RICCARDA’S BEAGLE NALA WAS TITLED “GERMAN SUPERDOG”
As far as you can remember Riccarda Shuenemann (Germany) with her beagle Nala has taken the golden medal on the 1st IFCS World Agility Championship 2002 and has received the title “World Champion”. Some weeks ago one of German magazines has published the article about Riccarda and Nala and their victory. The photo of Nala was placed on the cover of this issue of the magazine. Moreover the magazine has honored Nala with the title “German Superdog” for her achievement on the Championship!
You can find wonderful photos of Nala and text of the article here...
COMPETITOR'S REPORT on 2002 Moscow IFCS Agility World Championships (by Julie Daniels), published in Dog&Handler magazine
Julie Daniels, Team USA
In late March, 2002, USDAA took a team of four dogs to Russia for the trip of a lifetime. USDAA President Kenneth Tatsch escorted us from JFK airport in New York on a direct flight to Moscow. We arrived in time for a few days to settle in before the big competition. We were halfway around the world, with a time difference of 12 hours from the east coast.
INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF CYNOLOGICAL SPORTS. WHAT IS IT? (by Yuri Ostashenko) Dog&Handler magazine (March/April 2003)
Why was IFCS created?
It hardly seems possible that more than three years have passed since our organization was first created. Many of us at that time were thinking that sports with dogs did not have their own international structure like other kinds of sports, such as those included in the Olympics. The only exception was sled-dog sport with an international federation (IFSS) and continental associations of its members. Our first steps toward creating an international sports organization had the goal of uniting efforts of national associations of different countries in integrating many kinds of dog sports into the international sports system and Olympic movement.
THE HISTORY OF AGILITY (by Steven Drinkwater)
The sport of Dog Agility as we know it today is one of the largest canine activities in the world. But that was not always the case. What we now recognise as Agility was in the beginning a form of entertainment at the world famous Crufts Dog Show.
The 1978 Crufts Agility demonstration was held on the 10th February in the main ring and was scheduled to entertain the crowds between the completion of the Obedience Championships and the start of Group Judging of the conformation (Show) dogs. The demonstration consisted of two teams of four dogs, all smartly dressed in team tracksuits. The reaction from the crowd on that humble day sealed the future fate of Agility and insured the global success the sport enjoys today.
AGILITY MILESTONES (by Peter Lewis) USDAA. Dog Agility Report, year-end review 2000 pp.33-34. Abridged
On recent travels to another country I was discussing the origins of agility, as what I had written for the Dog World Millennium issue (a European magazine) was still somewhat fresh in my mind. During the discussion I pointed out one or two early occurrences that could have changed the sport, some quite dramatically, and it occurred to me that agility followers might like to know about them.
As regular readers will know, the first official rules that were made were quite minimal and this turned out to be a blessing in disguise as it allowed custom and practice to develop. Some of that custom has since been incorporated into the rules. On the other hand, if at the beginning additional rules had been made to cover every little point, then what subsequently developed as practice may never have become an accepted part of the sport. So what might have occurred that would make the sport look very different today?