Congratulations to Rio – First Silken to earn a UKC Agility title!
At the UKC Gateway Nationals in St. Louis, October 28-30, 2011, URO1 UAGI CT ALCH ‘PR’ Allagante Mystic Topaz DNA FCh IC CGC, “Rio” became the first Silken to hold a UKC Agility title.
Rio and Lydia began training for agility in July 2008. They trained casually, not expecting to ever compete, much less to make Silken history. Rio loves jumps and tunnels, and is currently working on mastering weaves. As Lydia puts it, “Rio can’t understand why, after going through the rest of the course as fast a possible, we have to slow down to wiggle around a bunch of sticks.” Since the beginning level of UKC doesn’t include the weave poles, Rio was able to take what he knew and conquer the course with 3 qualifying runs, earning his first-level UKC title, UAG1.
Rio had a steller weekend at Nationals (he also won his Altered Conformation Championship, a rally title, and a lure coursing title!), but as proud as Lydia is of Rio’s achievements, it is their tight bond and loving relationship that gives her the most pleasure:
I am most proud of the fact that Rio trusts me—even when he is uncertain about an obstacle, he will do it because he trusts me (despite the fact that he sometimes look miserable doing it). That is very humbling.
Rio’s favorite reward is string cheese, and he’s working hard for it as he learns to work further away from Lydia. With Rio’s sighthound speed, Lydia is teaching him distance handling so she can direct his path through the agility course without him slowing down to wait for her. Keep your eyes peeled for Rio blazing through an agility course near you!