stepping when they can to help make the trial run smoothly. As a thanks, we will provide lunch and snacks each day to everyone, free of charge.

For those of you entered in Friday's seminar: you are allowed to use treats while working your dog in the seminar, but PLEASE be careful to use treats that will not crumble on the ground. Because we're using the same ring for the trial afterwards and all weekend, we do not want to have dogs runs later on impacted by loose treats left on the ground from the seminar! However, we want to allow you to use treats - so, please clean up after yourselves :-)

Don't forget to dress both yourself and your dog(s) in layers; the building will be heated by a portable propane heater, but will not be as warm as the indoors! People can go into the fully heated section of the building at any time (bathrooms, scoring, and food will be here), but unfortunately dogs are not allowed in this section of the building. There will be crating space in the arena, or you can work out of your car as well. There is plenty of parking space just outside the building.


Directions to show site:

From the South: Take the Adirondack Northway (Route 87) to exit 12, Rte 67. Stay on 67 until the traffic light at Middleline Road turn right and the 4H Center is on the right.

From the North: Take the Adirondack Northway (Route 87) to exit 13S, Route 9 South. Turn right at the first light onto Malta Ave. Follow to the next light in the center of Ballston Spa. Turn left at this light onto Route 50. Then turn right onto 67 West. Follow to the traffic light at Middleline Road, and turn right. The 4H center is on the right.

From the West: Take the NYS Thruway to exit 27 (Amsterdam). Turn right off the ramp onto Route 30N. Take Route 67 East through Amsterdam, crossing Route 147. At the next light turn left onto Middleline Rd. The 4H center is on the right.


See you soon,

Trisha and Jeff



March 12, 2008:

Entries have come in nicely and we are looking forward to a fun trial!  Pre-entries have officially closed, but we'll still be taking day of show entries for $14 a run both Saturday and Sunday.  Also, if you're interested in taking the Friday night seminar but haven't signed up yet, don't miss out, we'll still take you!  Contact me.

I have another hotel to add to the list that is already in the premium.  It's the Robin Hood Hotel in Saratoga Spa.  The rates are reasonable, and they charge $10 per dog, and are looking forward to having us and our dogs stay with them during the trial.  Their phone number is 518-885-8899.