Tuesday, March 24, 2009
We drove down on Thursday to do three days of the trial. I entered Ruby in the ISC classes as well as Standard and Jumpers.
Friday: Standard was an awesome course and Ruby took 3rd place. JWW we had trouble right at the start: Ruby took an off-course jump instead of the tunnel (obstacle #2) I don't know what that was all about. Then immediately we were in ISC JWW, no break. My understanding is that they are NOT supposed to start ISC Classes until the regular AKC classes are finished. She was a little slow and probably tired as well. We were clean though and she placed 4th.
Saturday: Another Q in Standard and a very nice run. JWW again she takes an off-course (tunnel this time) don't know why as I called her THREE times getting progressively louder. She pretty much gave me the finger and went into the tunnel anyway. ISC Standard, again run at the same time as regular JWW. It looked like a tricky course but it actually ran really well. Our only problem was that I tried to rear cross right before the A-frame. I NEVER rear-cross contacts so she bailed. We earned a refusal but we completed the obstacle and finished the course very nicely.
Sunday: Another wonderful fast Standard run; she placed 2nd only 1.11 seconds behind Preacher. I was very proud of her! =) JWW we finally got a Q! She was fifth overall but she went pretty wide in some spots as I didn't get information to her early enough. It was another QQ (Lucky #13) and I'm very happy with how well she did all weekend.
We leave for Nationals tomorrow afternoon and I'm getting really excited. Updates when we get back.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Blitzen at IKC ~ February 21 & 22. Ruby had some good runs the first day but had a lot of problems with the surface. It was pretty slippery. It was so hard to watch her trying to run fast yet having a hard time staying on her feet. We NQ'd on both runs the first day but she QQ'd on Sunday to make up for it. She had a nice 3rd place run in Jumpers and won her class in Standard. That's QQ #11!
Smack Dab in Naperville, IL ~ February 27 - March 1. She had some great runs Friday and Saturday. Sunday was kind of a mess (all me) but she was working great for me and as always trying her heart out. I love my little red-headed girl! =) On Friday she QQ'd and that makes #12!
Though the trial was long it was great catching up with everyone and hanging with people I haven't seen in a while. Katie and Fergus looked great this weekend, finishing his AXJ title. Ashlee and Spirit QQ'd on Sunday and had some awesome runs all weekend. It was great having Julia and Darby back - next time we'll be putting a bet on all front crosses! =) Of course hanging with Whit and Grant - the Lab Collectors - was fun as always. Go Pants! And Whitney and Rumor are really starting to come together as a team.
In a week we leave for Louisville, KY. I'm really looking forward to this trial. Should be a lot of fun and Ruby will be back on dirt ~ her favorite running surface! I entered her in ISC Classes to prep for State Team Competition at Nationals. I've also entered River in his first Rally trial and I think he'll do great.
River and Zoey hanging out at the Naperville trial.
Quick update: River did NOT get into the Rally trial in Louisville. Onofrio didn't get his entry before the trial closed. I don't know why, maybe something with the Post Office but I definitely mailed it on time.