Our first run for the weekend was Excellent Jumping – it was fast and clear! “Awesome” I thought, "what a great start to the night!" The rest of our jumping runs unfortunately incurred a fault or two, although not lots of bars down (as we have had in the past), just simple mistakes, so I was still pretty happy with our efforts and really pleased with that first Q as it also completed Tickets' Jumping Dog Excellent (JDX) title … oh scary, that means we’re in Masters now! That will be interesting!
It must have been a weekend for 1st’’s … our first Agility run was also clean and fast, and completed Tickets Agility Dog (AD) Title! It was a lovely run however I did let her off the a-frame contact a little quicker than I should have (bad handler!), so my plan was, in our next run (Open Agility), to hold our contacts - which we did, and she obliged very nicely waiting for my “OK” to release her. Considering the word “stop” is not in Ticket’s vocabulary I think she did extremely well. Both our Open runs were NQ’s but she did very nice contacts (which was my main goal for this weekend) so regardless of our small errors Ticket still got her jackpot to celebrate her efforts. Our last run for the night was another run in Novice Agility – seeing we had already qualified once in this class early in the night (completing her AD title) this was a Q we didn’t need, so I probably handled with a little less apprehension and instead of playing it safe, I pushed Ticket for a bit more speed and raced her thru the course with real determination … Wow! It was the best run we have ever done … just awesome!!! Not one bar tipped, contacts fast, accurate and held until released without doubt and beautiful weaves leading into a tunnel (her favourite excuse to pop the weaves!) … I don’t know if anyone video’d this run but if they did I would love to see it from the outside!
Chilli also ran in novice agility this weekend, missed her weave pole entry both times, but otherwise a very nice effort. Note to self: take Chilli to club training to practice weave poles AWAY from home!
Rocket … little trouper he is … ran in Masters Jumping. His first attempt was a bit of a flop, he resisted jumping a few jumps and knocked a bar (yes, his 2.8kg little body actually managed to knock a bar down!), so I withdrew him and gave him a good massage and off to bed to rest. At present I am unsure if he is sometimes hesitating when jumping because he is hurting or finds it difficult or if he’s just not stimulated by the whole exercise … he did run Masters Jumping again that night, a great little run but missed the second-last jump (I’m still kicking myself) on a long and challenging course!
So the weekend finished with Ticket (above) taking 1st Place for all three “Q’s” … 1st Place overall in AD (twice) and JDX, against all heights and nearly 3 seconds ahead of the 2nd Place in Excellent Jumping!
Golly ... that means we’re in Masters Jumping this weekend!
Stay tuned to see how we go ...