Sunday, 26 April 2009

The good the bad and the ugly

Or my day at WBSDS.

So the good....

Jag did a lovely clear in 6/7 agility. There were a few tricky bits in the course but he worked so well. All his contacts were solid and he hung on every word and turn. Very happy with that. Twix was in all the same classes as Jag for this show so was nice to put Twix round the same course. Well we did get e'd but.... some people will know my "sress" over dog walks with Twix, I am pleased to say her dog walk was pretty darn good in this class. I jogged along beside it so that Twix had to reach the end without me, which she did so was very pleased with that. We got e'd because of a late call from me but hey ho. Overall very pleased with both dogs in this class.

There were two jumping classes at this how both graded which was really nice. Great to see a show doing this. Just means the extra set of rosettes and trophies but means a lot to the handlers.

Any way jumping 1 was a very interesting course (see plan below). The problem was that at first it seemed impossible but that was because there were 200 people trying to walk it (well ish) so you were basically ending up learning the course pattern and not neccesarily how to handle it. In the event, it ran well. Twix did a lovely round. Just knocking a pole at jump No.13 but only because she turned soooo tight!! What was even nicer is that I believe of the grade 6's Twix would have finished 3rd not far behind the winner and... she was 1.5 behind Lee and Bold wining the grade 7. Now I know that Lee had one bit that could have been better but I am still pleased that Twix was able to post a good time. It gives me hope!!! As for Jag.... well I ran Jag first and got lost. Yes lost! I reversed after jump No. 5 and lost No. 6. Oops but before that and after that was great.

The bad.....

The other 6/7 jumping. Nothing wrong with course, it was a little tricky but nothing to bad for a 6/7. However. I just made a complete meal of this course with Jag and to some degree with Twix. It went wrong with both dogs at the weaves and that was that!! I guess one bad run each out of three each wasn't too bad. I really can't grumble.

The ugly....

The little things that irritate!! First off, the judge (not in any classes I was in) that felt it was ok to eliminate people when they stopped their dog in position on contacts and moved to the next piece of equipment and then released. Reason.. training in the ring. I know not everyone likes it but technically people that do that haven't done anything against the rules.

Secondly the stupid pillock (and that's being polite) of a bloke who's Hungarain Viszla was running in an ABC class and left the ring sniffing. He then got his dog back and carried on. The dog then left the ring again. He called it back and it went back to him. He then proceeded to wrestle the dog to the floor hold onto the dogs neck and grabbed it's leg. I can only assume that he thought he was doing some kind of dominance pose on the dog. A small group of us shouted at him as it was completely unneccesary. A couple of people went over to ask what he was doing. We then watched the bloke to make sure he stopped. He wasn't being verabally aggressive to the dog and neither do I think he was physically hurting the dog. But if he thinks that is the way to get his dog to do what he wants and come back to him, then he is sadly mistaken. He then proceeded to bore the dog senseless by doing down stays by the ring. He was reported to the show secretary.

Overall the show was really good. Nice to see lots of people enjoying agility and having a laugh with friends is always good. As I said before, nice to see lots of graded classes.

Saturday, 18 April 2009

Scunny, Easter and Wallingford

Just a show update really.

First of Scunny, first "big" show of the year. Champ and Crufts singles. First off Twix, some good bits but no clears. I have to confess that I really struggled to concentrate on anything with Twix at this show. I was so up for getting Jag to the Champ final that Twix kinda took a back sit. I don't think that could be helped as just getting back into my Jag zone has been taking all my effort.

Well what can I say, my boy is back!!! Jag and I were clear in the champ jumping round. And ok, as my friends would say I resorted to panicy pigg... which basically means I clapped all the way round like a grade 1 handler. I did get suitabley ribbed after leaving the ring and so decided that that was NOT happening again. Champ agility we had 5 faults. It was a weird one because I thought Jag had doubled up in the weaves but wasn't sure. Simon(judge)hadn't marked it but if Jag had come out wrong then obviously he would have marked then by which time it would be to late to stop Jag doing the next item and so we would have an E and as the one thing you don't want in champ is an E, I decided to take him back and redo them.

Jag qualified for the final and was going really really well until he had the pole off of the wishing well. I did get e'd after that but you kinda switch off a little after a pole. Needless to say I was really really really pleased with Jag. I just got "that" feeling back. Ya know the one when you just know you are working together and you are both giving 100%. Oo I enjoyed that. Having not qualified for any champ finals last year, it was good to be back in one. Now just to get to some more!

Crufts singles was a lovely run but sadly we had a pole but again I just felt that we were together.

So onto Easter Celebration. Only one day of competing as I was judging on the Sunday. Twix did a lovely round in her grade 6 jumping, only to kinda miss time a jump at the end which resulted in two or three poles coming down as she was off stride. But... she worked it really well and even had similar speed to training. Maybe there is hope for her to show that same speed outside one day! (pretty please!).

Jag and were e'd in the 6/7 jumping. Ooops. 5th in a twisty grade 7 jumping, was pleased with that one. But best of all.... Jag put in a really nice round to come 2nd in the KC Olympia heat. To say I was pleased in an understatement. Video below.

Again Jag just felt brilliant.

Wallingford was only Saturday for me and two runs per dog. Don't think I want to mention my runs with Twix. Not really sure what planet we were on today but it wasn't the same one!!!! Jag however.. well think you might know what i'm going to say. Grade 7 jumping we came 6th. The start of the round wasn't pretty but got better the further we went on so that is good. We won the grade 7 agility. I hadn't expected to get anything as I was training this round and when you train you don't tend to get places. Well Jag was the first clear. In fact there were only 4 clears in total. I did think I might have a job convincing some of my friends who do a wondeful job in reminding me that I should train contacts, that I really did train. But I hope that explaining that everyone that got placed on faults was quicker than me.. the quicketst was 4 seconds quicker.. so hopefully that is enough to convince that I really did train my contacts.. honest.

I don't think the grade 7 agility was that hard really just seemed that some made it look hard. However the same cannot be said for the grade 6 agility which was followed by a grade 5 agility that I personally think was harder than the 6 and IMO the 6 was way way way to hard! Now I don't usually have moan about judges courses as I believe you just have to attack what is put up, but these two courses (5 and 6 agility) were just ridiculous. There wasn't even any flow to the course. It was just one constant nag for 20 pieces of equipment. Not much fun for anyone. The 6 jumping wasn't great but was better than the agilty. And yes I know I have a choice weather or not to run them. And I did.. badly.. but I certainly wasn't going to get the hump if Twix went wrong. I'm honestly not sure if I would have got Jag round them. Hey ho. I know we all do the same course but.. well grrr!!

That's it for now. Next weekend WBSDSBWBWSDSD ya know that one!! Then another champ at Vyne. I just hope Jag and I can keep this form going. I feel like I could tackle anything with him at the moment!! Still smiling :-)