On March 7-8, Agility Dogs at ASU competed in the first-ever Intercollegiate Dog Agility Nationals held in Buckeye, Arizona. It was not an easy road for the ASU Agility Dogs to get to.
President Rebecca Jernigan, a graduate biochemistry student, started Agility Dogs at ASU in the fall of 2017. For two years she worked closely with United States Dog Agility Association President Ken Tatsch to form a platform for intercollegiate competition.
On March 1, 2019, Agility Dogs at ASU became the first charter member part of the Intercollegiate Dog Agility Association.
Jernigan has reached out to other schools in the process, encouraging them to join as well. So far, Colorado State University, Loyola Marymount University, University of Arizona, Clemson University and Syracuse University have followed suit.
A little after their one year anniversary of joining the IDAA, Jernigan along with other club members including Meredith Moore, a computer science graduate student, and Kaitlin Sipes, a sophomore industrial design student, competed in the first-ever Intercollegiate Dog Agility Nationals.
Agility Dogs at ASU placed in all four events including Team PVP, Steeplechase, Grand Prix and Biathlon.
The competition was held with the Wild West Regionals hosted by the USDAA.