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ESAA Agility TriaL
On Saturday and Sunday March 26 and 27 of 2016, the ESAA and the NCESC sponsored the 5th annual all breed agility trial in Winchester VA. It does not seem like we have been doing this for 5 years now. Once again we had an excellent turn out with a full trial of 330 runs on Saturday and an almost full trial of 312 runs on Sunday- which was in fact Easter so it was better attended than we expected.
We had a huge amount of support from NCESC with 10 members present to help on Saturday and 7 members present on Sunday. The exhibitors are always amazed and appreciative of the fact that so many of our club helpers are non-agility people. There were 2 English Setters competing this year- Barb Mattes and Gaspar from PA and myself (Donna Richardson) and Sonnett from VA. Barb and Gaspar won the 24 inch Time 2 Beat class which got him a nice High in Trial trophy for the day. Sonnett was doing her last agility shows before being retired from agility competition and she decided to be very naughty during her runs by taking tunnels everytime she saw one. We also had some exciting runs by fellow exhibitors resulting in the awarding of 2 MACH (Master Agility Champion) titles (a mixed breed and a Brittany) and a PACH (Preferred Agility Champion) title (a rough collie). The mixed breed MACH was actually a rescue from Above and Beyond ES Rescue based in PA.
A huge thanks goes out to ESAA/NCESC members Barb Mattes, Mary McAdam, Jack Johnson, Colleen and Bria Bell. Tammy Vann, Dick and Priscilla Hoffman, Don and Nancy Fox and Kelly Hotchstettler who were there to help during the event, which earned a profit of approximately $2864.58.
Wanna be English Setter Earns MACh at English Setter Trial!
On March 27, English Setter wanna-be Amber Keens earned her Master Agility Champion (MACh) title at the English Setter Association of America's AKC trial at Body Renew Fitness in Winchester, VA.
Amber is a rescue from Above & Beyond English Setter Rescue (http://esrescue.org/). Puppy Amber was dumped at a shelter in the south with no papers. She was not faring well there, so shelter staff reached out to Above & Beyond and told them they had a young setter in need of help. The rescue group, which focuses on English Setters, agreed to take her. When the transport driver arrived and asked for "the setter"... he was given Amber. While clearly NOT a setter, the driver was true to his mission to "free or save from danger or harm" and took her any way. After a few months of fostering, Amber got posted to the A&B web site where her mom-to-be, Linda, found her. Linda had grown up with a beautiful pure-bred English Setter and was searching for a setter of her own. When Amber's profile appeared, it was love at first site. Linda had wanted a puppy but had lingering concerns that her work schedule and small yard might be hard on a bird-dog, so while she was clearly NOT a setter, her "lower-energy and smaller size" made her the perfect fit for Linda and her husband Bill!
Amber was adopted on June 18, 2011 at Above & Beyond's annual picnic fundraiser. Her new parents enrolled her in basic training and later, in an effort to find something more fun for their shy girl, agility. Agility helped increase Amber's confidence and bond with her momma and she and Linda have been playing it together ever since.
Amber now completes in AKC, NADAC and USDAA. In 2014 she earned her Coursing Ability Advanced title, in 2015 her Rally Novice and NADAC NATCH, and now in 2016 her MACh. Who knows what will be next for this little rescue mix who credits her start in life to English Setters.