On the weekend of the 13/14th of January I took Twitch and Vader to the USDAA Tournament-only trial at Daisy Peel’s place. Couldn’t beat the view! Chilly mornings but the days warmed up and were stunning for January.
Twitch tried Team for the first time pairing with Heather and Navarre. He did so well! So proud of the little guy. He has been there before but not for competition. He ran well for me and had lots of Qs and gave me a lot of himself. Very pleased with him.
Vader and I did Team with April/Josie and Molly/Moxie. Vader was a rock star! He got lots of points and ran very well. We also tried Grand Prix for the first time. We didn’t Q due to a refusal or two but that is ok. All the rest of his runs were really fantastic. He got first place in Steeplechase and won $10! He did very well in a new place on the nice turf there.
Starters Standard https://youtu.be/m5t4Wn3XM6Q
Lovely run. His weaves were great all weekend! Need to work that aframe contact a bit more. Not a fan of all the creeping I saw this weekend.
Starters Jumpers https://youtu.be/s_I3z36RT9A
He was great on this run! They recorded our time wrong so we were not the second fastest dog, by a lot. Lol didn’t matter because that off course jump killed our Q anyway. Everything was good but you can really see the bouncy puppy in the beginning. 🙂
We placed second in Team on Friday with April and Zippy and Libbi and Tosca. Two tournament Qs down for the baby dog just getting into Advanced!
Tomorrow Vader and I try our hand at USDAA Team. We partner with two other handlers and their dogs to form a team. We are the Motley Crew. Libbi Peltz with Tosca and April Meyer with Zip. Our scores are added up over 4 classes, Standard, Gamblers, Jumpers and Snooker. Then we run a 3 person relay for final points.
The courses are judged at Masters level and have a bit of Masters and Master Challenge in them. We do great on courses like that in practice so it will be fun to see how we do in a trial. Vader needs another Starters Standard Q before we can move up to Advanced.
Sunday both Vader and Twitch will get to run Tunnelers! I can’t wait to see what Vader does with all tunnels! Lol
This weekend Vader and I ventured to a USDAA trial at Daisy Peel’s Clear Mind Agility place. It was a small trial and our ring was outside on very nice green grass! Yesterday was lovely weather and got only a little warm in the afternoon. Today was cooler and very windy but we got done before the rain hit!
Vader ran really really well this weekend! We had 4 runs each day.
Saturday was Starters Standard. He had trouble with the weave poles and after several attempts to get him to take them I aborted and so no Q. Everything else in the run was lovely!
Then came Advanced Gamblers. There was an opportunity to practice those weaves because they were coming up in the next course too. He ran by them the first time but I swung him back around all happy and we took the jump again and then he got them! Didn’t get the gamble but his weaves were lovely!
Then was Steeplechase. He went past the weaves on one of the passes through (had to do them twice) but the other time he nailed them. We did circle back around when he ran by and he got them on the second try. We were too slow by 2 seconds or something to Q but that’s ok.
Then was Advanced Snooker. It was a great run. No problems except for me not getting to position correctly so that was a Q.
Sunday we started with Starters Standard and he nailed the weaves on the first try! I bobbled a little but we pulled off a Q!
Fourth and final run was Starters Jumpers. I often leave early and miss this run but since it was only noon, we stayed. We had one Q already and didn’t need more, but since we were there…. Vader had a lovely run and again, I bobbled a bit but still pulled out a Q!
We ended up getting second in our jump height for Steeplechase and Third overall in our height for Standard! I am very pleased with his runs and eagerness to play with me.
Twitch and I attended WAG’s USDAA trial on Saturday at the Linn County Fairgrounds in Corvallis. We entered one day because WAG kept posting how much better the footing was. They said they were raking it each night but IMO it’s not the hardness but all the damn rocks!
Twitch has never run well there and I’m not going to enter him there again. I was going for fun courses and motivation as an I don’t care about these Qs courses and for the most part that is how it went. Until Snooker and the aframe. Which he refused twice. So no more Corvallis trials for us.
Standard I didn’t support one jump enough and he went around it, so we didn’t Q.
Gamblers we were doing well but I was too far forward for the last jump of the Gamble and he came into me instead of taking the jump. Then after going past it I tried to salvage things and he back jumped. Oh well.
Snooker I was going for three 7s which meant three aframe a and he refused the first but I made him go up and then he refused again. I bailed and we did two tunnels instead.
Jumpers he did not start out with any motivation or speed so we looped through 6 jumps and was done.
I liked the first two runs but the last two were not great. I have work to do. Sigh.