Waiting for a Ride

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For a few months this summer, I was car-less. My car needed some internal repairs, and as anyone who owns a rare car knows, finding the right parts can take time. This meant that in order to attend agility events, which are always at least a half hour from home, I’d have to rely on the kindness of friends who were willing to carpool. One early morning, Miles sat on the grass near our gear, while I stood out on the street looking for our ride. Ten minutes later, our friend appeared in the distance, so I stepped back onto the curb with Miles. Suddenly I heard…

Agility Regionals

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This June, Miles and I competed at the Regional Agility Championships. It was the start to a very busy and crazy summer! My car broke down right before the event, and thankfully, I was able to hitch a ride with a fellow competitor from my area. Regionals here are an hour from my home, and the competition days begin at 6:30 am. Attending Regionals takes so much planning and organization. The venue where Regionals is held here is a world class equestrian center, which boasts high-end white sand-like footing. As far as I am concerned, this special footing is evil! It is very hot, bright, and highly reflective. Regionals…

A New World of Agility

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As 2014 trickled to a close, something small but significant appeared in my email inbox one night. It was a note from Tracey — an agility competitor and judge who I have gotten to know since Miles and my first agility fun match. Tracey wanted to let me know that the instructor who I have long wanted to train with (who had also already invited me on as a student) finally had a spot open in one of her classes. I reserved a spot as fast as I could. The first night of class, at the beginning of this year…