Summer Highlights of NEAT members

It’s been a busy summer for NEAT members after the trial in May.

Here are a few highlights from our members:

Dexter and Liz earned their SPR (starters performance relay) title at the BARK trial in July – this is Dexter’s first USDAA title – congrats Dexter!


Dexter and his USDAA ribbons from BARK

Christina and Pippa got their first Performance 2 Gamblers Q at the BARK trial and earned their APD (Advanced Performance Dog – 3 Q’s in P2 standard and at least 1 in each of P2 Gamblers, Snooker, Jumpers and Pairs). Congrats Pippa! Pippa also teamed up with Dahli to run “strategic pairs” which was some of the most fun anyone’s ever seen at an agility trial.


Strategic Pairs is a wild and fun game

One week later, Dahli finished her 3rd leg of P2 Standard and joined Pippa in the APD club by earning her title at the Data Driven Agility trial in Vermont! Dahli also enjoyed her first trip to the New England Regionals.


Master’s (or P3) Furrever now says Dahli showing off her APD ribbon at Data Driven Agility.

Penny and Miranda have had a busy summer – Penny moved up from Enthusiast to Regular in CPE and got her first few Level 3 Q’s. She also had fun at USDAA Regionals and got her first USDAA P1 Q in Jumpers, and then got 2 more in Jumpers and Snooker at BARK.


Penny has been racking up the ribbons at CPE and USDAA this summer.

NORM! and Amanda had a great time in Turnbridge, VT at a trial. Here they are taking a break from the agility ring to strut their stuff!


Norm and Amanda always have a blast together!

Nancy’s Skipper earned his Intro Versatility Award and Novice Versatility Awards this spring. He earned his 1st Elite title, Elite Tunnelers on July 29th! Here’s Skipper showing off his awards:

Annie states that “I’m sure we did lots of great stuff and got NADAC titles and stuff, but I forget what and don’t really care enough to look it up. My brag is Chico is still running happily and Bonney is getting faster.” Which is a good reminder to all that it’s not the titles but the moments you share with your dog that matters the most.

And along those line’s … Lauren, Ben, and Dahli excitedly welcomed Nate Dogg to their family in July – he has since learned some tunnels, wobble boards, a table, and a tire… but his biggest accomplishment? Pooping while on a leash in a strange new place at the New England USDAA Regionals. Way to go Nate!


Nate at his new home with a new toy!

NEAT’s 30th Anniversary Trial

NEAT Recently held their 30th anniversary trial.

You can read all about it on the USDAA website. Or copied below for convenience!


NEAT’s 30th Anniversary Trial

New England club NEAT celebrates 30 years.

We’ve been NEAT for ThirtyYears!

Thirty years is a long time and that’s how long New England AgilityTeam has been an agility club with USDAA. All those years ago, Ken Tatsch saw something in England and brought it back to the USA. Julie Daniels and Jean MacKenzie each contacted Ken about getting involved, and he put those two together to expand agility into New England.The result of that collaboration was NEAT, founded in 1988.

May 19-20, 2018, in Greenland NH, marked NEAT’s 30th Anniversary Trial! Thanks to all who helped to make this celebration a festive event. Many members, old and new, participated and had a great time running their dogs, visiting the Memory Tent, and feasting at NEAT’s Potluck/BBQ on Saturday night.

Thanks to Andy Hartman for making the trip to join NEAT on Saturday to help celebrate this fabulous milestone and presenting the club with a beautiful plaque. The History/Memory Tent set up by Julie was very popular. It is amazing how far the world of agility has progressed.

Thanks also to our wonderful judges, Maureen Sullivan and Trisha Stall, for challenging but fun courses.

Many new titles were earned – Congratulations to all!

  • Trudy and Sandi Bixler – PRM
  • Fia and Chris Holm – SM
  • Dazzle and Kristen Bartoli – SPG
  • Wik and Kathy Clement – PRCh – Bronze
  • Kelso and Delaney Ratner – PDCH
  • Oswin and Seth Dunn – JM
  • Striker and Seth Dunn – PTM – Diamond
  • Dahli and Lauren Kras – SPR and APK

Thanks to all who helped make this trial and celebration a great success! (All photos courtesy of Ben Griffith unless otherwise noted.

A NEAT time at NADAC

This weekend club members Nancy, Miranda, Annie, and Lauren all went to the NADAC trial hosted by Addicted to Agility in Rhode Island.

At their first NADAC trial, Miranda and Penny had a lot of success! It took Penny a few tries to get used to the black colored contacts but then Penny became quiet proficient with her favorite obstacle (the dog walk). Penny racked up 4 Q’s and 2 first, 3 second, 3 third, and 2 fourth places …  way to go Penny!

Also new to NADAC was Annie and her dogs Bonney and Chico. Bonney had a wonderful weekend with 5 Q’s including two towards her Novice Regular title! She was happy to see old doggy friends but also made a new friend in a handsome dog named Beau.  Chico, (who is 13!), has competed in many other venues making it all the way to Master’s but this was his first time in NADAC. He enjoyed starting over at the novice level and Q’ed all 10 runs he entered in! But most importantly he may have been the happiest dog on the course and many enjoyed watching his sheer joy as he sped around the ring over each obstacle in his way!

Nancy and Skipper had a great time but were only able to make the trial on Saturday morning but still had some great runs including a perfect, smooth, connected Regular run with a Q and a 1st place. And Nancy was happy that every set of weave poles was perfect all day! You can watch a video of Skipper’s regular run  – look at him go!!!


Lauren and Dahli competed in 16 runs and earned 9 Q’s (including their first open Q in jumpers!). Dahli also earned 4 new titles (Novice Barrelers, Novice Tunnelers, Novice Hoopers, and Novice Regular). Dahli enjoyed her time running in the ring but most enjoyed the fish skins and mozzarella cheese she earned as a reward.

USDAA Trial in Amherst

This past weekend many members were present at the BARK USDAA trial in Amherst.

Here’s a few highlights:

Sandy and Jed earned a Gambler Q (#25 = Gambler Champion Silver), a Standard Q and a Pairs Q (Master’s Level).

Liz and Dexter earned a Q in P1 Pairs and Snooker in their second ever USDAA Trial!!!


Dexter showing off his 2 Q’s and 2 firsts!

Annie and Bonney got their 3rd Q in P1 Snooker earning their P1 Snooker title!


Bonney with her P1 Snooker Title Ribbon!

Lauren and Dahli got 4 Q’s in P1 Snooker, Jumpers, Gamblers, and Pairs (with Liz/Dexter).


Dahli was tuckered after 4 runs at the trial.

Amanda and Norm! got a Q in P1 jumpers – their second jumpers Q towards their P1 jumpers title!


“Only one more Q and I get my P1 jumpers title!” – Norm

AKC Agility Highlights for Club Members

Following on our CPE highlights, we thought we would do some AKC highlights!

NORM! and Amanda did a run in AKC in January (Normy’s bday run) at the Agility club of NH trial and got his second novice jumpers q!

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Izzy and Nadine have had a very good winter in AKC agility. In December, they got their first Double Q in Masters Standard and Masters JWW.


Izzy showing off her smile – that’s worth 2 Q’s in and of itself!

Chico and Bonney did some AKC agility in Denver (yes, Denver, Colorado!). Bonney got her first novice preferred Q’s – one in jumpers and one in standard. Older gentleman Chico was the second fastest qualifying dog in his Time To Beat class and he got his Rally Novice title!


Chico showing no signs of slowing down on the A-frame at Run Thrus last year!