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Agility

AGILITY SPRINGER OF THE YEAR
MACH7 MIRATRI’S CLASSY TUXEDO CDX TD RN VCD2

Owner: Laurene Galgano

Tux is 8 years old and has had an amazing career. His formal endeavors include: Agility, Obedience, Tracking, and Rally. If he could, he would also have Lure Course and Earth Dog titles as he is a maniac chasing that plastic bag on a luring course and has attempted to fit down the holes of moles and gophers in hot pursuit!

In his leisure life, he enjoys swimming, flushing birds (or any critter that moves), romping through fields after buttterflies, and chasing Frisbees.

Tux competed at the AKC Agility Nationals in 2005 and was the 1st English Springer Spaniel to qualify for the Finals finishing in 10th place. He competed again at the AKC Agility Nationals in 2006 and will be attending the AKC Agility Invitational in December 2006. Tux is currently working on MACH10!

Over the course of our partnership, I have learned that one never knows how long one will have our companions. I enjoy every moment that Tux and I share together, whether it is running together on an agility course, enjoying a hike in the country, or watching as he chases butterflies and tracks critters!


NOVICE AGILITY SPRINGER OF THE YEAR
TRAILWINDS WHERE EAGLES DREAM CDX TD AX AXJ RA VCD2

Owner: Tanya Kucaba

Talon may not be the smartest dog I have trained, but he is the most willing. He has no fear and is willing to try anything. He loves agility, especially the tunnels. Of course that can all be blamed on his breeders Randy Capsel and Cheeryl Clark. AS puppies they got to play outside around the agility equipment. A tunnel was the best place to hide and wait for a sibling to run by so you can attack them. To this day I can’t move a tunnel in the yard without a 50lb barking fool running in it.


OPEN AGILITY SPRINGER OF THE YEAR
STORMWYND SERENDIPITY AX, AXJ, CD

Owners: Pamela Ornberg & Allison Milne

I have been involved in dogs for about 35 years, Kaja (Kai) is my first Springer. I enjoyed showing in obedience with my Dalmatians and Goldens, but then took off some time to raise my family.

As my children grew and moved on, I was ready to get involved with the dog world again. But I was ready for a new breed. My cousin, Dr Allison Milne, VMD had raised English Springers under the Stormwynd Kennel name for many years and suggested, get a Springer. After getting to know a dog from her breeding I took the plunge.

Kaja became my new obsession and I started off with basic obedience and shortly afterwards started an Agility class. It was not long before I was hooked and jumps, tunnels, tires, etc started to show up in my yard. It has been challenging to learn this new sport and I have enjoyed it thoroughly.

Kaja earned the good citizens award at the age of 7 months. We began showing in agility in Dec of 04 and she completed levels Novice JWW & Std by June of 05, and Open JWW & Std by Oct of 05. Excellent went smoothly finishing both classes in April of o6. We found time to get her CD in Feb of 06. We are now working on our master title and are having a blast.

She is a true treasure and a love to everyone. I would like to thank Allison Milne for getting me started and Barbara Czavzasty of Quaker Farms English Springer Spaniels.

Pamela Ornberg


EXCELLENT AGILITY SPRINGER OF THE YEAR
CH RAMBLEWOOD CRYSTAL CLEAR CD SH MX MXJ WDX

Owners: Patty & Tracy Salzwedel

Thank you for this wonderful recognition 2 years in a row. It is an honor to be the #1 English Springer Spaniel for fastest YPS in agility.

This was made possible by having a wonderful partner, “Brooke” who thinks the greatest thing in life is training and showing. You will know when it is Brooke’s turn on the agility course because you will hear her barking on the start line “Hurry up Mom, let’s run!” With her speed and athleticism, she has won many placements in the competitive 20″ class, often time beating the Border Collies.

Brooke’s 2005 agility career was cut short with a trip to the whelping box. In addition to being a mother to 7 beautiful puppies, she still managed to earn her MXJ title and 8 double Q’s and 850 points toward her MACH.

Thank you again for honoring Ch Ramblewood Crystal Clear CD SH MX MXJ WDX with this award

Patty and Brooke


PREFERRED AGILITY SPRINGER OF THE YEAR
MACH SPLASH’S WHISPER IN THE NIGHT CD MXP MJP, CGC, TDI

Owner: Joanne Hass

Daphne finished her MACH in Nov 04 at the age of nine. She was always known amongst my friends and fellow agility addicts for her ability to save my “butt” and pull off a clean run in spite of me, her inept handler. No matter how badly I handled her Daphne would nimbly make the jump or turn necessary to “Q”. She is an incredibly graceful, smooth, pretty jumper who always made it look easy. We would hear gasps from the crowd when my handling would cause her to have to take off from a really bad spot but she’d manage it without any fuss or complaining.

After we earned her MACH I made the decision to move Daphne to the Preferred class because I thought I owed it to her. She was still sound, game, agile, and without a gray hair on her head but she would be starting to compete in Preferred at the age of ten. After nine years of Daphne taking care of me I choose to take care of her and placed her in preferred. She went from Nov Preferred to Masters Preferred in 6 months of trialing. She always made regular class time and won or placed in all her classes and was known as the pretty springer with heart.

Daphne didn’t love obedience but to support our local breed club we entered the obedience ring after a 2 year absence. We hadn’t practiced but twice before that show. So we brushed up the night before the show outside my dentists office in the dark while waiting for my daughter. The next morning we earned the last leg for our CD and went High in Trial.

Daphne also did therapy work for a short time in a prestigious childrens hospital. She was one of only 3 dogs chosen to work with these very ill children from around the world. She would entertain the children by weaving through them, jumping over them, working with them doing hand signals, recalls, and tricks for them, or whatever the children found amusing. She was appreciated for her gentle, calm, quiet, unflappable way. Daphne loved to hunt and entertained many an agility exhibitor chasing frogs. Her picture was on the cover of a breed calendar, in books and she had a walk on part in a TV movie. She’s accomplished all I could possibly ask of her.