I know, very creative post title. A quickie recap of the trial since I didn't do anything for the last 2 USDAA trials. In general, more boring easy courses, picked up a Q in just about every event, we're now just 3 Standard Q's away from his MEX (Champ title in DOCNA). Best part of the trial was that he missed the first 2 dogwalks of the trial and got every one after that (7/9=78%), beautiful hits, I practically wept after each one since the last 2 trials were Nightmare on Dogwalk Street. Part of the success was because I experimented with managing the down ramp a bit by turning into him and decelerating as he approached and came down the down ramp. I know, I know, NOT what you're supposed to do but I'm that desperate for some dogwalk success in the ring. He's 8 1/2 years old and training seems to have little impact. I am going to work through some things from Silvia's video on running contacts but it's so not on the top of my to do list at the moment. Won't always be able to manage it of course, it's a band-aid fix for the moment and also helps get some success that I can mark in the ring.
We also got our Nationals qualifier for next year. Nat's. is in Grand Junction and it's the weekend after Xterra Nationals so technically I could do both but we'll see. Not sure I want to drive 4 1/2 hours for a bunch of boring pinwheels. But at least I know I can go if I want. Not sure about Xterra Nat's. either. Oh, who am I kidding? But that debate is for another post.
Got some video, I'll post a couple of runs.
Standard, Q and 1st place
Jumpers, Q and 1st place, 6.11 yps
FRAT DOCNA Specialist Jumpers from colliebrains on Vimeo.
I know, Nightmare on Pinwheel Street. I hadn't entered Jumpers for this trial but they were taking 'day of' entries and since they were running Jumpers in another ring throughout the day I thought what the heck. Strummer had fun though the course was annoying.
I've got a couple of USDAA trials coming up and another DOCNA trial in a few weeks but mostly I'm looking forward to a Rosanne DeMascio seminar this weekend. I'm not in charge of the seminar this time which is a relief though to be honest it wasn't that big of a deal. Still, happy to be able to show up and run without worrying about anything else. Only doing one day, a four hour session of International Handling and 4 hours of jumping. Really really enjoyed her last time she was here and excited for the weekend. Going on a 'flood tour' on Sunday of some flood damaged open space areas that are still closed to the public and will remain so for the long term. Should be interesting.
Specialist Standard Saturday Q-1st place
Specialist North America Challenge Saturday Q - 2nd place (knocked a bar)
Specialist Traditional Gamblers Saturday Q - 1st place
Specialist Jumpers Sunday Q-1st place, 6.11 yps
No titles that I'm aware of.
4 Q's, 7 classes
Weave pole entries
3/8 (38%), no pop-outs
Bars down = 2