About the Club


Our goal is to promote the training of dogs; disseminate knowledge regarding obedience training and training in other performance events such as agility and tracking; conduct classes for the training of dogs and their handlers; encourage the training of judges; hold and support obedience trials, agility trials, and tracking tests under the rules and regulations of the American Kennel Club; and to promote cooperation and good sportsmanship among members in the training and exhibiting of dogs.


Rio Grande Obedience Dog Club (RGODC) was founded by Mrs. W.H. Bowen in 1949. Our 1st trial was held 11/11/51 at the El Paso County Coliseum. The Bowen founder's trophy, awarded to the highest scoring local dog in the regular classes at club obedience trials, was named for Mrs. W.H. Bowen. RGODC has been involved in community service; their CDX dogs used to collect money for the March of Dimes at the El Paso International Airport. In 1956 the club donated the cost of a Guide Dog to the Guide Dog for the Blind, Inc. In 1962 the clubhouse was purchased at its present location, 175 Barker Rd.

Rio Grande has held obedience trials continuously (except for 1962), and also is licensed for tracking tests and agility trials and more recently, rally trials. Today RGODC is an AKC member club and we hold 2 obedience & rally trials and at least 2 agility trials every year.

Obedience and Rally Trials; Agility Trials

Agility Trials are scheduled for April 30, May 1, and May 2, 2021, in La Mesa, New Mexico.  Check our Home Page for a link to the Premium.

Obedience/Rally Trials originally scheduled for spring 2021 have been cancelled due to conditions under the current pandemic.  We hope to reschedule Trials for the fall.

Current Officers

Deb Pinkham, President & Training Director
Ana Jimenez, Vice President & Past President
Phyllis Smith, Secretary
John Dick, Treasurer 
Sharon Jolly,  AKC Delegate

Board of Directors

Eliza Celestri

Lindsey Creekmore

Carol Greenwood

Barbara Sullivan

Pati Travis

John Vasquez

Rio Grande Obedience Dog Club (RGODC) is an AKC member club. We offer a variety of classes to dog owners, at all levels, to provide Dog Training in El Paso. RGODC members participate in a variety of competitions and volunteer activities with their dogs. All dogs, including both purebreds and mixed breeds, are welcome for training; moreover, the American Kennel Club encourages mixed breed dogs to compete in Companion Dog events (such as Obedience, Rally, and Agility Trials) through its Canine Partners program.