At the Middlesex County Kennel Club Agility Trial in Amherst, NH today Aiden was entered in Novice FAST Preferred, Novice Standard Agility Preferred and Open Jumpers with weaves Preferred.
The first class of the day was Novice FAST Preferred. Aiden had a good run, got the “bonus” and qualified with a score of 67 points, out of a maximum of 80 points, and 1st place. The 2nd place dog also got 67 points but Aiden’s time was faster. This was Aiden’s 3rd leg for his Novice FAST Preferred Title (NFP).
After Aiden’s class we took him and his “support team” member, Dylan, to a fenced in area to run in the snow. It was a beautiful, sunny day and the temperature got up to a sweltering 47 degrees.
Aiden’s next class of the day, four and a half hours later, was Novice Standard Agility Preferred. You would think after such a time-lapse between runs that Aiden might be a little tired….but it felt to me like he had been shot out of a canon at the start line and it took everything I had to keep up with him. He got a table fault (-5 points) for sliding off the table. He also got a refusal for missing a jump (another 5 points off) but I was able to call him back and he took the jump and finished the course. As it is Novice you are able to qualify with a score of 85 or above provided a bar is not knocked down. Aiden qualified with score of 90 and 1st place. This was also his third leg for his Novice Agility Preferred Title (NAP).
Time for a power nap between classes!
Another three hours later Aiden ran in Open Jumpers with Weaves Preferred. The second obstacle was the weave poles. Aiden zoomed passed them resulting in a refusal fault. I called him back and restarted the poles. He was doing well but popped out at the 10th pole. That resulted in another refusal which in Open is an automatic NQ. I called him back to do the weave poles again which the “little divil” did perfectly. He then completed the rest of the course without any faults.
The boys getting ready to head home.
We are now safely home. Next time Aiden competes all his classes will be in Open.