On Saturday, August 29, we were back at the Agility Trial in RI. It was back to a normal all level trial. This was a three day trial but unfortunately work obligations only allowed us to attend the two days.
Our first class of the day was Excellent FAST. Aiden zoomed around and racked up 75 points out of a possible 80. At the Bonus he started towards the wrong entry of the tunnel, I tried to direct him to the correct side but unfortunately he turned to me and was faulted. NQ!
I missed the walk-through for the Excellent Standard class. At most trials the 20″ dogs walk/run and then the 24″ dogs walk/run. I did not realize that at this trial they were walking the 20″ class, then walking the 24″ class and then running both. I was watching some of the 20’s and I went to see how many dogs were left before it would be time for me to walk the course. I was shocked to learn that they were on the 2nd to last 20″ dog and Aiden was the next dog on the line! I raced to get him and just made it. Good job I had watched some of the 20″ dogs! Aiden QUALIFIED with 1st place for his 2nd leg.
In Open Jumpers with Weaves we were doing fairly well when Aiden started to go off course towards the weaves. As I called him back to the correct jump, without being faulted, he took the correct jump at an angle and knocked the bar. It has been pointed out to me that sometimes Aiden seems to lower his body too much on a jump directly preceeding a tunnel and maybe that is why the bar came down. We may never get an Open Jumpers leg!!
The last class of the day was Time 2 Beat. I almost missed the walk-through for this class also as I was running in Open JWW! I rushed over and the judge let me walk the course quickly while they set the bars for the small dogs. Aiden had a super run and qualified with 2nd place for his 3rd leg. In T2B, instead of the usual 3 legs for a title, you need 15 legs and 100 points. In his 3 legs Aiden has earned a total of 25 points.
Very proud of my boy!
Aiden with his ribbons from the Eastern English Springer Spaniel Agility Trial in Rhode Island.
U-Ch., V Alta-Tollhaus Aiden IPO-2, CDX, RE, OA, OF, NAJ, OAP, OJP, NFP, HT, TC, TDI, CGC