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2013 TCKC Cynosport APDT Rally Trial Report

Cynosport Rally fans in Bloomington, Illinois braved predicted snow fall to have a great time at the event. Article and photos by Barbara Scanlan

With reports of up to 10" of snow in the forecast, hardy rally trialers headed to Bloomington, Illinois, for the 2013 Cynosport APDT Rally Trial. The trial was hosted by Town and Country Kennel Club on March 23-24.

Even with some participants canceling due to the weather, the trial nearly filled thanks to a flurry of day-of-show entries. The blizzard conditions seemed to foster an especially warm camaraderie among the trial group and was coaxed along by home baked goodies and hearty servings of tasty Italian food. Some really spectacular rally prizes raised the excitement level and brought in hundreds of additional dollars for the club.

Competitors show off their ribbons at the event.

A unique feature for this trial was the Town and Country Kennel Club Cynosport APDT Rally Trial facebook page created especially for the event. You can view it at: (copy and paste the link into your browser). The event facebook page helped build a sense of anticipation and community spirit even before the trial. After the trial, the group posted photos of qualifiers and celebrated new Champions. This was especially popular feature, and several of the champion announcements went "viral," scoring hundreds of hits. The trial team hopes to continue the facebook effort after the trial to continue the sense of community and to share team progress. They will also plan to post training tips and videos from around the world. The TCKC trial committee invites anyone interested in rally to "Like" our page and to learn about upcoming events and to share news about rally in their world!

Judge Pam Rice (right) congratulates Kim McMunn (left) on earning a new ARCHMX title on her dog, Fly.

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Barbara Scanlan is a writer and communications professional and agility dog trainer. She lives with her husband, Mike, and three dogs in Central Illinois. Her retired 10-year-old Papillon, Taylor, won his class in the 2011 AKC Preferred National Agility Championships (PNAC) and was second place finalist in 2010. She currently runs her mercurial 4-year-old Papillon, Samurai, who is working on his Masters Agility titles. Her 15-year-old Toy Fox Terrier rescue, Shaunie, was one of the first Toy Fox Terriers in competition and earned the first Toy Fox Terrier AKC Rally Novice (RN) and Rally Excellent (RE) titles. She serves as communications liaison for the Town and Country Cynosport APDT Rally Trial. She invites all rally fans to join the fun by "Liking" the trial's Facebook page at:


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