In recent years, the Schenectady Dog Training Club has tried very hard to come up with an ideal site and situation for their obedience and rally trials. The Saratoga County Fairgrounds in Ballston Spa provided a great site with covered rings but running at the same time as the big conformation circuit was a small nightmare. Obedience exhibitors could not park near the rings; campers were sited right next to the rings with dogs in ex-pens, etc.
The solution? Schedule the obedience and rally on the following weekend. What a great choice! The only drawback is overlapping the agility trials at Cato but if you have a multi talented dog you could always do two or three days of agility and a day or two of obedience or rally.
The site is excellent – plenty of great parking now and much of it in the shade. Exhibitors can easily work out of their cars if they choose to do so. There is plenty of covered crating space near the rings for those who choose that option.
This fairground arena combines the best of indoors and outdoors. The footing is cement but the rings were fully matted. All four rings were under the roof plus there are large overhangs on the long sides so even if it rained, the rings and crated areas should remain dry. Yesterday despite bright, hot sun, it was cool under the covered area. There was even a slight breeze and the open sides allow any and all breezes to flow through.
Without the large numbers of breed show exhibitors and campers near by, the setting was quiet and calm.
The club offered a number of special trophies as well as prizes to go with each placement. Title and placement rosettes were quite nice and the qualifying flat ribbons were fancy as well. The club’s stewards and helpers were all positive, helpful and smiling. A really nice, relaxed atmosphere.
A few of the shining stars from the Utica/Rome and upstate NY area include Carol Kinne and her Samoyed, Togo. Togo is a homebred champion and added a nice BN or Beginner Novice title to his name. This is one of the AKC’s new titling options and ties together obedience and rally. A great first step!.
Phyllis Mishalanie and her German Shepherd Dog, Felix, had a great showing on Saturday. They took fourth place in Novice B obedience than won Wildcard Novice! Very nice debut for Felix.
Jane Johnson with her Australian Cattle Dog, Sheba, finished up two titles – a BN and an RA or Rally Advanced title. Meanwhile Marcia Dawson from the Albany Obedience Club struck gold today – taking High in Trial with her Miniature Schnauzer from the Open B class.
Congratulations to all! For obedience exhibitors, I highly recommend you put these trials on your list for next year.
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