earns her FIRST agility leg!!!
This time we head indoors to the horse arena in
Dillsburg PA. OH, all those smells! That is all I could
think about before we even arrive!
Maddy starts off on
FIRE on the Jumper's course running much faster than I expected!
So off I go flying to keep up and direct her. She was focused
and determined on this run! She took direction and was a speed
demon! Well, then we hit the weavepoles. It wasn't the
weavepoles themselves that slowed us down. It was the lady
sitting in the chair as part of the ring crew about 20 feet away
from the weavepoles that was the challenge. Maddy goes through
the first weavepole and then RUNS half way across to the lady in the
chair. I call her back into the second weavepole and then she
RUNS half way across to the lady in the chair. You get the
idea! We lost some time getting through the weavepoles, but
she did them and had a CLEAN RUN!! She not only qualified but
took home a third placement! WAY TO GO MADDY!!!!
Maddy tried her best on the Standard course. There was a lot
of excitement in the adjacent ring for an old dying dog that was
making a final run that had the crowd screaming. Poor Maddy!
She thought the screaming was for her and just couldn't focus on the
task at hand. It was really bad timing, but these things
happen. Next time!
Now Lexi hits the
Standard course. Her first run on the Jumper's side was as to
be expected. The hunting dog in her kept her nose towards the
ground and tracking and if was very difficult to get her started.
But after the first few obstacles she did much better. She
almost qualified but the smells were just too much. So with
that in mind we take on the Standard course. Lexi goes through
the course as if she were a new dog. She had speed and focus!
We had a couple of minor mistakes, but she flew through the course
and earned a 2nd placement! One more leg to go in Standard and
Jumpers for her Novice titles!!
Honorable mention again to Nouli. OH so close! His,
ahem, handler pulled him off a jump too soon in Jumpers that cost
him his last leg for his AXJ. He was phenomenal again.
He had speed and drive and made me very proud. He had an issue
with the teeter in Standard, otherwise it would have been another Q.
We will keep on trying! He is doing GREAT!!