The Show

I spent most of the winter, somewhat casually mind you, putting together the human elements to make an Agility television show. Okay, I’m just old enough that I want to call it a television show. In fact, realistically it’s going to be an internet-based recording. But, it’s going to be agility.

The idea is to put together something kind of schmaltzy and reality show-like. Frankly if it were another Animal Planet talking heads look at the sport, it would be drop dead boring. What I’ve wanted to capture is the human part of the game at its gritty best and worst. We want to be entertained!

Anyhow, I’m thinking that I have most of the elements in place. Vendors are easy to find. I don’t want vendors. I want partners. It’s really hard putting together a core group of risk-takers. I’m beginning to think that we aren’t exactly a generation of risk-takers.


Initially we will schedule a six-week run in a top ten player format. The Show will feature a single course or agility game. The five top players will go on to the next week; and the bottom five might drop off and be replaced by others waiting (and competing) in the wings. The objective is to stay on The Show by holding together in the competition.

We’ll interview each of the players before and after the competition.


The course or game that we play will be published a week before the airing of The Show. Anyone and everyone will be invited to play along and submit their results. We have a real opportunity here to have a shared community experience among players from around the world. This invitational will have its own rules and will include qualifying and titling from the ongoing competition.


What we mostly want here is to have a bit of fun with our sport. If it’s not fun, why even bother? At the same time, serendipitously, we have a real opportunity to launch an amazingly inexpensive variation on the agility game… something just about anybody can afford. And that too, is worth the effort.


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6 Responses to “The Show”

  1. diannemaylam@hotmail.c Says:

    Brilliant idea. What will be needed to get started ? I suppose consistency in camera work and film type ? Worldwide audience and competitors and accurate course maps for judges ?

  2. salkeela Says:

    Sounds like a great idea. If “The Great British Sewing Bee” can turn sewing into a competitive show then Agility should be a cinch! Looking forward to hearing how this progresses. Sounds like fun.

  3. 2mindogtrainer Says:

    I’m in! I watch a lot of “reality” TV, and it will be great fun showing what fabulous people dog-agility folks can be.

  4. Sharon Westergreen Says:

    I’m in!

  5. Deborah Franks Says:

    Sounds like fun, still not completely sure how it works. Do the handlers and dogs go to the show (or taping) and the agility course it there?

    • budhouston Says:

      Hi Deb Franks, glad to see you’re still kicking! What we’re contemplating is a weekly course or game that will be published like 10 days in advance as an invitational, so that anybody in the world can compete against the dogs on the Team. For them, it will be a live competition. We have a bit of work to do to get organized and define all the details.

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