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Link to Meeting Minutes: November
Upcoming Club Meetings
December 10, 2016/Hansville/Host: Ginny Partridge/10am (tentative)
January 8, 2017, 1:30 pm (Winterfest): Bahama Breeze restaurant, 15700 Southcenter Parkway, Tukwila, WA. (meeting, fun and games planned, good food and drinks. Vegetarian and gluten free options available. Hope to see everyone! Kari Hammergren and Angie Atkinson; organizers.
Upcoming RAT Trials:
Dec 3-4, USDAA, Argus Ranch. Judges David Mueller & Leslie Bickel.
Events include titling and tournaments (Grand Prix/Perf. Grand Prix; Steeplechase/Perf. Speed Jumping; Masters and Perf Biathlon). Closing date is 21 November. Chair Maria Lyons. Secretary Patti Cavin. Premium
Dec 30-31, Jan 1, CPE, Argus Ranch. Judge Todd Benson. Co-Chairs Barb Krause & Renee Barnaby. Secretary Ginny Partridge. *TRIAL IS FULL*. Waitlist for Friday is full. Still taking entries for Saturday & Sunday waitlists.
Feb 4-5, NADAC, Argus Ranch. Judges Jackie Loeser & Murrelet Halterman. *trial moved to Argus due to construction at Elma. Opening date is Dec 12. Chair Cheryl Parker. Secretary Karen Ricketts. Premium
Thought You Were Done With Voting? (watch for info on electronic voting)
Upcoming Vote for the 2017 Board of Directors
Eric Sanford President
Beth Gideon Secretary
Patti Cavin Treasurer
Mike Vorkapich VP
Melody Glispie member at large
Karen Rickets member at large
Sue Olson member at large
& The RAVE award (Rainier Agility Vote of Excellence) which is presented yearly to someone who has contributed above and beyond to the sport of agility. Members in Good Standing (MIGS) vote for the person in the Pacific Northwest, not necessarily a RAT member, they feel has contributed considerably to the sport or who has inspired them personally.
Thank You to Standing Committee Members!
|Awards – Member Plaques||Ginny Partridge|
|Awards – ASCA Ribbons||Lynn Chase|
|Awards – CPE Ribbons||Karen Ricketts|
|Awards – NADAC Ribbons||Susan Olsen
Kathy Swan (Poles)
|Awards – USDAA Ribbons
Awards – Member Pins
|Annual Donations||Kari Hammargren|
|Holiday Party||Kari Hammargren
|Hospitality (Trials)||Jill Seward —> Pam Diemond
|Fun Runs||Michael Vorkapich|
|Publications (RAT Tales)||Carol Nottenburg —> Janey Wilcox
|Raffle||Jeanne Emmons, Janey Wilcox|
|RAT Wear||Val Tangen|
|Sunshine||Heather Bruce —> Doris Dyar,
Sher Francis, Laura Crandall
|Yahoo Group RAT_List||Sandy Cox|
Doris Dyar and Maggie Help Kids Read. Maggie (rescued from Collar of Hope in 2012) reads with Austin and Grace as part of her Therapy Dog work. Austin recently took tests on four different books he read with Maggie and scored 100% on each one! Mags loves spending time with people, especially kids. Currently, we are waiting to get approval from a school in Gig Harbor to start reading with kiddos twice a month!
Lisa Triggs Welcomes Tacoma’s Most Eligible Bachelor.
After retiring from agility, Tucker began Nosework at the age of 10 and found his true calling. In one year, and at the age of 11, he finished his Advanced Nosework title. – Janey Wilcox
Jet I Fly will make her dog agility debut on Black Friday at the AKC Sami trial at FFP. We will then compete in our first ever USDAA trial the following weekend at the RAT trial! Go Jet Go!!! – Eric Sanford
Cynosports (USDAA): Jackson finished 3rd in PVP Gamblers out of something like 107 dogs in P16! He also finished 4th (of 56) in P16 Biathlon! Biathlon placement is based on cumulative time in Master’s Challenge Standard and Jumpers events, which are extra technical, complex courses. We competed in the semifinals for Performance Speed Jumping (the Performance version of Steeplechase) and Performance Grand Prix, ran both events clean and were just one second out of Finals in PGP. We also had a fantastic vacation, with fun drives down and back with a caravan of PNW agility friends.
ASCA Finals is the competition that you have to qualify for; the top 30 veteran dogs in the country are invited, and overall placements are based on cumulative scores from 2 regular runs, 1 jumpers run and 1 gamblers run. This was our 3rd time competing in Finals, and our highest placement, finishing 8th! We were 3rd and 4th in the two regular runs, and 17th in Jumpers despite falling hard on the slippery dead grass during the run.
ASCA Nationals is open to all Aussies, and consists of two runs in each discipline: regular, gamblers and jumpers. At past National Specialties we only broke into the top 10 in 1-2 runs, but this year 5 out of 6 events were top 10 placements. Finally, we earned ATCH-4 during one of the pre-trials! – Steve Else