a guide to dog agility competition in Florida
These statistics are a byproduct of a spreadsheet that I use to keep track of trials. I cannot report on numbers of runs, etc. Except for AKC, the figures are just not there. Even then it takes weeks to get the numbers from the AKC.
CPE is the second most popular venue in the terms of trial weekends and trial days. The bulk of the trials are currently held in the main part of Florida north of Tampa. All of these sites are outdoors on grass. Recently, Calusa has been offering CPE trials at Bratty Paws (indoors on synthetic turf). Also, the introduction of CPE Speedway events that consist of hoops, barrels and tunnels and the smaller space requirements have prompted IPOC to hold some Summer Speedway events on their indoor mats.
Some useful CPE links
DACOF is a state wide agility team competition that is usually held at the end of June at a large indoor facility. It is not sanctioned by any organization but generally follows AKC rules. Teams are sponsored by clubs or can just be a group of individuals that train together.
If you would like to organize a team, you need to start planning by January. Check the “Send a Team” title on the DACOF web site for what you need to do to send a team. Also check the “Important Deadlines” page on the site for the various deadlines. These deadlines will also be in the Floridaagility Calendar.
NADAC is in the bottom tier (under 20 trial days per year) of trials in Florida. All of the trials are in the Tampa area and do not have RV facilities. They are mostly outdoors on grass and a summer trial indoors at DTCT. Ileana Nadal, who hosted most of the NADAC trials recently passed and the future of NADAC trials in Florida is TBD.
Some NADAC links.
The most popular of the venues. Nearly half of the trial sets and over half of the trial days. Most AKC events are held indoors on artificial turf or in outdoor covered areas on dirt. A few are held outdoors on grass. Most of the AKC sites have RV facilities or will allow dry camping. The major exception is the indoor site at St Petersburg which does not have room. AKC trials are held in all parts of the state from Pensacola to Miami. Most weekends will have at least one set of trials and I have seen as many as four AKC trial sets spread across the state.
Some useful AKC links:
UKC is in the bottom tier (under 20 trial days per year) of trials in Florida. The trials are basically offered by two clubs. MADTA in Ocala and IPOC in Lakeland. IPOC trials are indoors on mats and MADTA is usually outdoors with Obedience, etc in their building.
Links for UKC
The Australian Shepherd Club of America ranks in the bottom tier of agility trials in Florida. A single club offers four sets of three day trials a year. The trials are held under a covered arena (Baker, FL) in the panhandle..
Some useful ASCA links:
UKI lies in the middle tier of organizations in Florida. Not as many trials as AKC or CPE but significantly more than the organizations in the bottom tier. The UKI US-OPEN will reside in Jacksonville for the next few years. Anyone can attend the US OPEN but you can earn byes into the later rounds at UKI trials. The trial sites are either on grass or on synthetic turf at Bratty Paws.
This spread sheet helps me keep track of upcoming trials. A trial is entered in the sheet when it appears on the calendar of the licensing organization. If the trial is subsequently cancelled, the venue is changed to “CAN”. The opening date is used to calculate the due date for AKC&UKI and the rest of the organizations use the trial date. The color codes help identify premiums that are due or past due.
This new site makes extensive use pop up windows like this for displaying information, sub menus, etc. For example, clicking on one of the organizations in the beginning of the page will open a pop up window with information for that organization. To close this and all the other pop up windows just click the “X” in the upper right corner. The text in most of the pop up windows is scrollable.
The old site will remain available at http://floridaagility.com.s3-website-us-east-1.amazonaws.com/index.html for a limited time. If there is something from the old site that you would like to see on this site, let me know. Old links to premiums in the calendar to the old site will also get you into the old site structure.
This pop up will appear once (actually, it will appear again a year from now if I forget to remove the code!) . If you want to see it again, click on the New Site info link at the bottom of the front page. If you use a private/incognito window or different browser or regularly toss your cookies this will pop up again.
The general philosophy of this site is to open documents not within the Florida Agility navigation structure in a new tab/window.
Do let me know if you spot any errors or bad links.
USDAA lies in the middle tier of organizations in Florida. Not as many trials as AKC or CPE but significantly more than the organizations in the bottom tier. Most USDAA trials are held in the north half of Florida. Most of the trials are on grass but Pals & Paws does them on dirt indoors at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center or outdoors on dirt under cover at the St. Johns county fairgrounds.
The following are the notification options. In general they are the easiest (and most invasive) to the most difficult (and least invasive) order:
FEED LINK: http://floridaagility.com/premiums/premiums-index.xml
This site is intended to be a tool kit for agility competitors in Florida, whether they are residents, snowbirds or just visiting for a week or more and want to squeeze a trial in with your other tourist adventures. Most flavors of agility can be found in Florida. These include AKC, ASCA, CPE, NADAC, TDAA, UKC, UKI and USDAA. There is also a team event held at the end of June - DACOF (Dog Agility Competition of Florida) that generally follows AKC rules but is not sanctioned.
Some site features:
For those in RVs, most of the AKC sites are RV friendly with some degree of hookups ranging from electric only to water/electric/sewer hookups. There are a few AKC sites where you will have to dry camp and one that does not allow camping. The trial site information will indicate the RV accommodations.