Monday, April 21, 2008

Murphy's weekend - BOTC Agility

Well the 2008 BOTC agility trial is in the "books". All the equipment from Max200 is on it's way back to Western NY, our club trailer is again loaded with all of the trial essentials: ring gates, coffee makers, tables, chairs, etc etc etc..and the fitness edge is once again open for the little tikes to play tennis again…I have to say over and over again that BOTC (and of course GMGRC) put on the best trials - it's all about location.

A one ring trial on great footing, the dogs work so well in that building, there's tons of room for parking and crating, grassy spaces to potty dogs, lots of workers with almost no conflicts, a great judge….The courses were open and flowing both days - Steve Shelt was the judge for the weekend - some traps, some really good handling tests. Open is a whole different ballgame than Novice on so many levels - not just 12 vs 6 weave poles…Murphy and I started the weekend on Saturday with a pretty horrendous run - he was working with me but missed his weaves, skipped the teeter, disconnected, got a table fault, was slow to down on the table...blech…it wasn't entirely awful as he really did stay with me and seemed to want to work. I chalked it up to being rusty (we haven't done much agility recently) and first trial of the season - there was a lot of that going around actually. Saturday afternoon we pulled it together for a Q on the jumpers run, qualifying with some time faults (but no course deductions) and taking 2nd place. Sunday morning Murphy had a great standard run - really nice work from him - but he made a mistake (refusal at a tunnel - what's up with that) and I made a mistake (late command at the chute put him too far out to take a double) and two R's don't make a Q (get it - that's supposed to be funny). This afternoon the course was designed for us - fantastic - there were some traps but essentially if you handled it correctly it was a straight line of 4 jumps, to a curve, the weaves, a pinwheel that lead out to another pinwheel (so essentially 4 jumps in a straight line there too) and then 4 jumps straight out…Murphy got to move out, he listened and he was under course time for a clean run! So we left with two red ribbons and two legs towards Murph's OAJ. I'm sort of shocked to think that we are essentially one Q away from playing in excellent with the big kids….

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