Saturday was day 2 of a 3 day agility trial, hosted today by the Colonial Shetland Sheepdog Club. Although it is a 3 day trial we only entered Aiden for two days as we are back to work and on a summer schedule starting tomorrow. No more weekends off until after Labor Day.
Aiden’s first class of the day was Excellent FAST. This was his first time in this class as he titled yesterday in Open FAST. Once again part of the “bonus” was the 12 weave poles. Today he needed to jump, weave and take another jump straight ahead and not take a trap jump, all of this with me 15 feet away and at an angle. On the jump after the weaves you can see in the video that he gets a little confused but works it out without ever turning his back to the jump or taking the trap jump therefore we earned the “bonus”. Only two dogs in the class got the “bonus” and Aiden had racked up the most points and came in 1st.
Aiden’s second class of the day was Excellent Standard Agility. Unfortunately Aiden missed a jump and went directly to a tunnel therefore was off course and did not qualify. I got him back on course and he finished with no more faults. This is Excellent…No room for error!
Then there was over a 4 hour wait for his next two classes.
“Is it my turn yet?”
Time 2 Beat was the next class. There was one part where Aiden went over a jump and the tunnel was right in front of him but he was not supposed to take the tunnel…..and he did. NQ!
The last class of the day was Open Jumpers with Weaves. I don’t think we will EVER get out of Open Jumpers….another bar down today-NQ.
I am very proud of my boy.
This morning before the start of the agility trial we paused to remember American Independence.
Happy 4th of July everyone.
On Friday July 3, 2015 Aiden was entered in the Middlesex County Kennel Club Agility Trial in No. Smithfield, RI.
The first class of the day was Open FAST. The “Bonus” in this class was very difficult for the Open level. It involved going through a tunnel at a distance and then an entry into 12 weave poles at an angle. At no time during the “bonus” could I cross a line that was less than 15 feet from the obstacles. A iden was the only dog in the Open Class (all heights) to get the bonus and qualify. Obviously he placed 1st. This was his 3rd leg for him Open FAST Title (OF).
The second class was Excellent Standard Agility. This is the second trial that Aiden has been in the Excellent level. He had an awesome run and qualified with a first place and his 1st leg.
Later in the afternoon Aiden was in Open Jumpers with Weaves. He had a good run but unfortunately he knocked one bar. Aiden has no legs in Open JWW – something always seems to go wrong! We will keep on trying!
There was a 4th class at this trial, Time 2 Beat. Aiden had a clean run and was the second fastest dog in the 24″ class earning 8 points.
After the trial we took Aiden to Lincoln State Park for a hard earned walk and swim.
Tomorrow (Saturday) we have the second day of the trial.
Have a great and safe 4th of July.
Happy Birthday Carole !!
Hope you have a GREAT day.
From Aiden and Dylan
…..and ofcourse from Lynda, Jack, Owen and Lamont too!