Treibball Gains Momentum Rolling Across the United States
Herding dogs have a new opportunity in this active agility sport.
Samuel Meyers |
Posted: October 13, 2014, 3 p.m. PST
A new dog sport is steadily making its way across the country, gaining popularity as a low-impact fun alternative to traditional agility training. Treibball, which originated in Germany, tasks dogs with driving a group of large exercise balls into a soccer goal. Conceived in 2003, the first formal competition was held in 2008, and is thought to be a good substitute for herding dogs who do not have access to sheep. Learn more about the sport in this video, posted on YouTube by the Associated Press.
The American Treibball Association, which has its headquarters in Colorado, is a non-profit membership organization that was formed to establish the sport in the United States. The organization encourages individuals, trainers and clubs to join the ATA, form classes and start sanctioned competitions throughout the United States. On their official website, the ATA supplies members with a series of ATA handbooks and a guide that can help members find trainers near them.
This year, there have been ATA sanctioned competitions in North Carolina and Colorado. Videos from these competitions are able to be seen on the ATA’s official Facebook page. Currently there are no more ATA sanctioned competitions scheduled in the United States this year, but they are excited for the schedule for 2015.
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