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6th Annual NCESC/ESAA All-Breed Agility Trial

The 6th annual ESAA/NCESC sponsored all breed agility trial was held in Winchester VA on March 25/26. It was NCESC's 3rd event of the month following a supported entry with sweeps at MD Sporting Dog the first weekend in March and the 5 day supported/sweeps/specialties in York the previous weekend. Having set the framework of how busy the month's schedule was, I want to thank the ESAA/NCESC members who came out an helped with this event: Tammy Vann, Barb Mattes, Mary McAdam, Colleen and Bria Bell, Mike Germann, Donand Nancy Fox, Dick and Pricilla Hoffman, and Peter Kane. It was a fantastic thing to have so much help and most of them have done this for several years so they are getting very good at all the volunteer jobs. I have even ventured into the realm of cross training them for several jobs and they have all been enthusiastic about doing these jobs. We had 2 English Setters entered. Mina Vann had her debut in agility in Novice JWW.   Quest Mattes who was only 7 months old came both days to watch and enjoy all of the attention. The trial made a profit  $1154.51.

We received 2 very nice compliments on our trial and our volunteers- one form the trial secretary and one from the judges:
From Debbie Kaufman, Versatile K9, Trial Secretary:
I've been an trial secretary since 2000 and I have to say that the English Setter Association of America has always had the best turnout of their members pitching in to work the trial. All day, both days and no complaining. Only one  or two run their dogs, but all of them cheer and are happy for the other breeds. They don't make a lot of money on their trials, but so seem to enjoy themselves! What a great demonstration of good sportsmanship!

From Jim and Judy Smotrel, Trial Judges:

We enjoyed spending our weekend in Winchester judging for your club. Your club members were so
dedicated and worked so hard both days, even though some were not even running a dog. Thank you
for your hospitality and for the wonderful collie themed gifts! I have alreadyfound places for them in our
house. The trial ran very smoothly, and I heard nothing but good comments aboutyour club. Thanks for
inviting us to judge!

Hosting an all breed agility trial is a wonderful way to get our club name out there. As you can tell we
now have a great reputation for putting on a trial every year in the Winchester area. NCESC appreciates
the support we get every year from ESAA to continue to have this event.

Donna Richardson
trial chair

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