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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Rose City Classic, Portland, OR, 1/22/12 - Day 4

Last day of Rose City Classic. :(  Up for the day was agility for HP and Rally for Lexi.  Agility was up first with Standard. 

Excellent B Standard

This was our most tight course of the weekend.  There were lots of choices in the center of the ring for the dogs.  Our plan was to start on the right, with a front cross between 2/3, on to the teeter, quick 180 off the teeter to 5/6 (while avoiding the off course #12 triple, which trapped a lot of dogs).  Chute to table, then around to a straight line of jumps to the weaves.  I walked it several ways, with a front cross between 10/11, a rear cross between 11/12, a rear cross before the weaves, and a front cross after the weaves.  Unfortunately, EVEN THOUGH I KNEW BETTER, I chose to do a rear cross at the weaves.  Stupid me, I know HP will do rear crosses at the weaves in practice, but won't do them in competition.  Stupid handler!  Of course we got a refusal on that, NQ'ing our run.  We continued on over the dog walk, with a turn command into the tunnel, over the double, right side of the next tunnel, then a run over the a-frame to the finish.  Because we were NQ'd already I just ran for the finish and he blew his a-frame contact.  Not that it mattered at that point. :(  Oh well, next run!

Excellent B Jumpers with Weaves

Nice flowing jumpers course with LOTS of rear crosses.  The way we ran this one was starting on the left, rear cross between 3/4, between 5/6, between 12/13, then a front cross after the weaves and run for the finish!  Fun course!  Q'd and earned 6 MACH points!

Rally Novice A

I was feeling pretty good about Rally today.  Lexi and I had managed to Q the previous day so I figured we'd try again.  Well, it was not to be.  Lexi was actually much better, giving me more attention and less boxer antics.  The judge we had didn't seem all that entertained though.  We lost a lot of points through healing, then we got two 10 point deductions as well, one was on the down/walk around, where Lexi came up off her elbows (in hindsight, I should have re-done that one), and the other was station 4, which was a come front, finish right.  I have no idea what we did wrong, and the judge couldn't remember, so that was an NQ for the day.  Lexi was getting a little stressed by the last station, and avoiding a sit a little bit, so I'm not sure if we'll do more Rally or not.  We'll have to wait and see.

So agility totals:

Totals for the day: 1 Q, 6 MACH points

Totals for the weekend: 2 STD Qs, 2 JWW Qs (4 Q's total, 1 QQ), 48 MACH points.

MACH totals so far:  7 QQs and 306 MACH points!

Rally totals for the weekend:

1 Rally Q for Harry Potter, and 1 Rally Q for Lexi

All in all a very successful Rose City Classic weekend!

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