Monday, September 20, 2010

Wills Park Trial

Last weekend, Riley and I competed in a 3 day agility trial locally. Riley was very good and showed lots of improvement from the prior show. She nailed all of her weave poles the first time with the exception of one. She completed both Open titles so she has moved up to the Excellent A level.I am still having trouble with Riley not seeking out tunnels that are right in front of her. My trainer thinks that when she is moving quickly towards a tunnel that Riley just does not want to take the time to slow down and duck to get through it. It is easier to just run around it.Another issue is that Riley started leaping off the A-frame and finally missed the yellow contact zone on Sunday. She is suppose to stop with 2 feet on the A-frame and 2 feet off.These are just some minor things to work on when we are training. All in all, Riley listened better and was more connected. I was thrilled that she finished both Open titles.

Day 1 - Open Jumpers had a refusal at yellow tunnel and a dropped bar. Open Standard was perfect. She placed first and the weave poles were especially awesome!

Day 2 - Riley popped out of the weave poles early in Open Jumpers, but we are allowed one error so she qualified with a 3rd place. Second run is her debut in Excellent A Standard. She would have qualified except I knocked her off the table. She was suppose to come in front of me, but came from behind instead.

Day 3 - Excellent Standard had a jump refusal and a missed contact on the A-frame. Excellent Jumpers had some creative moments. No qualifying scores today, but I am happy to be back in Excellent.

13 comments:

jcp said...

Riley looks great! You must be really pleased.

Elizabeth said...

Day 1 Open Standard weave poles were amazing! I'm in awe! :)

Anonymous said...

Well done!! Still amazed about how easy it seems when you do agility, while in fact it is so hard making sure your body language is correct all the time.
Leen from Belgium

Sue said...

Obviously having a ball.

Well done Riley.

I love the poles:)

Aragon greyhounds said...

Since she doesn't like the tunnels sometimes-probably because she loses sight of you and the fun run-what about giving her a verbal cue to reinforce she has to go in for now. Once she is experienced you can fade the reminder ie the verbal cue.

She looks like Whisper and her Aframe too. Hope we both can get it fixed quickly!

Hiking Hounds said...

Congratulations to you and Riley! What fun!

Muttsandaklutz said...

Holy cr*p, can that dog move!!

She looks like a blast to run. Congrats on your great weekend.

Michelle said...

Go Riley, Go Riley, looking good!! =)

houndstooth said...

She looks amazing in those videos! I love that little spin and jump over the tunnel in the last one. lol She definitely loves her work!

That picture of her jumping off the A-Frame is really something, even though I know that's not what she's supposed to do.

I'm so happy to see her doing such great work for you! You must be thrilled!

KF-in-Georgia said...

I loved her innovative approach to the yellow tunnel in Excellent Jumpers on day 3. I know it wasn't fun for you, but... It avoided the part she dislikes--where she actually has to go into the tunnel--and maybe she was making up for not getting her feet on the yellow on the a-frame by nailing the yellow on the tunnel. :)

Greyhounds CAN Sit said...

You and Riley make it all look so easy and so much fun I can see lots of Border Collie people thinking their next agility star might be a Greyhound;-)

hannahagility said...

Wow! I just stumbled upon your blog - your dog is amazing! That is one happy running, fast sighthound.

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

Thank you everyone. Riley is getting to be so much fun now.