AND WHAT ABOUT AGILITY IN SLOVAKIA?
The first time the Slovak dog audience got to see agility in action was in 1992 at International Summer Dog Show in Bratislava and the presenters were Austrian competitors. In December 1992, 12 founding members met and established Slovak Agility Club and the first official competition took place the following year in 1993. The rumor has it the first obstacles which they had were homemade and Slovak competitors were competing during the first year without training a dogwalk, because they got the first dogwalk in 1994, nevertheless, they were successful in competitions abroad.
In those times when I started with agility, in the year 2000, there were only three agility clubs in Slovakia. One in Bratislava, our capital, the second one in Košice, which is Slovakia’s second-largest city and the third one in a small town in the middle of Slovakia, in the heart of Tatras, in my town - Liptovský Hrádok. Sounds like a destiny? Who knows.
Nowadays there are 34 agility clubs in Slovakia, a country with 5 million inhabitants and 200 active competitors. There are a lot of outdoor training places in Slovakia, but the only problem is a quite long winter during which are, especially those in the north of the country, covered by snow for at least three months per year. There is only one indoor where the competitions can be held in Slovakia, Rose Speedlight Dog Camp in Pezinok. A well-known agility winter series Lord of the winter takes place there. On average there are approximately 30 competitions organized in Slovakia, most of them around Bratislava.