I couldn't have asked for a more wonderful weekend. Weather was sunny with temps. in the 60's, maybe even 70 on Sunday, a wonderful indoor Farmers/Holiday Market next door to the trial and the little Stinkbutt managed to Q on 8/9 runs, got 8/9 dogwalks and missed only one weave pole entry. The only run he didn't Q on was Traditional Gamblers and it was a difficult sort of gamble for him, something we don't train and not a lot of people Q'ed anyway. But he had a fabulous opening and I didn't feel the least bit bad about missing the gamble. The rest of the runs were focused and fast and fun. A few handling blips on my part but nothing bad enough to cause an off course (except for an accommodating run I was doing for Trigility). Not sure what else to say about the weekend other than I was thrilled.
And I had fabulous homemade tamales on Sat. and crepes on Sun. from the Farmer's Market. This is one of my favorite trials because I always get a wonderful lunch. And the bonus of a friend unexpectedly dropping in to watch. I came out of the ring after one of my Standard runs and there she was. She had been at the Farmer's Market and saw the dogs warming up outside so she came in the arena building and happened to come in right in the middle of one of our runs. What are the chances of that?
Somebody else had some big fun too (photo from USDAA Nationals)
There was even a tricky part to one of the Standard courses:
The tricky part was the line of jumps after the #13 tunnel through 18. I tried to do a perpendicular rear cross between 16 and 17 but I think I rushed it a bit and was too far ahead, stopped too soon and didn't show enough motion for the #17 jump so Strum stalled a bit but he got it eventually. The only people who I noticed had a smooth run through there were folks with little dogs who put a front in between 16 and 17. I thought about a front there but didn't like the line it set for 17 to 18 since I'd have to push a bit to get the turn between 16 and 17.
Jumpers was uneventful. Yet more pinwheels into pinwheels with a little bit extra challenge provided by a box.
Here's some video of a few runs from Saturday for the course maps shown above. No video at all from Sunday since I was 2nd-3rd dog on the line all day and didn't have time to ask people to tape me.
DOCNA JUMPERS, STANDARD, SNAKES from colliebrains on Vimeo.
After the embarrassment of riches from the weekend I decided to check Strum's records to see how far we were from his MEX (DOCNA's version of ADCH, MACH, NATCH, etc.). Last time I checked it seemed like we were half way there, especially in Standard but after this weekend he needs only 1 Gamblers and 4 Standard (requirements are 15 Standard, 10 Gamblers, 10 Jumpers). Not too bad considering we only did 3 DOCNA trials this year and only 1 day of 1 of those trials. Our next DOCNA trial is in Feb. and they're only offering 3 Standard classes so even with 100% Q rate we can't finish it then. The next DOCNA trial I have planned after that isn't until August and the next after that in October so it could easily be another year until he gets his MEX but it's funny to think he's so close. There are a couple more DOCNA trials in May and July but I wasn't planning on them for various reasons and the MEX isn't enough incentive to get me to go since we're in no hurry.
Specialist Standard 1 Saturday Q - 1st place
Specialist Snakes and Ladders Saturday Q - 1st place
Specialist Jumpers Saturday Q-1st place
Specialist Standard 2 Sunday Q - 2nd place
Specialist Standard 3 Sunday Q - 1st place
Specialist Time Gamble Sunday Q - 1st place
Specialist Jumpers Sunday Q-2nd place
Specialist Sunday Trigility Q - 2nd place
Specialist Jumpers Agility Merit Award (10 Jumpers legs)
Bronze Specialist Trigility Merit Award (earned at last trial in October)
9/9 - 100%, though the first one of the day was iffy
Weave pole entries
7/8 (88%), 1 missed entry, my fault, handling error, no pop-outs
1 bar down - my fault, handling error in Gamblers
No off courses (except an accommodating run for Trigility, came over the A-frame and was supposed to flip to a tunnel but put a few paws back on the A-frame before eventually going in the tunnel)