Stevie Ray started training for Dog Agility early on with two goals in mind. Making the Canadian Agility Team, in order to attend the FCI World Dog Agility Championships and also winning the AAC Canadian Championship. This would likely require running clean for 6 rounds, 2 Standard Agility, 2 Gamblers and 2 Jumpers rounds, for all AAC Regionals and National Championship Events. In 2005 Stevie Ray had just turned 18 months before the National Championship and had only run at one agility trial and I did not enter her in Saskatoon. In 2006 Stevie Ray was in heat for the Regional Championship and I was the Co-Chair of the 2006 AAC National Championship and ran the event in Burnaby BC. This made it impossible to run Stevie Ray effectively due running 6 rings and 465 dogs.
In 2007, despite winning the BC/Yukon Regional Championship, Stevie Ray was banned by BSL and the AAC’s decision to holds the Event in Ontario. In 2008 the event was in New Brunswick, but we were unable to attend as we prepared for the 2008 FCI World Dog Agility Championships being held in Helsinki Finland for the Canadian Agility Team on behalf of the Canadian Kennel Club. In 2009 Stevie Ray was once again banned from the National Championship due to BSL and was also in heat during the 2009 BC/Yukon Regional Championship, so she was bred in 2009. After suffering from a hind leg tendon problem and long recovery, Stevie Ray won the 10″ Specials Class at the 2010 AAC BC/Yukon Regional Championship and placed 2nd in the 10″ Specials Class at the 2010 AAC National Championship in Calgary Alberta. A sore tendon in her rear leg and a failure on my part to see the sun coming out from the clouds, led to overheating and a slow Jumpers with a knocked bar. Our old Rival Rockit, with Barb Davis, took 1st Place for 10″ Specials in 2010. Cheers Barb!
Stevie Ray is now retired in order to preserve her body for her favorite games, running for her ball and tugging it with me.
Accomplishments and Awards
Front row: Roxanne Pardiac (Monroe), Richard Ford (Stevie Ray), Lucie Dessureault (Nitro), Suzanne Labrie (Copine), Justine Davenport (Chase), Suzanne Boldt (Flip), Nikky Snook (Roper)
Back Row: Lori Pichurski, Linda Barton, Tiffany Salmon and “Rio”, Wendy MacLellan and “Kaizen”, Theresa Rector and “Phoenix”, Lynda Orton-Hill and “Spirit”, Adrian Rooyakkers and “Fizz”, Susan Garrett and “Encore”