Here are some nice photos of Strummer from the DOCNA trial. I sent the link to Jonny and he replied, 'Looks like someone had fun.' And I replied that I was sure it wasn't me. It's just my luck there were a couple of photos of the start of that ill fated Jumpers run taken right at jump #3 where my brain decided to have a panic attack at the crazy wild horse thundering towards me off the start line. As it happens I can't blame the crazy rabid squirrels in Strummer's brain, I was so confusing and so late in my cue. This means what now? Brain sez 'front cross', body projects 'huh, what?' So do you think I was late or what? The next jump was the one behind me. Ugh, poor poor dog.
Maybe if I watch this guy's videos over and over enough times some of his crazy mad handling skilz will imprint themselves in my subconscious brain. He's young too, maybe 18? It's an outrage to be that good at such an age. He judged one of our USDAA trials last year and I swear I heard someone say he was in high school. But he was an excellent judge and even offered to help us at the score table when we were understaffed and falling behind. How many judges ever offer to do that? Plus it looks like he's using the handling system I'm trying to learn so maybe if I watch enough I'll pick something up.
In the meantime I'm off to the practice field to abuse poor Lola with some distance work and maybe some more crappy handling if she's lucky.