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Off Course Agility

Off Course Agility

By Ed Peters
A podcast about dog agility focused on the NADAC venue. Your host Ed Peters started handling in NADAC with his beagle Dino in 2005. Now he is starting to compete at the Novice level with his new beagle, Tres. His sister also competes in NADAC with her beagle Belle who is now at the Elite level in most classes except for the pesky Chances class. Guests discuss how they started in agility, the venues they run and share their story.

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President of Dino's Fan Club, Margaret MacEwen

Off Course Agility

President of Dino's Fan Club, Margaret MacEwen

Off Course Agility

Lorrie Reynolds from Colorado
Lorrie Reynolds from Colorado has been doing agility since 2002. She has run in NADAC, DOCNA and USDAA. She started with her dog Maxx and has gone to both NADAC and DOCNA Championships over the years with her dogs. She is a certified trick dog instructor, canine conditioning  and fitness coach and stunt dog judge through Do More With Your Dog. She has a website where you can find out more. Lorrie's video of Novice Tricks Intermediate Tricks As always if you have any comments or feedback for Off Course Agility you can email us at
January 20, 2021
2020 in review
Ed Peters reviews the first year of the Off Course Agility podcast and then talks about changes for 2021. You can always share your comments, suggestions or volunteer to be a guest by sending an email to
December 30, 2020
Lisa Schmit and In The Zone Agility
Lisa Schmit from In The Zone Agility is the guest on this episode. Lisa discusses how she started, her dogs, her training seminars and online courses. Lisa talks about her RVing for agility and how she likes to stop at some historic places when she is traveling. Lisa has attended many of the NADAC Championships in the West and ones more toward the East too. You can check out her vast accomplishments, upcoming trials and online training courses at Comments about this episode or any feedback or suggestions may be sent to
December 16, 2020
Terry Todesco from Maryland
Terry Todesco from Maryland is the guest on this episode. She is currently a CPE and AKC handler for her current Papillon, Huxx.  Huxx has earned his CATCH and CATE in CPE. Her first agility dog was Picasso, a mixed breed, and her second dog was ClaireBeth. They both ran NADAC, USDAA and CPE. Terry talks about some of the differences between CPE and NADAC.  Comments about the podcast are always welcome at
December 2, 2020
Craig Coonrad from Arizona
Craig Coonrad from Arizona is my guest. He tells how he got started in agility. He runs Border Collies. Craig is a NADAC judge and talks about becoming a judge and his judging at NADAC Championships for a number of years in Wyoming, Utah, and Ohio. He has been busy judging locally in Arizona and driving up to 6 hours to judge other trials during the pandemic. Craig is also an agility instructor. Comments and feedback on our podcast are always welcome at
November 18, 2020
Karla Vialle from Kansas
Karla  Vialle from Kansas is my guest, she is a NADAC competitor who runs female yellow labs. She originally started with Sadie Louise, and currently she has Josephine and her sister Savannah. Karla is also a SP NADAC judge and hopes to lose the SP next year. She also enjoys sailing with her husband and her dogs. Also she was previously a professional ballroom dancer. Comments are always welcome at
November 4, 2020
Sam Lietz from Washington
Sam Lietz is my guest, I first met her at In The Zone trials in South Jersey and then she moved out to Washington in 2015. She discusses how she discovered agility. We talk about her rat terriers, Schatzi, Squeek, Dance and her border collie Bling. Sam has been the primary announcer at NADAC Championships over the last few years and we have a discussion about that and her attending of many Championships. She is currently holding agility and barn hunt activities at her SchaSam Farm in Washington. Any comments and feedback about the podcast may be sent to
October 21, 2020
NADAC Video Taped Run Course Maps
Ed Peters discusses the Video Taped run course maps, for Oct 1 to Nov 1st of 2020 found on the NADAC website at following link. Ed is joined by LeeAnn Peters to discuss the Elite regular courses and which one she might enjoy running with Belle. If you listen to this podcast after November 1st 2020 you can find a video of some of the courses discussed at the following link. As always comments and feedback may be sent to
October 7, 2020
Beth Gideon from Washington
Beth Gideon from Washington is an agility enthusiast who mostly runs NADAC. She runs with her Border Collies, Youke, Brady, Camm and Rhys. She originally started agility with a mutt named Jasmine. She has been involved as board member, trial chair and trial secretary for the Rainer Agility Team. She also operates her own dog-walking and pet sitting business. Comments and feed back may be sent to
September 23, 2020
Michael Vorkapich from Washington
Michael Vorkapich is an agility handler from Washington who runs with Collies. He and his dogs have been involved with many dog activities including Agility, Treibball, Carting, Obedience, Barn Hunt, Rally, Rally Freestyle, and Trick Dog. We discuss some of these plus his activities with Rainier Agility team, Sno-King Agility Club, and Hoofs N Paws 4-H club. His dog D'Argo has agility titles in CPE, NADAC, AKC, UKC, UKI, ASCA, AAC, USDAA. I also ask a bit about his time in the US Navy as a Radioman on a nuclear Submarine.  Feedback and comments are welcomed at our email of
September 9, 2020
Pat Daggett - NADAC judge
On this episode Pat Daggett tells how he discovered agility, talks about his dogs that have run in NADAC. How and when he became a NADAC judge and we have a good discussion on how he goes about course design. We finish up with a bit about his attendance at NADAC championships over the years.
August 26, 2020
Audri Tarr, handler of the beagle Cee Cee
