By Brenna Fender
The third annual UKI US Open, the UK Agility International’s United States national championship (and the tryout event for the World Agility Open USA Team), took place the first weekend in November in Fletcher, North Carolina. The event, which was judged by Becky Dean and Lee Gibson, had many classes open to all dogs rather than only to those that had met a set of preliminary requirements. The Open, organized by Greg and Laura Derrett partnered with Mike and Jan Padgett of Rocketdogs, drew top competitors from many agility organizations as well as handlers with less experience who wanted to try out some new challenges in the sport. Competitors came from near and far to try out this relatively new venue.