Monday, April 27, 2009

My recent Judging trip to Bacolod City, Philippines!

5th National PANAAD Dog Agility Competition was a Negros Occidental Yearly
PANAAD festival event. During the week long festival, Dog Agility was selected
to be staged as a Grand Event at Center Stage. It's was held in the PANAAD
Stadium, on April 22, 2009.

Bacolod City is a very pretty and scenic city in Negros Occidental. Bacolod City
supply more than 51% of the Sugar Cane to the whole of Philippines. On our way
from Bacolod-Silay City International Airport, we drove through the country-side
to the city, it was covered with Sugar Cane plantations.

In the Spanish House with Edward and Anna

At the Ruins! Beautiful Place! Big BIG Gardens!

Dexter, Nikko and Anna (Notice Nikko wearing our Singapore World Team Shirt) Thanks for your support Nikko!
At Tito Donnie's NFFAI. Many Australian Zoos are supporting their cause to save the forest and its animal. Kudos to Tito Donnie and his people!

Before the event, we were treated like tourist and our great host Anna, Edward
and Nikko brought us to understand the history of Bacolod by visiting the
Spanish House and the Ruins. Tito Donnie and Lynette took us to Donnie's Negros
Forest and Agricultural Foundation Inc an environmental rescue zoo that saved
the many wildlife birds and animals from the forest and created a breeding
programme for these animals before they became extinct. At night we were taken
to their clubhouse where we had dinner and met their many supportive members.
Members came from all walks of life from Farmers to Hotel CEOs and Artists to
dog trainers. Dentists and vets and hardware shop owners. We were introduce to
Bacolod's specialty the Chicken Inasal from Chicken Hause. BBQed Chicken Dipped
in vinegar, soy sauce and lime added with white rice. Simple and good! Theses
were great people with very sweet dogs. The Belgium Malinois seem to be the most
popular big breeds there. Very few Border Collies but the Davao people brought
their Beagles, Minpins, Cocker Spaniel and Golden Ret. And these dogs did great
in Agility. First time we see such fast Beagles and Minpins doing Agility!

This Year beside the crowd entreating Dog Agility Competition, they are holding
their first ever Dog Frisbee Competition in Negros! The participants are from
Manila, Davao, Gen. Santos, Zamboanga, Cebu and Negros Occidental. There was a
great variety of dog breeds; Belgian Malinois, Border Collie, Cocker Spaniels,
Shetland Sheepdogs, Jack Russell Terriers, Jack Russell Parsons, Boxer, Bulldog,
Minpins, Beagles, Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, Belgian Tervurens,
Pit bull etc And the youngest competitor, Kobe is a 12 year old boy from Davao.

Beside their main event of Dog Agility & Frisbee Competition, they too have a go
at various extreme sports. The rule of the game is the winner takes all. The
extreme sports are the High Jump, Wall Scaling, and Super Weaves Challenge(36
poles). The winner of the high jump was a tie between 2 Malinois, Jumping at
1.75 metres. The Super Weaves Challenge won by a Jack Russell Terrier at 6
second. The Wall Scaling was called off due to rain.

The 5th PANAAD National Dog Agility Competition was organized by K9 Obedience
Club, Province of Negros Occidental and Pro Plan. On Tuesday, dated April 21, I
was invited to Judge in the K9 Obedience Club for Starters Jumpers, Starter
Snooker and the Extreme Sports. We have about 24 participants in the Starter
Jumpers Class. The Standard of Agility, the handling skills and their level of
competitiveness, has impressed deeply, especially the teams from Davao, Gen.
Santos and Zamboanga. Their dog's line and their precise handling skills put
them in the pole positions. The competitions are tight, as many good teams put
in strong performances.

Starter Snooker are still new to many in the Philippines. However many teams
have a go at this strategic game. I am fairly surprise that many teams have put
in a strong performances. The winning teams complete the Snooker Class with high

On the actual day of the 5th PANAAD National Dog Agility Competitions, we have
both the Mini and Maxi Dog Agility Classes. And of course, their first ever Dog
Frisbee Competition. The PANAAD Stadium was filled with people wanting to catch
and be entertained by the best trained dogs in the Philippines. We have about 2
thousands spectators. We kick start the Maxi-Agility Class at about 4pm.

Next is the first ever Dog Frisbee Competitions. We have the single disc event.
Right after the Dog Frisbee event, we have the Mini-Agility Class.

