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Entries open tomorrow for the Dec AKC Agility Trial


Dec 4-6, 2020
at the Oriole Dog Training Club in Halethorpe, MD

This trial has been moved for this year for COVID-19 reasons to our training building.

Entries Open: Friday, Oct 2, 2020 (Method is First Received)
Entries Close: Friday, Nov 20, 2020

Friday’s trial is a “games only” evening event!
Friday evening: All levels – FAST + Time2Beat (limit 100 runs)

Saturday: All levels – STD, JWW & FAST + Time2Beat + Premier STD
Sunday: All levels – STD, JWW & FAST + Time2Beat + Premier JWW

Entries are limited to 100 runs on Friday evening
Entries are limited to 350 runs per day on Saturday & Sunday

Artful Dodgers Agility USDAA Trial is Still Open for Entries

Note that this trial has been moved offsite to outdoor rings at Branchwater Farm in Reisterstown, Maryland (near Hunt Valley, Maryland)

It being COVID times and the U.S. Mail not as functional as usual, we will be accepting entries through the weekend. Entries can be submitted via email and we do take electronic payments (PayPal and Venmo).

Links for the entry form, the test schedule, and instructions for electronic payment are below.

The Premium List for the October 2-3, 2020 USDAA Trial is Posted

This fall’s Artful Dodgers Oct 3-4 USDAA trial is happening.  It has been moved outside to a different location for safety.  Event details and the entry form are available on-line at

The time period for entering this trial is short and the U.S. Mail is not extremely reliable at the moment so email entries will be accepted.   (Hand delivered entries will also be taken at the Mid-Atlantic MADness trial).  Instructions for entering via email as well as other details about this trial are located here:

New Barn Hunt Trial and Intro Workshop in September

We’ve just added a new Barn Hunt trial on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 to be held at Branchwater Farm in Reisterstown, Maryland.  You can view the Premium and link to the online entry form generator on our Barn Hunt trial information page.

Maybe you’ve heard about Barn Hunt and would like to learn more and even try it out?  Oriole (and the Oriole Rats!) are supporting an Intro workshop given by BHA judge and Oriole club member Colin Ratcliffe to be held at Branchwater Farm on Saturday, Sept 5.  Check it out here!  After this workshop, you and your dog will be well prepared for the Rat Instinct Test at the new September trial 🙂

Barn Hunt Entries for this upcoming weekend

As we are all aware, the U.S. Mail is not currently being reliably delivered as usual. Although the trial is full one day and nearly full the next, our barn hunt trial secretary is concerned that not everyone’s entry made it to her in time. All entries received by today, 24 Aug, have been processed and confirmations have been sent out. If you believe you have entered this trial this weekend and have not yet received a confirmation , please email Charlene at and she will work with you on this.

If you haven’t entered, and are interested, you can also contact Charlene to inquire about the few remaining spots on the one trial day.

Sept AKC Virtual Rally Runs at Oriole DTC



AKC Virtual Novice Rally Runs
at Oriole DTC
(Time Scheduled)

DATE:            Sunday, Sept 27, 2020

TIME:             8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  (teams will be scheduled on the hour and half hour; 20 minutes will be allotted for the walk-thru and run; the additional 10 minutes will allow for sanitizing the building)

COST:             $10.00 per run (only one run per dog)

Registration Opens:          Friday, August 21
Registration Closes:          Sunday, September 20

Come to Oriole DTC and play rally in the air-conditioning!!  One of the five approved AKC Novice Virtual Rally courses will be available to those who wish to earn a Rally Novice leg while trials are still few and far between.  A Club member will be available to videotape your run on your own phone/video camera to submit to AKC.  If you feel more comfortable, you may bring a tripod to hold the device instead.  Exhibitors are responsible for submitting their entry form and fee to AKC, along with a link to their video (after uploading to YouTube).


For more information on AKC’s Virtual Rally Program, see link below:

If you have questions or need assistance setting up your own YouTube account, please contact Debbie Kaminski at or (410) 917-3775 (cell).