Host Club Information

When was your club founded and by whom?

Riverside Canine Center was founded in 1998 by Joan Lawson.  Riverside has a 8,000 square foot indoor training center in Nashua, NH, offering private lessons and group classes in agility and obedience, as well as agility seminars from top national and international competitors and instructors.  Joan competes in agility with Border Collies, Shetland Sheepdogs and Papillons, and has experience in conformation, competition obedience and sheep herding.

Where do you primarily hold events?

USDAA agility events are held at the Wide World of Indoor Sports at two locations, in North Smithfield and North Kingstown Rhode Island.  The facilities are indoor soccer fields with Sprinturf and air conditioning.  Riverside started holding USDAA trials in 2006 outdoors at a 4-H fairground with equipment rented from another club.  Riverside now owns 2 rings of equipment and a trailer and holds only indoor events.

Other than agility does your club participate in any other dog sports?

The Riverside Canine staff also compete in obedience but agility is the primary focus.

How many members, approximately, does your club have?

The USDAA trials are put on by a small group:  Joan, our amazing and talented trial secretary Val Duff also from New Hampshire, and John and Lisa Marcus from neighboring Vermont.  The key to successful trials is a very fun and competent crew of dedicated workers including scorers, course builders, volunteer coordinators, the trailer mover, and a vendor coordinator for the larger events.

Why does your club choose to do USDAA agility?

USDAA provides a good mix of fun and challenge.  The courses are challenging, the games are fun, and we try to get judges with good attitudes and senses of humor.  We have had a flash mob during one of our events, people dressing up for various reasons, and we welcome new competitors enthusiastically.  Lots of hugs and laughter and some really good agility in between.

What are you looking forward to with the USDAA Title Mania event this year?

Riverside Canine has hosted several Regional Championships and a Four Star Event.  We have a reputation for great judges and running an event efficiently without making it seemed rushed.  We are looking forward to having Peggy Hammond and Nita Diaz returning to judge for us and Beth Diehl for her first Riverside appearance.  We are excited about lots of cheering, awards, and being part of the 2018 IFCS team selection process.

Is there anything you’d like people to know about your club?

If you haven’t tried USDAA agility, Title Mania is a great place to start, especially if you are already competing in another organization.  We would also like to thank Max 200 for sponsoring our third ring of equipment for Title Mania.  We have created a Facebook event, to keep up with announcements join us at