The Standard Agility Course that I've designed provided the following challenges
for the team. The Course opens with a tire jump straight on to the teeter. One
or two teams have fly-off here. Without good performance on teeter, dogs will
over run and go on the Dogwalk that was a off-course trap. Having to perform a
pin-wheel with tunnel, bring the dog onto the dogwalk. At the down contact,
handlers require to push the dogs to the left into another tunnel and a good
entry into the weavepoles. A good number of teams were having difficulty to get
their dogs into the tunnel on the right side. Next is the chute and straight on
to the pause table for 5 seconds count. After the 5 seconds count, the next was
the A-Frame and transit to another pin-wheel this time on the anti-clockwise
direction. This pin-wheel will bring you to another trap obstacle the tunnel,
where handlers need to drive their dogs straight to the broadjump and a last
sprint to a double jump and the end line. The trap tunnel seems to inviting to
some teams, where their dogs was suck into the tunnels and causing them a wrong
course or a standard fault for the Starters Class. All-in-all a very strong
performances by the teams and given the pressure and the overwhelming crowds,
some team couldn't perform, while the others put in a good shows to wow the
immersing crowds.

After a highly competitive competition, we were asked to go back to refresh
ourselves and we were treated to a Prize Presentation & Celebrations Dinner at a
very special bar opened by an expat who also mentioned about his bar at the
Harbourfront in Singapore. We all have a great time interacting, sharing
laughters and disappointments that they had in this event. All winners got their
trophy and prize money and we all have a great time partying to the wee hours.

Its was a very impressionable trip for us, seeing and witnessing ourselves what
Dog Agility Enthusiasts working together to create a strong family bond between
dogs and handlers and above all, having so much great fun with their lovely
trained dogs.

We would like to thank the dog agility people of the Philippines and the great
people we met there in Bacolod! We look forward to your continued enthusiasm for
the dog sport of Agility

We will be happy to go back to Judge if we are invited again by these cool
people from the Philippines.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Exciting New Phases for us in USDAA Singapore!

We are into our new phase in our USDAA Singapore development. Our USDAA Titling and Tournament are gathering traction as we seen 5 International Dog Agility Titled Dogs in Singapore and we have 3 local qualifiers for the USD10K Master Dog Agility Steeplechase World Championships FY09!

And now our USDAA Judges are being invited to Judge in Overseas Assignments.

1. 6th & 7th Agility Trials in Johor, Malaysia on 14th March 2009 - Mr Dexter Sim,

2. 5th PANAAD National Dog Agility Competitions in Philippines on 21 & 22 April 2009 - Mr Dexter Sim, &

3. Pet World Malaysia 2009 in KL - Mr Dexter Sim & Ms Debra Sim judging in Obedience & Dog Agility Trials.

Very exciting year for us as Judges too. And our plan to get continuous exposures in International Judging Exchanges is ongoing.

In this way we can continue to stay ahead with the Dog Agility Standard and our core people in this sport will stay abreast with our Asian counterpart in their progresses and achievements.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Great Results for USDAA Singapore!

Great Results for USDAA Singapore!

It's 2nd Year into Our USDAA Affiliation, our Singapore USDAA Teams have done very well and it's all worth calling for celebrations!

Local Qualifier FY2009 USD10K Master Dog Agility Steeplechase World Championships
Jazzmine Ng & her Shetland Sheepdog, PRINCE,
Lucas Bong & his Border Collie, BAILEY &
Dexter Sim & his Border Collie, MAX.

These qualifiers are also one step closer to gain their Lifetime Achievement Award - Master Tournament Title!

5 International Agility Dogs Titled in Singapore!
We have 5 teams who have gained their International title dogs here in Singapore, they have made us all very proud. Keep up the good work!

Starter Jumping Dog Title (SJ)
Elsa Soo & her Mini-Schnazuer, WHISKY,

Performance 1 Standard Dog Title (PS1)
Jazzmine Ng & her Shetland Sheepdog, PRINCE,
Shanice Tan & her Shetland Sheepdog, NOVA

Performance 1 Jumping Dog Titile (PJ1)
Jazzmine Ng & her Shetland Sheepdog, PRINCE,
Shanice Tan & her Shetland Sheepdog, NOVA,
Tina Chee & her Border Collie, BUDDY, &
Dexter Sim & his Border Collie, BENJI.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Congratuations Benji! Diamondisle Loch and Legasi Benji PJ1!

Hi all,

We would like to congratulate to all winners of the recent USDAA Trials. We have 3 who qualified for the Steeplechase Tournament giving them a headstart to their International Tournament Masters Title. Also we have some who has earned legs to their titles and gained their titles too. Also we have our first Performance II Agility and Jumpers Event held which is the next level of titling which will also require 3 clean runs within standard course times. More results updates coming soon!

Meantime we are writing to congratulate our very own dog Benji! Gaining his first International Agility Title PJ1 (Performance 1 Jumpers). He is the first Border Collie in Singapore to attain it for the 22 inch class. Congrats my boy! We are so proud of you! Smooch! Smooch!

