Posted Date: April 1, 2008
Read about the Japanese Team selection process
The first weekend of March was the selection event for the Japanese IFCS
World Agility Championships Team.
Handlers earned the right to compete at the event based on their rankings
The selection event for 2008 had 45 teams overall competing for three spots
in each jump height
and selection would be based on their performance in four
classes: Standard, Jumpers, Snooker, and Gamblers.
The Japanese sponsoring organization, OPDES (Organization to Promote Dog
Education and Socialization),
has numerous dog sports under its umbrella, including search and rescue,
obedience, team test (similar to a Canine Good Citizen test), schutzhund,
Incidentally, dogs must pass the team test in order to participate in OPDES
agility events and similar to USDAA, all dogs are able to participate regardless
There are currently 20 OPDES sponsored agility trials a year and they host
the Japanese National Championships, like our Regional Championships in
Pudding, a Labrador Retriever owned by Saori Saneyoshi, jumps.
OPDES has their own judges for their events, but for the IFCS event, they
enlisted the help of competitor,
Shinya "Tommy" Tominaga, to judge and design the courses for
Tommy has made himself an expert at Snooker and Gamblers, learning
the rules and strategies.
Snooker and Gamblers aren't part of regular agility trials in Japan,
so there are few judges who are familiar enough with the rules to design
or judge these classes.
Tommy has participated at the Cynosport Games for several years with his
Cardigan Welsh Corgi, Jonathon,
and has taken up a crusade to help his fellow agility teammates to become
more proficient in Snooker and Gamblers.
At the 2007 Cynosport Games, the Japanese Team had their
best showing ever in Snooker.
For the IFCS event, Tommy remarked that he designed a "simple and
because most of the competitors still do not understand the rules of the
and he wanted the competitors to have a good experience in running the
Although, Tommy designed the Standard and Jumpers classes, those
were judged by Mr. Maeshima.
There were large crowds on hand to watch the event and all agreed that
it was a total success.
All of the competitors enjoyed this competition and Tommy was pleased
that there was a lot of interest
in learning more about Snooker and Gamblers rules.
Jaguar, a Miniature Poodle, with Takayuki Suzuki
The members of the Japanese team are really looking forward to the 2008
IFCS World Agility Championships in May.
The Japanese IFCS Team for 2008:
Lucia, Pembroke Welsh Corgi - Susumu Konishi
Rana, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel - Kaori Kanemasa
R, Pembroke Welsh Corgi - Mariko Morinaga
Jaguar, Miniature Poodle - Takayuki Suzuki
Puma, Miniature Poodle - Ayami Suzuki
Kool, Miniature Poodle - Nobuko Akiike
Rena, Border Collie - Miyoko Kurita
Nanase, BorderCollie - Rie Miyoshi
Anzu, Border Collie - Yoshiko Tanaka
Pudding, Labrador Retriever - Saori Saneyoshi
Aruna, Malinois - Tetsu Watanabe
Raphie, Labrador Retriever, Asako Morimi
Photo credits: Tania Chadwick and Shinya Tominaga
Tania Chadwick has been competing in USDAA for over 10 years and competes
with her ADCH-Gold, LAA-Silver Border Collie, Kidd.