The Team is looking for sponsors and donations. Sponsors can be anybody with something to contribute, if they can give us goods that help us, that's great, if they can donate some money in exchange for advertising, that's great too! If you know of anything, feel free to comment and I can pass the lead on to our manager.
So far Clean Run has signed on to help, both as a sponsor and by selling the US-themed Comfortflex harnesses (buy some!). Our manager is looking into other leads as well. I am optimistic that we will drum up more funds than USDAA did for the IFCS Team this past year, at least. (we basically paid for all our own travel expenses, and shipping a dog to the UK is *not* cheap).
If you are interested in donating to the Team, please let me know and I can send you our manager's info, or please contact her yourself! The WAO is a unique competition - it's the first international, open competition that is created and sponsored by competitors, there are no kennel clubs or higher purposes involved, and I think it's going to be a really fun event! No ulterior motives, just great competition! And since Teams are smaller and more limited than the EO, it's a bit more exclusive and top-tier, more cream-of-the-crop and less really big classes (I'm sure the EO winners are very talented, but there are a LOT of dogs at that trial, and I know people make finals with faults sometimes).
The WAO only allows one Team per country, with one dog of each jump height, so it will be interesting and high-pressure to watch the Team dog runs. Agilityvision will be there livestreaming as well.