Also congrats to all trialers! They are all winners here as we can see the improvements they have made to their training bringing up the standard of dog agility in Singapore. Well done you all! And to those that helped out in the ring a BIG THANK YOU! Also thank you to our Judges, Donato and Christine for taking their time off to judge this event.

Our Shirt and Caps are all given out during the 2 days event. HUGE SUCCESS I MUST SAY! Apologies to those who did not get them.

This trial had some international flavour to it cause we had visitors from KL,Malaysia and the Phillipines all agility enthusiasts coming to watch our event. Mr and Mrs Khoo, Mr Chan, Bernard, Fawn, Mun Yee and Susan volunteered to help us out in setting up the equipments and Fawn even took some great photos from his camera giving the event a very impressive feel with his great action shots! Excellent Photography skills I must say! They had a field running our dogs Max and Benji in the games and it was great being that this is the first time the dogs met them. Thank you to all who made our neighbouring country friends feel welcome and we hope that they like what they see! Also we do hope that they will consider joining our USDAA family in Asia. The Countries that joined USDAA now are China, HongKong, Phillipines, Japan and Singapore.

Dog Agility will continue to dominate in Asia, and perhaps one day we can hold a Regional Tournament in Asia. Keep your fingers crossed!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

5th USDAA Sanctioned Trials write up by PetnYou!

Hi All,

Please find the write up by our Malaysia counterpart on our 5th USDAA Sanctioned Trials events last weekends.



Hugely Successful 5th USDAA Sanctioned Trials!

Hi All,

We are very pleased to announce that we had a Hugely Successful 5th USDAA International Dog Agility Sanctioned Trials last weekends in Bishan Park Dog Run.

The weather for the weekends were fantastic, it's hot and dry and we had a very exciting agility competitions. On Saturdays, 28th March 2009, we have the Championships Titling Programmes such as Starters Standard Agility, Jumpers, Snooker, Gamblers and Pairs Relay. And we also had a tournament class known as USD10k Master Dog Agility Steeplechase World Championships local qualifiers event.

We have a total of 19 dogs in competitions on Saturday, and we have about 27 dogs in competitions on Sunday. A whipping HIGH number of participants ever recorded in Dog Agility Competitions in Singapore. Each dog runs approxiately 7 classes, that adds up to 133 runs for the titling events and 24 runs for the International tournaments. That excludes the beginners classes.

Our Sunday events were Performance Titling Programmes such as Performance 1 Standard Agility, Performance 2 Standard Agility, Beginners Standard Agility, Performance 1 Jumpers, Performance 2 Jumpers and Beginners Jumpers. Our tournament class on Sunday is our Grand Prix of Dog Agility World Championships local qualifiers event.

The Crowd turn out was good and we are sure that we have managed to introduce the Great Dog Sport of Dog Agility to more people here in Singapore.

We want to thank our Judges, Mr. Donato Poblador (Philippines) and Ms Debra Sim (S'pore). We also want to thank Ms Christine Ang (S'pore) for Judging in our Beginners Classes. Judges not only ensure the smooth running of the events, they also to challenge us individual with their unique Course Designs. Judges need to appropriately provides the level of difficulty in challenge, ensure smooth flowing courses and ensure participants display command and control on their dogs in the competitions. So when visitors see our dogs in action, they will appreciate the level of training, the time, effort we spent on our dogs to bring us where we are today. At the same time this is an excellent platform to educate people on responsible pet ownerships.

We want to thank our co-sponsors PROPLAN & NPARKS for their contineous support. And our prizes are sponsored by PROPLAN and PUPS DOG TRAINING and the spacious and beautiful Arena in Bishan Park Dog Run is by NPARKS.

We want to thank all our volunteers, anderson, annie, noody, khoo, fawn, chan, bernard, anna, alvin, ah hua, patrick, karma, yu lin and many more......... without you volunteers, we will not have enjoyed the great weekends outing with our dogs.

We also want to thank the PetnYou Team from Malaysia coming down to join us in our Agility Competitions. Mr & Mrs Khoo, Bernard, Susan, Chan, Mun Yee, Fawn, etc please forgive if I left you out. We hope you have enjoyed handling some of our dogs in competitions. Hopefully to see you guys more often and who knows, we might be able to compete in each others home turf when the quarantine rules relaxes.

Agility Competitions photos are now available at
Photos are courtesy of Fawn Loong and Debra Sim.

Agility Competitions results will also very available very soon, so keep a look up at this space for more updates coming your way.


USDAAsg, Agility Dogs for Any Flavour!

USDAAsg, Agility Dogs for Any Flavour!
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