Tuesday, November 16, 2010

A Perfect Day

Riley and I competed in a three day agility trial last weekend. The first two days were nothing to write home about. Her first run on Friday, Riley actually lost her footing and had to jump off of the dogwalk. I was irritated with the judge. In the past, if you dog bails off of an obstacle, you are not allowed to attempt it again. However, there is a new rule stating that if your dog falls off of an obstacle you are now allowed to do it again and leave the ring. The purpose is to help your dog get over a bad experience. As the old expression goes "get back on that horse". Well, the judge immediately told me to go on which I did. Riley jumped one jump and then I remembered I was allowed to attempt the dogwalk again so I stopped and said so. He said I could not because I had continued. "Yes, but you told me to. You should have given me the option." He still would not let me redo the dogwalk. Regardless, Riley was not hurt or traumatized. She did not miss a beat the next 2 days. Here is that run:

On Sunday, Riley and I finally got it together and qualified in both runs. She earned third place in Excellent B Standard (has climbing obstacles) and first place in Excellent A Jumpers. Since Riley is now in Excellent B Standard (highest level), she can now earn MACH points for seconds under time. The time allowed was 70 seconds for this course and she ran it in 42.59 seconds. 70 minus 43 = 27 MACH points. In Jumpers, she is still in Excellent A, but she only needs one more qualifying run to move up to Excellent B Jumpers.

I love agility runs like these! I also thought her weave poles were especially good.

13 comments:

Cat Ford said...

and that, is how you do that :o)

jcp said...

Great Runs! Loved it!

Jennifer H. said...

WOW!!! She sure is a sight to behold on the course. Big time congrats on such lovely runs!! And woo-hoo on the MACH points!!!

Sue said...

I just love to see Greys do the weaving:)

Catalina said...

That was beautiful! She is so fast!

Sandy ~~~ said...

Terrific job! I love the fact that you don't have to sit on the table anymore, right?

IHeartDogs said...

Woot Woot, awesome runs! It put a huge smile on my face watching her work it! Way to go sweetie.

houndstooth said...

I always love seeing Riley do agility! Her weave poles are always so tight and I love watching her tail swish through them. Congrats on a lovely run!

Amy / Layla the Malamute said...

Beautiful runs!! Congratulations on the Q's, MACH points and placements.

Thanks for letting me know about the new rule with the contact. I had every intention of putting her back on "unknowingly" and taking the whistle off. I don't want to create a stigma. She's fallen off the dogwalk several times in class (and once at a NADAC trial, where I was allowed to put her back on). Is it in the AKC regs yet? I guess it doesn't totally matter if the judges don't follow it yet! That's pretty messed up that the judge caused you to go on and then wouldn't rectify it.

But, congratulations on the greatness! I agree, her weaves were awesome.

Sam said...

Wow, your first MACH points with her - seems like it all happened so quickly, what an awesome team you are.

That stinks about the judge. We had someone similar at our last trial - a lot of people disagreed with some of the decisions he made while judging. Glad Riley's not affected by her little mishap!

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

Thanks everyone! I was especially loving her weave poles as well!

Yep, no position required on table! Definitely, makes Riley faster than my past greyhounds because I'm not waiting for them to assume a position.

It was the judge's error to tell me to go one and when I reminded him of the new rule he should have let me redo the dogwalk. It wasn't like I did half a course before remembering the new rule... it was one jump. I talked to other judges on site who were competing that day and they said they would have let me redo. Again no biggie. But the rule is that if your dog falls off an obstacle (not jumps), you are allowed to redo the obstacle and leave the ring.

Marta said...

Wow! The runs in the last video were very impressive! i hope i can start agility soon with my dog - as soon as winter is gone.

Muttsandaklutz said...

Too bad about that judge's call for sure. Sheesh.

But wow was Riley smokin', in all of her runs!! So fun to watch.