Welcome to the official DACOF Web Site!
Happy New Year to our DACOF Community!
Yes! The DACOF Board is already busy planning for DACOF 2023!!!
Our 2023 DACOF competition will be held Saturday and Sunday, June 24 & 25, 2023 at the Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee, Florida with Run Thru’s on Friday, June 23.
Lauren Duckworth Bigbee, Darryl Warren and Lori Holdren will be our Judges in 2023.
As always, with each new year there are new “Important DACOF Dates.”
The “Important Deadlines” for DACOF 2023 are as follows:
1/23/2023 will be the Preferred Jump Height Cut-off Date,
2/24/2023 will be the Roster Deadline,
3/27/2023 will be the Title Cut-off Date,
4/14/2023 will be the SUPER Early Bird Discount ($20/Dog) Deadline*
4/28/2023 will be the REGULAR Early Bird Discount ($10/Dog) Deadline, and
5/26/2022 is the DACOF Entry Deadline.
*We will be adding a “Super Early Bird” discount category of $20/Dog for COMPLETE entries received by 4/14/2023! However, if elective changes are made at the request of the Team/Handler after the discount period(s) - other than to correct possible Trial Secretary entry errors - then the regular entry fee will apply.
Of course, all these dates can be found on our web page, DACOF.com at the “Important Deadlines” tab. For those who access the dacof.com web page from a mobile device, the gray square at the upper-right of the web page is a link for the “Tabs” on the DACOF page.
For DACOF 2023, based upon input from our Members and the 2022 DACOF Survey responses, we will:
We will continue with the DACOF T-Shirts! More than 66% of the 2022 DACOF Survey Responses requested we continue with the DACOF T-Shirts!
Mike Padget will be returning to groom the arena surface!
Continue to allow FOUR (4) Excellent/Masters Dogs on each Team! Please remember, only the highest two (2) scores from each level (Novice, Open, Excellent/Master) will count towards the Team’s score.
Continue to have trophies as the DACOF awards.
Continue to score Preferred dogs with the dogs from their standard (Regular) jump height. AND we will continue to award “High in Trial” trophies to both Preferred and Standard Dogs so that both a Preferred and a Regular dog, at each jump height, will be presented a “High in Trial” award.
Continue providing the option of having 16” dogs run during either the Small or Large dog sessions. Team Captains will select either 16” Small (to run during the session with the 4” / 8” / 12” dogs) or 16” Large (to run during the session with the 20” and 24” dogs) on the Team Entry Form. This will allow each session to be more evenly matched in number of dogs running per session, and will provide Team Captains the flexibility of having handlers of 16” dogs available to work during either the Large or small dog session.
Continue to synchronize the rings so that each round starts at the same time for all the dogs – allowing Teams to get their workers to the rings with less stress.
Eliminate the Pause Table from the Standard Run Judges from our DACOF Competitions in 2022 & 2019 recommended we remove the table from the Standard Run on Sunday. We have also received many suggestions from Members in the DACOF Survey requesting the removal of the Table. So, there will be NO TABLE at DACOF 2023!
“CATCH” (Crate Area Decorating Challenge) will be judged Saturday All the Judges from both DACOF Competitions in 2022 & 2019 recommended we move the judging time for the “CATCH” (Crate Area Decorating Challenge) to Saturday afternoon/evening during our annual meeting instead of Sunday morning while we are walking the courses. The Judges felt like they did not have sufficient time to appreciate
Lastly, inflation is also affecting DACOF.
It seems everything has increased in price. The Arena, Trophies, Agility Equipment Rental, etc., etc., etc. Therefore, we will reluctantly be forced to increase both the Membership Fee and Dog Entry Fee.
The new DACOF Membership Fee (Each Handler) will be $25
(However, the DACOF T-Shirt will be included in the Membership Fee!)
The new DACOF Entry Fee (Each Dog) will be $110
(However, we will be adding a “Super Early Bird” discount category of $20/Dog for COMPLETE entries received by 4/14/2023! But please note: if elective changes are made at the request of the Team/Handler after the discount period(s) - other than to correct possible Trial Secretary entry errors - then the regular entry fee will apply.)
Team “Rise Up!” from Sheyla Dogs, the winning Team from DACOF 2022, has chosen the DOG WALK as the “Obstacle” of choice for modeling of the 2023 DACOF Pin and T-Shirt!
As previously mentioned, the first “Important Deadline” of the 2023 DACOF year is the Preferred Jump Height Cut-off Date, January 23, 2023. So, all Handler/Dog Teams planning on running Preferred at DACOF 2023 must compete ONLY at their Preferred Jump Height after 1/23/2023. For complete DACOF Preferred Eligibility Rules, please see our web page, DACOF.com / Send a Team tab / Preferred Eligibility drop down.
Once again, Happy New Year to all our Members!
We are looking forward to an exceptional 2023 DACOF Year!
Bill, Kathy, Jen, Deb & Erica