Welcome to the latest update of the
Kathy Miller and Ruckus Challenge website
With the 9th Edition successfully in the books, the 10th anniversary Edition is already knocking at the door... Again KMARCh has managed to start up the sport in two countries and again more people got to enjoy the games and the special athmosphere this series stands for. We would like to thank each and every of the 223 teams that participated in the 2017 9th Edition. A special thanks goes to all the new teams and teams that have made the step to get out of their comfort zone and try something they had never tried before. It's mainly for you the series has been set up. But let's not forget that Frodo and André Bauer will be forever a part of the KMARCh family as they ended up on the trophy... congatulations to both of them for their great performances and love.
An anniversary Edition, like the 2018 series, will not go unnoticed and some special surprises will be your share. It's an advantage that most teams who compete in KMARCh are very flexible. But do keep in mind, we would never let your best friends do anything we don't consider safe or not manageable for most of the teams.
The first step in the composition of an anniversary series is always the games... what will be the games for this new year? Let me already open that curtain and tell you we have chosen for Bottleneck OldSchool (60"), Caged (60"), Freestyle (90") and HotDog (120"). All games designed by and for the KMARCh. Since the series is limited to 4 games this year, there will be more opportunity to personalize the smaller events with an extra game. For the larger events, 4 events on a day is already a challenge.
Also in the 9th Edition, a new game was introduced with Spider, which we will update and convert to "The Ring of Fire" after finding out that the spider was a bit too small to accomodate the obstacles envolved. It's a different setup from The Course but with a similar concept. The rules will appear on the "host" page.
We also welcomed two new dogs in our "Paw-Stars" Bark of Fame with Storm (Leontine Sangster) and Ivey (Christine Matthies) and we thank them for all the years of good memories and wonderful catches.
Continuing to create an event for people that are new in the sports, or seasoned handlers looking for a less competitive surroundings, KMARCh will remain the place where they can meet up in a relaxed environment. The big picture lies behind the slogan for the competition, Fun, Friendship and Flying Discs.
We are already looking forward to seeing a lot of you again and welcome a lot of new teams! So show some adventure and get yourself and your buddy on the road!
We want to thank our hosts for all the time and effort you (and your crew) are about to invest in this event. We both are seasoned competition hosts and we both are very aware of the amount of preparation that goes into running any event. Feel free to browse around and visit our hosts as well. Without these people, the growth of the concept wouldn’t have been possible and we are very grateful for their effort and dedication!
We wish you a lot of fun in this new Challenge and see you soon!!! Enjoy the winter!!! (in any way possible)
Mike and Sven (Founders KMARCh, Established in 2008)
Who was Kathy Miller?
Well, actually it’s not that hard to figure out she was Mike Miller’s partner. Together, they have been involved in dogfrisbee from the year 1979 and since she has gone to a better place, Mike continues her lifelong dream of promoting the sport.
For decades they have been organizing competitions in all formats, judging, assisting upcoming players, helping foreign players on the Worlds …
On top of that, she has played on a high level with their dogs Black Night, Pro, Pristine, Ruckus and his sons RT and Big Boy. All of which are Belgian Shepperds, Malinois, Tervuren as well as a cross between them. Although they might have never been World Champions, we can state they are one of the cornerstones of this marvelous sport. That’s why they really deserve to have the Challenge named after them.
The KMARCh story all started in 2008 when we (Sven and Katrien) had the honor and pleasure to meet them and be hosted by them at the Skyhoundz Worlds. We really enjoyed their Pairs routine on the qualifier and were stunned by their performance. After the competition, we sat outside of their trailer to have a last chat before coming home again. That’s when the KMARCh was born.
Back in 2008 we held the first edition . An event over 3 days on the same location. We had a lot of fun and a lot of new faces attended. Kathy and Mike followed from accross the ocean.
The next edition was already a full grown fun event over 4 days in 4 different countries. Together with the support of the hosting clubs the entire Trophy was a big success. We were very proud to get Mike Miller to judge the 2 final days of the Trophy.
Also after Kathy had to give up the fight against her disease, Mike continued the tradition of taking care of all foreigners competing in the Worlds. Whether your country of origin, no matter the nationality, everyone can count on him for a tent and a filled cooler.
Therefore, the Kathy Miller and Ruckus Challenge, is our show of respect for this fantastic couple and their faithful companions.
In 2015, at the Belgian Leg of the 7th Edition, the last piece of the puzzle was completed. Mike made sure that Kathy would always be able to join the teams that compete in the Belgian Leg. And as intense and hard as it was, the memory of this moment is edged in my mind and will always have a prominent place on Memory Lane.
Another similar moment was there in 2017, when Ruckus joined Kathy at the same park in another emotional ceremony.
In conclusion we would like to commemorate Kahty with the email she sent for the First Edition of what became this tradition.
“From Kathy Miller and Ruckus:
I just wanted to say a Heart Felt Thank You to all of you attending.
I'm most honored that you are all here to take part over these three weekend contests, and very much hope You and Your Pup's
have lots of fun, and camaraderie. I'll be following it closely. Good luck to you all.......
Kathy, Ruckus and Mike”
In loving memory of Kathy Anita Smith Miller, May 12th 1947 – Jan 3rd 2009