Sunday, February 24, 2013


Well, there are some big changes this year to the agility scene in our area. The biggest change is the closure of Red Gate as a venue that you can rent for personal practice time or a location to host seminars.

Red Gate also hosted some of the best fun matches and had a wonderful birthday party open house every year.  Although the fun matches were held over the winter months and it wasn't always the warmest place to be even with the propane heaters, the camaraderie always kept you warm. The Saturday fun matches ended with dinner at a local restaurant for those who wanted to attend which was a great chance to get to know people outside of an agility setting.

Red Gate will still be there but the owners have decided to expand their livestock business and need the room that the arena provides for an expanded flock of sheep.   They also have alpaca, geese, peacocks and chickens.

So today at what was our last practice at Red Gate, we let the Sheltie boys have a little play time before we did our agility practice; who knows when they'll all get to run like this again.  Probably not until the summer when we are down east again.

We have been lucky to have Red Gate as place to go and practice and we're still lucky in this area to have other venues available to us. Change is a part of life and we'll continue to play in the agility ring but just not at Red Gate any more. Next week, we'll see if the practice helped at all as Beckett has his first trial of 2013. 


  1. What a bummer :( I always wonder what the heck I'll do if the people who run our training place ever decide to retire and move south.

    Sheltie palooza looks like a blast. Chewy would've loved to be there.

  2. Definitely a huge loss to our local agility community :-((((

    Glad you and the boys had a fun last time there.

  3. Awww that's a shame. At leat you have other places to train. Their all having a fab time!

  4. Sheltie Palooza looked pawsome -- too bad the place has to close.


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