Some interesting numbers from this past weekend's USDAA trial in Laramie, WY:
Grand Prix (Championship)
Class Height/# of dogs
12" 1 dog
22" class was 84% of the total entry.
32 of the 43 dogs in the 22" class were Border Collies. That's a whopping 74%.
Master Jumpers was similar with 46 dogs in the 22" class of 55 total dogs (84% of total entries) and 33 BC's in the 22" class (72%).
Master Standard had 81% of the total entry in the 22" class and 72% of those were BC's.
This is typical of the trials around here. There are usually 2-3 dogs in 26", 2-3 dogs in 12", 4-6 dogs in 16" and the rest in the 22" class.
Maybe I'm grumpy because despite having 3 measurements under 21" by regular judges the CMJ measured Strummer at 21 1/4" this weekend, nudging him into the 26" class. My only recourse is to get 2 more CMJ's to measure him under. Problem is we don't have any CMJ's scheduled at local trials for the rest of the year, not even at Regionals. Will the January trial have one? How about April? Will I be having him measured on into next summer or fall? I could drive 8 hours to Nebraska in October for a CMJ. Yeah, suuuuure I could.
Life sucks for the 21" cusp dog because as a vet you still have to jump over your shoulder height. I can put Strum in 22" Performance for life but then there is no vet class for him. I can jump him at 26", at the trial there were people who saw him jumping who said he's a nice jumper and he'd be fine at 26". My feeling is that just because he can jump 26" doesn't mean he should. I find the idea of a 21" dog jumping 5" over their shoulder height to be ridiculous. And so do most other people around here with big dogs which is why the 26" class typically has 2-3 entries.
There's a lot I like about USDAA but I don't like that they don't put the dogs first. Or the competitors. The judge this weekend was grumping about the fuss over 24" weave poles. 'The dogs go faster through those poles so you will just bring on their injuries more quickly', was his reasoning. Huh? Wuh? It made no sense at all and when several people pointed out that it was the angle of bending that was causing the stress on the dog's joints/neck/back/etc. the judge responded that the difference in the angle of bending was so slight that you could barely see it. Uh, yeah, maybe he has not seen the zillions of videos floating around the internets. And he's an orthopedic vet maybe? Then he started grumping about other organizations caving in to pressures from their customers. Because who cares what those pesky customers want, especially the ones who fret so needlessly about the welfare of their dogs? It's about Competition and Tradition, people! Not the dogs or the customers.
I think this particular pesky customer sees a lot more DOCNA in her future.