And that pretty much sums up how my day at our club’s agility trial went.
Despite pretty good runs in my novice ring we just had some basics that didn’t quite go to plan. Mum… Need more room to get my speed up before the 1st jump. Yep the 1st 2 runs today I knocked the 1st bar off as we started. Opps. Need more of a run up! And in Novice Jumping that was the only thing that was between us and a clean run / qualie.
Good news… Mum learnt. The 3 runs later in the day mum had me start back a bit further and I didn’t knock the 1st jump. Problem solved.
So the tough stuff I’m really proud of (and mum pretty excited too):
– RQH Jumping: place on the course where I went over a jump and had the shute tunnel directly in front of me. Actual course was to hang a right into another tunnel. Yep listened to mum and hung a right.
– Open Agility: a run of jumps where I got to get up a bit of speed but before going over the last one (which was also the starting jump I had been over from the other direction early and hence had the timing gate) I instead had to hang a right and go back around another jump and a bit further around the course. Woohoo. Listened to mum, slowed down and did the tight turn and we continued around the course.
– Open Jumping: this one had mum doing a brief happy dance mid course. When she walked the course earlier she thought this was a long shot… Ha Mum. I nailed it. There was an exclusion zone which mum had to send me out over a jump with her standing back behind a line. I then had to run around the jump (not back over it) and then back to mum via an earlier jump. Oh yeah! I did it!!! (In the words of the ‘big eyed Spanish speaking one that toddler likes aka Dora… ‘We did it. We did it. We did it yeah. We did it’).
Oh and apart from Open Jumping, I was a bit over weaves by then, I got my weaves right all day. Go 1st World Dog!!!
I’m a bit tired now and looking forward to a sleep….
And here is a picturing of me jumping in a trial a couple of weeks ago (thanks Badger Photographer).