RENO, Nev. In a sport where Jack Russell terriers and border collies typically rule the competition, it was a miniature schnauzer that owned the day in the Sporting Dog Small Agility event at the ESPN Great Outdoor Games.
Kimie, a six-year-old female schnauzer handled by Christine Frank, went home with the gold medal after running the 20-obstacle course with a combined time of 1:26 for the standard and speed rounds. Kimie, whose registered name is Liebchen Kimberly Von Steen, was a Great Outdoor Games rookie but her trainer is a veteran of the sport.
|In winning the Large Dog Agility event, Ransom was the only dog to post a flawless score.|
She continued, "This makes it very obvious that agility is a sport that any dog owner can participate and enjoy."
The silver medal went to Sizzle, a male Sheltie handled by Karen Holik, a legal secretary from Chicago. Sizzle finished with a combined time of 1:19, including a medal round run in which she was assessed five course faults for missing a Tire Jump obstacle.
DeCaff, a Jack Russell terrier-border collie mix, earned the bronze medal with a combined run time of 1:28. DeCaff was handled by Susan Garrett, 45, and a professional dog trainer from Canada. DeCaff, the fastest dog in the qualifying round, was assessed 5 course faults for downing a hurdle bar.
In the Large Agility competition, the gold went to Ransom, a border collie handled by Sherry Kluever of Romeoville, Ill., Ransom had a combined standard and speed round course time of 1:14 and was the only dog with a flawless score.
"I'm very pleased, although my biggest concern is always how she comes off the line at the start," said Kluever. "But she is just a great dog and built for this type of competition."
The silver medal went to Static, a three-time Great Outdoor Games performer handled by Jen Pinder of Lapeer, Mich. Static, one of many border collies in the event, ran the course in a cumulative time of 1:17.
Spring, a border collie and the defending bronze medalist, repeated the feat this year after running the event in 1:15. Spring, also the 2001 gold medalist and agility veteran, was assessed five course faults, including a downed hurdle bar.
Eight dogs competed in the Small Agility event and 16 ran in the Large Agility competition.
Final Standings Large Dog Agility
1. Ransom/Sherry Kluever, Romeoville, Ill.
2. Static/Jen Pinder, Lapeer, Mich.
3. Spring/Julie Daniels, North Sandwich, N.H.
4. Quick/Kate Moureaux, Fillmore, Calif.
5. Secret/Stacy Peardot-Goudy, La Porte, Colo.
6. Luz/Olga Chaiko, North Hollywood, Calif.
7. Spy/Jim Basic, San Jose, Calif.
8. Revel/Barbara DeMascio, Gilbertsville, Pa.
9. Wicked/Nancy Gyes, San Jose, Calif.
10. Echo/Ken Fairchild, North Sandwich, N.H.
11. Vixen/Shannon Miller, Santa Ana, Calif.
12. Remy/Terry Smorch, Lake Elmo, Minn.
13. Sydney/Eric Bobkowski, West Chicago, Ill.
14. Mariah/Chris Hill, Glendale, Ariz.
15. Qwik/Stuart Mah, Bryceville, Fla.
16. Rave/Wendy Vogelgesgang San Clemente, Calif.
Final Standings Small Dog Agility
1. Kimie/Christine Frank, Chesterfield, Mich.
2. Sizzle/Karen Holik, West Chicago, Ill.
3. DeCaff/Susan Garrett, Alberton, Canada
4. Shimmer/Barb Davis, Newman Lake, Wash.
5. Turbo/Barbara Lombard, Simi Valley, Calif.
6. Taz/Jean Lavalley, Murfreesboro, Tenn.
7. Hamlet/Renee King, Richmond, Texas
8. Puff/Pam Richcreek Sparks, Nev.