Monday, March 25, 2013

2013 AKC Agility Nationals - Riley

Riley on the dogwalk at the trial before Nationals.

On March 14th, Stephen, the hounds, and I set out for Oklahoma to compete in the 2013 AKC Agility Nationals.  The dogs at this event qualify by earning six double qualifying scores and 400 points for seconds under standard course time in the year prior.  In comparison to the Agility Invitational we competed at in December that invited the top 5 of each breed, this event invites the "best" dogs in the country.  It is an honor to qualify and to go.

Riley ran well, but it just was not her competition.  Friday is considered a warm up day with two classes for practice and to exercise the dogs after a day of travel.  In the first run, Riley back jumps a jump (43 seconds).  She should have wrapped around it instead of coming over it.  I think I stood there for a split second too long.  But otherwise a very nice smooth run.  In the second run, Riley knocks the bar before the weave poles.
And here is Round 1, 2, and 3 of the Nationals competition.  In Round 1, Riley knocks a totally nothing bar, but it was otherwise a very nice run.  Round 2 had tons of errors.  She back jumped the second jump (sounds like I need to do some training), demonstrated how the new break away tire works, and missed her weave pole entrance.  Just an unlucky run.  So for Round 3, I new we had nothing to lose so we just went for it and placed 21st.... although out of 129 of some of the best dogs running in the 24 inch jump height... I was happy with that.  I am just glad we finally ran clean once!
Back to competing locally and focusing on finishing her Agility Championship.

10 comments:

Hawkeye BrownDog said...

Hi Y'all!

Wow, in that kind of company I'd be really, really proud of myself! Great going! Both of you!

Sounds like you're focusing on the positive...my Human says the good stuff sticks with us and the not so good dims over time. Y'all are great!

Y'all come by now,
Hawk aka BrownDog

What Remains Now said...

Great videos! I felt like I was right there. I'm starting to get excited for the movie premiere!

Apex Agility Greyhounds said...

Even though it wasn't her best performance she was still great! I always enjoy watching her run. She just looks like she's having such a good time, and that's what matters!

houndstooth said...

What an honor to go and compete! Congrats to both of you for that. She always looks like she's having the most fun in the world when she's running!

Those Brindle Kids said...

Outstanding work - to Riley and you!

Claire Krigbaum said...

So fun to hear her bio being read! Round 3 looked great!

Greyhounds Aren't Grey said...

Congratulations Riley!

Hiking Hounds said...

She looked really good and congratulations on her Round 3 placement! It's always so fun to watch your girls fly. :-)

The Dog House Workshop said...

I am impressed by the fact that you got a Greyhound to not lay down and take a nap on the course, or maybe that's just my dogs?

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

Dog House, do they nap if canned dog food is at stake? :-)