Bienvenidos to the agility world
In Guatemala, where many dogs live on the street and a dog house can cost more than a home for an entire family, dog agility is a minority activity. Its history is short, mainly because the sport only arrived in the country in 2001, converging upon Central America from both North America and South America. Guatemala was the first Central American country to organise, followed by Costa Rica, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Panama in 2004. Juan Leon-Wyss writes about agility in his adopted country.
Copa FCI de las Americas y El Caribe
The organisers expect to welcome teams not only from the American continent but from the whole world in a unique event that will certainly be a major contribution to the competitive side of the sport on our countries.
The first day, an international competition will be held open not only to national teams members, and also for pedigree and mixed breed dogs. The second day the Americas competition will take place.
The Judges for the tournament have already been confirmed. Dr. Roberto Magallanes is one of the pioneers of Agility in Mexico and Guatemala, while Nadia Calabria from Switzerland, is the daughter of another of the pioneers of the sport who organised the first World Agility Championship in Switzerland in 1997. At the same time, the first Obedience Americas and the Caribbean Championship will take place together along with an international conformation show and a specialised German Shepherd competition.
Guatemala welcomes all agility lovers with open arms to all the agility lovers. Join us in this exotic and beautiful environment and enjoy all the adrenaline of the sport. for more information about La Copa visit www.agilidadyobediencia.com
He shares his life with his wife Maria Jose, of Guatemalan-Chinese origin and now Matias, their first son (3 months old) - a true globalisation' baby and hopefully a potential junior handler. They own five dogs including one Border Collie, two Parsons Russell Terrier, one Jack Russell Terrier and one Great Dane.
Juan started training agility three years ago with Loti, one of the first dogs to accomplish a Level 2 in agility in Central America. They were invited to compete at the last World Cynosports Games in Scottsdale, Arizona 2004.