Strum and I had a little road trip up to Laramie, WY for a USDAA trial. It's only just over 2 hours away but that's far enough to warrant an overnight stay. Unfortunately I've not had good experiences with hotels in Laramie. Last time I paid $90 for a room in a fleabag motel and I'm pretty sure the occupant next door was dead. I got no sleep all night thanks to the t.v. from the room next door blaring so loud and just about every cop in Laramie showed up the next morning and swarmed the door. I got out of there before they found the body, or worse. Apparently a lot of the dog friendly hotels are also ridden with bedbugs. So I decided to sleep in my Honda Element as I did 2 or 3 years ago, the last time I did 2 days of this trial. Turned out to be the best sleep I've had in weeks, maybe months. Overslept in fact, got up at the shockingly late hour of 6:15 and had to rush to get the car put back together so I could get to town for coffee before walk-throughs. Though I slept so well I hardly needed the coffee but it was good anyway and I ran into lots of dog ladies at the Starbucks. Maybe I should sleep in my car at home, I haven't had a night's sleep as good as that since I got back.
I only entered Team and Standard so I was able to leave early on the second day and it was a good decision. By the end of our run at 2:00 I'd had enough. We were on a nice, laid back, fun, no pressure team and we all had our Q's for Nationals. I entered to get practice for Nationals on some USDAA Masters level courses. Also the thought of driving all that way and spending the night just to do Starters classes was not appealing. So glad for this decision, I loved running the more challenging courses. We'll never get out of Starters this way but oh well.
We had a mixed bag of results, a nice run and first place in Team Gamblers, decent runs in Jumpers and Relay with only a 2 fault refusal in each, and then, ahem, the 7 point Snooker run and the heartbreaking E on the second to last obstacle in Standard. It always hurts to have a beautiful, perfect dogwalk in Standard and then screw up somewhere else. In the end though my team ended up with a Q and 6th place.
Strum's Standard run was beautiful except for, of course, the dogwalk. Ugh. We only need one more stinking Standard run to get out of Starters and it's always a bar or the dogwalk stopping us. Oh well, we'll get it eventually.
There was a contingent of really good, fast small dogs, I think maybe came from Utah, many of them mixes. Very fun to watch, CO has almost no small dogs in USDAA. The ones we have are very good but it would be good if we had more but I totally understand why the wee dog contingent doesn't heart those USDAA jump heights.
Overall a fun trip considering how much I hate traveling. Didn't like the drive but had a great time once I got there. And I've got a list of things to work on before Nationals. If only I could get my butt back out to the practice field. Mornings are starting to get cooler and swimming at the Rez stops in a week or 2 so I should be able to start getting out there. Plus Nationals will be here before I know it.
Team Gamblers Q, 1st place
Team Q (DAM), 6th place
Dogwalks: 1/3 (33%)
A-frames: 5/6 (83%)
Weave entries: 2/4 (50%) didn't pop out at all, one entry was my fault
Knocked bars: 1 in Masters Standard, my fault, out of position for a serp.
Teeters: 5/5 (100%) I think they were all good, no naughty ones
Table: 1/1 (100%) fast, perfect table
Off courses: 2, 1 in Master Standard, out of position in same serp as the knocked bar, 1 in Snooker, shoulders were rotated the wrong way.