Minnesota Agility Club 2017 Year End Awards Information

 Nominations are now being accepted for the 2017 RVK sportsmanship award.

Information about the award, and past award recipients are listed below.

Ruth VanKeuren, founding member of Minnesota Agility Club, honored all of us with her coaching and friendship through many agility years. She especially gave of herself to Junior Handlers, writing the first JH book of exercises for USDAA and starting the JH program here in the Upper Midwest. Groups nationwide have modeled their JH program after Ruth's.


Additionally, Ruth coached all of us regardless of age at ringside. She was a wonderful example for all, having a kind word for each of us coming out of the ring, and continually encouraging us to do our best for ourselves and most importantly, for our dogs.

Ruth was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in May, 2000. She was given 6 weeks to live. The agility community gave back to Ruth the support she needed in fighting her battle, which lasted 3 more years until August, 2003.

MAC honors Ruth and carries on her memories with this Sportsmanship award. 

Nominations are taken during the time people submit their yearly titles for the banquet. A traveling trophy is presented at the banquet, and a permanent trophy is given to the recipient.

A person may receive this award only once. Following is a list of awardees:

2003 Chris Mosley

2004 Jan Poole

2005 Kelly McFaul-Solem

2006 Elizabeth Penning

2007 Leona Hellesvig

2008 Diane Clyne

2009 Martha Healy

2010 Terry Smorch

2011 Bonnie Griep

2012 Judy Moore

2013 Stacy Medley

2014 Kristine Delago

2015 Carol Voelker

2016 Betty Johnson

2017 TBD

Submissions due by November 30th, 2017!

RVK Good Sportsmanship Award

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