Today the Teamwork Agility Club of Central Massachusetts held an agility trial for Excellent and Masters dogs only. Only two classes were offered, Jumpers with Weaves and Standard Agility. We ususally like to have a FAST or T2B class first to burn off some of the “wild man’s” energy. That was not the case today!
The first class was Masters JWW. Aiden had a great run and he qualified with 1st place and earned 15 more MACH points.
In Masters Standard Aiden had another good run but unfortunately did not qualify and therefore no Double Q today! There was a tight turn from the A-Frame, over the Triple and to the table. Aiden turned towards the weave poles and I was able to call him off them but his momentum sent him just past the plane of the table and he jumped on from the back side which is a fault.
Today Aiden was entered in the Colonial Shetland Sheepdog Club Agility Trial in Westborough, MA. Mother Nature decided to play an April Fool’s Day joke on us and even though it’s Spring the forecast was for a Winter storm with 8″ of snow from Friday into Saturday. We decided to take vacation time off work and drive up to Westborough, which is about 2 hours away from us, on Friday. When we left Cape Cod it was raining and when we got closer to Westborough it had changed to a wintery mix. We stopped at the Hopkinton State Park and took Aiden for a walk.
This morning we awoke to more of a sleet storm than a snow storm.
Aiden’s first class of the day was Masters FAST. He had a good run, got the send bonus and scored 73 points. In FAST if a bar is knocked down you can still qualify but you do not get the points for that jump. He qualified with 2nd place for his 10th Leg and his Masters FAST Title (MXF).
In Masters Standard Aiden decided to play an April Fool’s joke on me. He made up his own course, knocked a few jumps and had a grand olde time for himself! Obviously he did not qualify. The course was a difficult one and no dogs in the 24″ class qualified.
After Standard it was still snowing but my friend and I decided to take Aiden and Yasha for a walk in the snow.
The last class of the day was Masters Jumpers with Weaves and again it was a tricky course. Aiden had a good run and was the only dog in the 24″ class to qualify. Obviously he came in 1st place and he earned 13 more MACH points.
U-Ch, V, PAM Alta-Tollhaus Aiden
IPO-2, VCD2 (CDX, OA, OAJ, TD), BN, RE, MX, AXJ, MXF, OAP, OJP, NFP, CA, DN, HIC, TC, TDI, CGC
On Friday, we are still trying for that final JWW leg-it is always something! This time we missed a jump and then she back-jumped, so even though I am allowed one refusal, the back-jump is an NQ. Worst of it is, she wouldn’t have done it if it hadn’t been for me and I could have saved the run 🙁
We tried Novice fast for the 1st time. She qualified with a first place and 71 0f 50 points needed 🙂
Ziva’s final Open Jumpers Q & 1st place today!! It was sort of wild handling by me, but Ziva got the job done and placed 1st in the class, so tomorrow we are playing with the big dogs! She also placed 2nd in novice fast, no video since everyone was either competing in the other ring or in this class.
We did not Q in our 1st excellent run, but she did well. I tried a lead out pivot for the 1st time and had sucess getting to the A-Frame. Several dogs b4 her run, another dog pooped in the weaves. They cleaned it up, but the next few dogs, including her stopped to sniff. I celebrated the rest of the course too soon and she brought the last bar done. I was so pleased with how she ran the course.
Here is the obligatory bling photo for the weekend!
Yesterday we left the Cape early to head to New Hampshire for the Yankee Golden Retriever Club Agility Trial on Friday. This was for Masters/Excellent Dogs only. After checking in to the hotel we took Aiden for a lovely walk at the Piscataquog River Park.
Today Aiden’s first class was Premier Standard. As usual Premier classes have a lot of tricky parts. Aiden had a super run but unfortunately back jumped one jump and therefore did not qualify. If you watch the video you can see the judges reaction as Aiden had a clean run further than any of the dogs who ran before him. Overall only one dog in the 24″ class qualified.
In Masters Standard Aiden had a good, clean run and qualified with 3rd place and earned 22 more MACH points.
In Masters Jumpers with Weaves Aiden had a terrific run and was just about to qualify….but knocked the very last jump. So close but no Double Q today!
As this trial was only for Masters/Excellent dogs we were done earlier than normal so we took Aiden back to the park for some off leash fun.