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people's choices and a surprising distance

So I have been wondering what people like about their chosen trialing venues or really why they make their choices? why one over another or why never others, what are the deciding factors? like is it the particular events offered? the number of events offered in a day? the friends who go also? already invested time and scores so keep at it? the distances and availability? status and reputation? most fun---and what about it makes it most fun? the judges are a factor? the equipment requirements, jump heights, contact lengths?

So Judy, who teaches at CSC and judges for USDAA, wore a pedometer at her trial last weekend just to see how many miles she puts in judging and the answer is kind of wild---11.5!!!!! who'd a thunk it?


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Jan. 24th, 2012 03:42 pm (UTC)
for me it is what was the most available locally when I first started, and then as the new venues started up which ones I found the most fun and challenging. Also I am not an all day agility kind of gal so I prefer venues where you can go have a couple runs and still have a good bit of the day left so venues that have a million runs that take all day have never been a choice for me. And mostly it's the venues my friends also show in. I don't care about the equipment, the rules, the titles, the judges, the jump heights, etc.
Jan. 24th, 2012 04:08 pm (UTC)
Doesn't surprise ME that she walked 11 miles. I would actually think MORE! that's a long-ass day of being on your feet. Honestly. Wow.

I first started running NADAC with Ruben 7+ years ago. Right at that time they were breaking away from co-hosting with ASCA and they were right in the process of changing all the games, and rules. It was KILLER confusing to me (new agility person) and they were asses about explaining it or giving you updated information. Also, if you won a title, you HAD to be on the Yahoo group to get notification (or some such shit). I was all "bleh!" and bailed.

I then went to USDAA, we have fewer of those, but I "got" the system and was happy to run preferred so Ruben wouldn't have to jump 22. That's the only thing that sorta bugged me about USDAA was the jump heights being so high. I did a bit of CPE with him, but the games were too confusing for me and I couldn't figure out if I'd moved up or earned a title, tho, the CPE web page AND it's support staff were lovely about explaining stuff. Also Ruben did AKC, I found it expensive, but dang, you just can't get more simple. At that time, only Jumpers w/ weaves and Standard offered. Easy, Peasy.

I only got into ASCA w/ Razor last year due to Nationals being w/in driving distance. I'm sure glad I did tho. I LOVE it. The courses are challenging in a WAY different way than what I'm used to (distance, go on's, discriminations, etc) and the people just can't be beat. I love that they're close to home in a LOVELY location and even the ones I've traveled to have been fun. I would say I made new friends, and I'm glad I did. Also, they feed us!!! you can NOT beat that... no one has EVER fed me before. :)
Jan. 24th, 2012 05:21 pm (UTC)
When I started trialing, it was with NADAC and USDAA as those were the two venues my club (Columbia Agility Team) sponsored. I think the first year, I only did a few shows.

I branched to AKC since there were more options locally and CPE because CAT started to sponsor those shows too. I stopped doing NADAC because I got tired of the abuse from the owner to me and others who were putting on local shows. I also found the constant rule changes annoying.

Now I compete in AKC, USDAA, and occasionally UKI and CPE. I like CPE to start dogs, and UKI for the challenging courses but there aren't a lot of UKI locally. Last year, my focus was USDAA, but this year it's going to be AKC.

I generally choose venues based upon goals (getting to nationals, trying out for WTT) or for experience (CPE for baby dogs and UKI for international coursework). There are a few judges I won't show under, but that's not a big consideration. There are judges I will seek out because I enjoy their courses.

No opinion on equipment or rules, but non-rubberized is a deal breaker for me. I jump at the highest height, and with the preferred/performance/select program, jump heights aren't an issue for me.
Jan. 25th, 2012 12:17 am (UTC)
There's less down time in USDAA than in any other venue (except maybe NADAC but that's so different from mainstream agility that I consider it a different sport altogether). It also has the most varied handling challenges, the most varied types of classes and the most mentally challenging, too. Consequently, it's the most fun for me.
Jan. 25th, 2012 08:18 am (UTC)
When I started, there was ONLY USDAA, so consequently, it's my favorite. I did some NADAC before it got all weird, and I've done some CPE, AKC and UKI in recent years, mostly as it suited my needs for the dogs. Right now, I'm only doing trials locally, so I'm thinking of doing some CPE and AKC, as they are the closest. I will continue to do USDAA as they come up in the schedule, but again, mostly locally. There are a couple of places that we don't seem to have a lot of success (Elma comes to mind), or times of year (I am NOT a fan of trialling in January and February) and there are some trials that conflict with my union work. I really don't pay much attention to who the judges are; it just doesn't much matter to me.
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