My guest is Audri Tarr a fellow beagle owner. We talk about her agility dogs including Cee Cee, a beagle that ran at NADAC Championships in Sunbury Ohio. She tells how she started in agility, her dogs, Lily, Cee Cee, Toto, and Calypso. She discusses how some of these were foster failures and her attending the NADAC championships in the east dating back to 2011.
August 12, 2020
On deck with Ed Peters
Your host Ed Peters catches you up on where he is on some Agility topics, including agility school / training, an A frame agility project, virtual runs and a Thank you to the listeners.  Remember feedback, comments or volunteering to be a guest can all be done via an email to
July 29, 2020
Carole Daggett - NADAC judge
Carole Daggett is a NADAC judge, my former instructor, and a fellow attendee of trials and seminars. Carole is the first NADAC judge to be a guest on my podcast, we discuss how she first became involved with agility, her agility dogs over the years, and how she became a judge. Carole has been a NADAC judge for over 20 years and she has judged both Dino and Tres. Carole brings up how the first time we met was when I was in her beginner agility class with Dino and her husband Pat and his dog Druid.
July 15, 2020
A visit with the North Jersey Agility Yappy hour
A group of North Jersey NADAC agility people have been meeting weekly with Zoom  on this episode I take my podcast to this group for a bit of fun with a round table of agility questions.  Special thanks to Melissa, Maureen, Danielle, Roger, Pam, Dennis, Margaret, Cindy and Len for participating.
July 1, 2020
Heidi Konesko from New Hampshire
My guest is Heidi Konesko from New Hampshire and she discusses how she started in agility. Talks about the dogs that have been her agility teammates. Heidi discusses her vacation to Champs in 2011 and the 2017 Championships where she ran with her Australian Shepherds, Penny and Hi Jack. We talk a bit about agility camping and virtual trials / runs.  Late breaking after this podcast was recorded. Heidi now has a new good looking Australian Shepherd, Maybelle.
June 17, 2020
Linda Lavolette from Michigan
My guest is Linda Lavolette from Upper Michigan. Linda is my first guest who is a judge, a UKC agility judge. She discusses how she started in agility, her dogs, a bit about UKC agility, why she became a judge and what the Bay De Noc Kennel Club is doing now that COVID-19 is affecting trials. Please send us comments to or you can message us on Twitter at @OffcourseBeagle
June 3, 2020
Maureen deHaan from New York, who runs Play~Bow trials.
My guest is Maureen deHaan who puts on Play~Bow trials in April and October in New Paltz, NY. She discusses how she started in agility and how she began holding trials and some of the things needed to run a NADAC trial. (Note in second half of our talk sometimes there is a lag on my questions and responses with a slight delay after her answers. My volume level is lower than hers. I will look into this for future podcasts.)  Remember you can reach out to us at with ideas, comments and if you would like to be a guest on a future podcast.
May 20, 2020
Amata Hinkle from Alabama
Guest Amata Hinkle from Alabama discusses how she started in agility, her involvement in Search and Rescue and caving. Her SAR activities and training occur on weekends and this is why all her dog Edraith's NADAC Qs have been obtained via the NADAC Video Run program. A few final comments at the end about NADAC topics: Champs and NADAC training week.
May 6, 2020
Nancy Hoffman from New Hampshire
Guest Nancy Hoffman from New Hampshire discusses how she started in agility with her Jack Russel Terrier Stewie and now continues with Skipper, another JRT. She also talks about going to NADAC Championships in Springfield, Illinois with Stewie and more recently to Springfield Ohio in 2019 with Skipper.
April 21, 2020
President of Dino's Fan Club, Margaret MacEwen
On this podcast Margaret MacEwen is my guest. She discusses how she got started in agility, how she was President of Dino's fan club, how she became an agility instructor, dog trainer and how she is trying to operate her Super Fine K9 dog training business in this time of COVID-19. She also offers some advice and her concerns about how when we get over the COVID-19 traumatic event that then the traumatic event may begin for our dogs.
April 7, 2020
COVID-19 Agility Blues
Ed Peters is joined by his sister, LeeAnn, and they discuss the Coronavirus, COVID-19, affecting agility trials, agility schools, their lives and NADAC. A request for guests for future podcasts is put out to our listeners. Please email us at if you would like to be a guest and tells us how you first started in Agility. 
March 25, 2020
Agility School
Ed Peters discusses where he is with training his 2 year old beagle, Tres. The electronic mailbag, a correction and a commentary. The podcast finishes up with the upcoming NADAC agility calendar for the first 2 weekends in April 2020.
March 11, 2020
NADAC Top 10
A quick discussion of agility statistics and reading of the NADAC Top 10 dog/handlers for each class of 2019.  The podcast finishes up with the upcoming NADAC agility calendar for the last 2 weekends in March 2020.
February 27, 2020
Why do we trial?
On this episode, Ed Peters discusses trial decisions, premiums and why we go to trials. Since Ed runs beagles in NADAC he announces the 2019 Top Ten for the beagle breed. We take a look at the NADAC trial calendar for the March 13 14 15, 2020 weekend. A quick comment and mailbag segment.
February 12, 2020
The Search for Tres
Ed Peters talks about how he found and adopted Tres, his current beagle. Our first mailbag segment and how you can be a part of our podcast. We look at the NADAC trial calendar for the leap day weekend February 28 29 March 1, 2020.
January 29, 2020
January 27, 2020
January 27, 2020
Sister Act
Ed Peters talks with his sister LeeAnn Peters about her beagle Belle and how she started in agility. A few minutes on Gamblers and a change in rules for 2020.  We look at the NADAC trial calendar for the weekend February 14 15 16, 2020.
January 15, 2020
Hey, I discovered agility!
Ed Peters talks about his first beagle, Dino, and how they got started in NADAC agility. Some of the changes for NADAC in 2020 are discussed. We look at the NADAC trial calendar for the weekend January 24 25 26, 2020.
January 1, 2020