Friday, March 15, 2013

NADAC Agility Trial 3-15-13 Day 1

So, it's been a while since Team Rodgers has hit the agility field.
But we're back, and we're here to win!
I had high hopes of getting some good practice in this season before this trial, but the snow gods decided that wasn't going to happen.  So I was, and still am a little concerned about Oliver's performance this weekend.
Friday night at the local trials, as you know, if you follow along, I know you all follow along, consists of just 3 events.  Hoopers, TouchNGo and Weavers.  Well if you follow along you know that last time we tried weaving events we were shamed..they were down right pathetic.  And since I haven't had a chance to really work on them, we only entered 2 events tonight.
That's right, time for the footage.

First up, as always is Hoopers. It consists of all hoops.  I mentioned last time we entered this event he ran off like a retard..sadly there was no footage of this.  So I was slightly concerned...but he pulled through like a champ.  His speed was a little down, but we finished cleanly.  The speed thing is partly my can see me waiting for him..we're just not confident in those pinwheel patterns (you know, where you go around in a circle).  I was pleased with his focus and really pleased it was a clean run.  Alas, no Q for us, we were 0.85 seconds over the Standard Course Time (SCT)  Boo!!

Our final attempt for the night was Touch N Go.  I should start holding quizzes...this event is all about the contacts.  Oliver loves contacts.  Last time we competed he surprised me with a TnG qualifying I had high hopes..that was until I walked this dreadful course.  There are 3 tunnel/contact discriminations.  The point in this particular course is to not take the tunnels.  Oliver also loves tunnels.  Dogs succumb to what is affectionately called "tunnel suck"  and they just can't help themselves.  For Oliver, the worst is the dog-walk/tunnel scenario.  The opening to the tunnel is actually a little bigger than the plank of the dog-walk, so really, who could blame him.  BUT, he's such a good boy, we ACED this run!  He hit every obstacle with no problems what so ever!  You can see me twice in the video raise my arms up in sweet sweet victory as he takes the proper obstacle.  The speed felt good during the run, and it turns out, it was good.  We spanked the SCT and beat it by 12 seconds.  Earning us a 1st place and a big fat Q.  Way to go Oliver.

We're up for a full day of it tomorrow, as well as Sunday.  We'll be calling on the Luck 'o the Irish to help us have the best weekend possible.


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