The finals pitted Stacey and Roo, the 24″ champion in 2013, against Maria Badamo and Gromit, last year’s 24″ champion. Both dogs impressed, with Roo’s 36.981 besting Gromit’s 37.514. En route to the third seed in the finals, Roo posted 3 clean runs, capturing fourth place in the hybrid round.
When asked about her decision to serpentine at the #3 jump in the finals, Stacey observed, “Roo certainly was not the fastest dog in the class and I had to be aggressive with my handling to win. I thought if I did a double front that I would get wider turns. I needed tighter turns to win.”
While Roo is now 9 years old, Stacey has yet to add her next agility dog to the family. This past October, her daughter Rory was born, and so Stacey trials less and focuses more on qualifying for big events, where Roo has been magnificent over the years. In 2012, they won the AKC Invitational and in 2014 captured the 24” class at the First Annual Master Agility Championship at Westminster, taking home the Best All-American Trophy at the event. They followed that up with a second place the following year at Westminster. In 2013, they finished third at the highly competitive International Team Tryouts, earning them a spot on the large dog European Open team.
Stacey teaches pet dog agility at the San Francisco SPCA, and can be found at www.gofetchdogtraining.com.