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
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:
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.
DACOF also has a Facebook group
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.
Some NADAC links.
TDAA is in the bottom tier (under 20 trial days per year) of trials in Florida. Most trials are in the middle of the peninsula. They are mostly in indoor training buildings on mats. One trial set is held outdoors on grass.
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.
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
Clicking on the address will open a Google map in a new tab/window centered on the trial site and usually zoomed out to a level to get a perspective of the location. You can then zoom in/out as desired, switch to satellite view to see what the property looks like and enter street view to see what the entrance looks like. You can also get directions. To enter street view, click on the little yellow man. The streets where street view is available will be hi-lighted. You can then click on the point where you want to see the street view and drag the cursor around to rotate the view or click down the road to drive down the road. Google will often have photos of the location (in some cases, thousands)
The alternative lodging and RV links will take you to sites that will give you some alternatives to the facilities provided in the premium.
Florida has a wide variety of trial sites ranging from training facilities in someone’s back yard (a big back yard!) to commercial facilities like the World Equestrian Center which has five climate controlled arenas each of which could easily hold four agility rings (five with not much space in-between). In between there are a couple of single ring indoor facilities with synthetic turf, some smaller indoor facilities with mats (usually TDAA & UKC trials), some outdoor covered equestrian arenas capable of two rings and indoor equestrian facilities with room for two rings.
Trial sites come and go. Of particular note, the Turner Center in Arcadia really got Summer agility started in Florida. Well air-conditioned and room for two AKC rings on the dirt floor it opened up agility in the summer time. Until that time there were only UKC & TDAA trials held on mats in a few smaller indoor training facilities and DACOF. Bratty Paws and Dog Training club of St. Petersburg opened up indoor rings on turf with space for full size AKC rings. At the start of COVID-19, the use of the Turner Center became problematic and the two sites picked up the slack.
Clicking the trial site list button will bring up a scrollable list of trial sites organized by the name of the city where it is located. In some cases there may be a couple of cities separated by a slash where the site may be between a couple of locations or in the case of The Grand Oaks Resort where the main entrance is in Wiersdale and the RV/exibitor entrance is in Lady Lake. Clicking on a link will take you to a page describing the site.