Big news this week from both the AKC and USDAA:
The AKC released a letter on Jan 15th stating..."We are pleased to inform you of a decision made by the AKC Board at the January 11, 2010 meeting, which will enhance the AKC Canine Partners program. This exciting new program allows mixed breed dog owners to list their dogs and participate in AKC Agility, Obedience and Rally events starting April 1, 2010.
While each club’s participation in the AKC Canine Partners program will remain voluntary, clubs may now choose to allow mixed breed participation at any AKC Agility, Obedience or Rally event. Mixed breeds will compete in the same classes and earn the same titles as their purebred counterparts...."
2010 USDAA Cynosport World Games Location and Dates info posted on USDAA site, January 15, 2010 states..."First step confirmed for relocation of Cynosport World Games.
We are pleased to announce that we have received a Letter of Commitment from the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville to host the Cynosport World Games on October 13 - 17, 2010. Options are also being offered for 2011 and/or 2012...."
USDAA also annouced the "rebirth of the Spring Festival of Dog Agility® in an all new concept on Easter Weekend, stating...
"With the introduction of a new concept by clubs in the mid-atlantic region of the U.S., a new concept has evolved that is to resurrect the Spring Festival of Dog Agility®. What began as a single event has evolved into a multi-club, dual location, first ever simulcast event over the Internet.
On April 2-4, 2010, clubs in the Mid-Atlantic Region will join forces to offer The Mid-Atlantic Showcase in a three-day extravaganza, and in South Central Texas Hill Country Agility & Bexar Regional Agility Team will join forces to offer The Hill Country Agility Showcase, in what will climax with competitors in both locations running head-to-head across some 1,500 miles via the Internet on USDAA.com, competing for prizes and top honors.
The two events are operating under the banner of the Spring Festival of Dog Agility®, and with success, more clubs will be provided the opportunity to become part of the simulcast event in future years...."