As usual, I arrived at the show and immediately wanted to ignore my Winter training regime, but I gave myself a good talking to and made sure that I used the show to train some of the areas we need to work on. Here's a review of our runs:
Advanced Agility 2 - Our first run of the day! Pepper was beside herself with excitement as usual and the second obstacle was the A-Frame - she ran straight off without giving her 2o2o position a single thought! I put her back over it and she had a beautiful stop! The rest of the run was fab. We used our second chance ticket to run the course again and had lovely held contacts this time! We also won the class!
Advanced Steeplechase - The course wasn't that nice, and the outside school was very wet. I hadn't realised they had got to the Medium dogs, and was called to run before they closed the class so it was all a bit of a rush. I didn't run the course as I had walked it, and it wasn't pretty but it was clear. I completely forgot about this later in the day when I left before the prize giving and at the time of writing I don't know if we won a place or not - very rude of me!
Advanced Agility 1 - We got 5 Faults on this run for a refusal at a jump - my timing into a ketschker wasn't quite right and she turned towards me before the jump. The rest of the course ran beautifully and she was really driving.
Advanced Jumping - It was getting late in the day by the time we ran this and I set off on the wrong side at the start which threw me completely! I had to change my plan half way down the weaves and didn't quite get where I wanted to be, but apart from the handler error, Pepper ran really well!
Beginner Agility 1 - We ran this course twice, NFC so that I could train her contacts. She really has no discipline in the ring, but is not too bad at training. I concentrated on the Dog Walk and after a few runs she was beginning to get a good stop. More work needed, but we'll get there.
Beginner Agility 2 - I decided to run this for competition but would stop and correct her if she didn't get her contacts. She did a beautiful run, including 2 x lovely sets of 6 weaves, and we were placed 6th in the class.
Beginner Steeplechase - The course was quite challenging and Ruby ran beautifully but we had 5 Faults as she got quite far ahead of me and I couldn't get where I needed to! I set a goal to achieve a tricky runnel entrance and she did that really well, so overall very happy with her.
Beginner Jumping - Our last run and Ruby decided that she didn't want to get her weave entries! There were 2 x sets of 6 weaves and she missed the entrance on both attempts. Very happy with her drive for the rest of the run, and she's improving all of the time
We held a raffle to raise money for Canine Epilepsy - three agility friends lost their dogs just before Christmas to this awful disease and Sam decided to hold a fund raiser for them. Everyone had been very generous donating fab prizes and and I was extremely lucky to win a 10 week course at Paws at Play - Michelle has suggested that I do a couple of private lessons instead which I'm really looking forward to. I also won a hamper of champagne, wine and chocolates and another box of Maltesers! Probably the best outcome of any raffle I've ever taken part in, and we raised £547 for the charity!