Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Thursday, February 17, 2011
I showed both Kaylie and Conor in the afternoon show in conformation. Conor placed 2nd in his class, but didn't get anything after that, and Kaylie was pulled out for consideration for Best of Breed. But nothing more came of that. Sunday morning I showed them both again in conformation. I almost didn't make the show, because Brandon had a bike race. The race was supposed to start at 7:15, which would give me plenty of time to get to the show. Well, the race didn't start on time. It was finally 8:15, and still the race hadn't started. I debated waiting for the race to start, or leave and go to the show. I decided to go to the show, because there was some talk that the race might even be cancelled. I would have kicked myself if I had missed a race AND a dog show! And boy and I glad I got to the show! Conor ended up going Winners Dog, for 2 more points, and Kaylie went Best of Breed. Conor also got Best of Opposite Sex! Wooo hooo!! Just 10 more little points to go. :)
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
This past weekend we had a DOCNA agility trial. Kaylie had a fabulous weekend, qualifying in 9 out of 11 runs. And Conor had fun making up his own courses. Little goof man. Hopefully next trial he'll do a little better, and get qualified for the Championships.
Here are the results from the trial:
Jumper 1 - Q/1st Place
Jumper 2 - NQ
Jumper 3 - NQ
Snakes N' Ladders - NQ
Standard 1 - NQ
Standard 2 - NQ
Standard 3 - Q/1st Place
Strategic Time Gamble - Q/3rd Place
North America Challenge - NQ
Traditional Gambler - NQ
Trigility - Q/2nd Place
Jumper 1 - Q/3rd Place
Jumper 2 - Q/4th Place
Jumper 3 - Q/ 2nd Place
Snakes N' Ladders - Q/3rd Place
Standard 1 - NQ
Standard 2 - Q/3rd Place
Standard 3 - Q/3rd Place
Strategic Time Gamble - Q/1st Place
North America Challenge - Q/1st Place
Traditional Gambler - NQ
Trigility - Q/3rd Place
Kaylie needs just 6 more Standard runs and 2 Gamble runs to finish her Gold MEX, and Conor just needs 8 Standard runs for his first MEX. So check back to see our progress!
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
My New Year's Resolution for 2011 is to try to keep this updated weekly. It should be an exciting year too, as Kaylie is so close to getting her MACH and her Gold Merit of Excellence, and we're shooting for Conor's first Merit of Excellence. If all goes well, both dogs should finish their respective Merit of Excellence titles on the same weekend. :)
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
|Kaylie with her ribbons.|
On Sunday I had the Conformation Finals and an agility pretrial. Off hand I can't remember exactly what we did in agility, but I don't think Conor got any Q's, and Kaylie may have Q'd in a couple of runs. The Conformation Finals was really where my focus was anyway. The top 30 dogs in the country were invited to compete in the Finals. So all 30 of us went into the ring. After that, we all got judge individually by three different judges. After all that, we all got called back into the ring, and they announced the top 10. I soooooo wanted to hear my number announced. The second I heard #286, I just burst into tears. Mind you, I was on the verge of tears the first time we had to run around the ring. I so wanted to make the top 10. It was a dream come true to make the top 10. Later that afternoon we had to go back into the ring to find out exactly where we got placed. We ended up finishing at #9. Pretty darn exciting.
Monday was my super crazy day. Got to the show site at 6:45 a.m. and left the show site at 9:30 p.m. LONG day! For agility, we just had two rounds of Gamblers with both dogs. Both runs were a bust. Then we had Rally. Both dogs did fantastic - Kaylie got a 198 to finish her Novice Rally X title, and Conor got a 197 for his Novice Rally X title. I then showed Kaylie in Utility. She's such a good little worker and really enjoys doing the Utility exercises. But the darned go-outs got us again. Drats. I showed Conor in Open, and man oh man, he was awesome!! His drop on recall does need some work though, as he finally dropped practically right in front of me. Then his actual "front" was at my left side. He got 7 points deducted for that. And then his front on the broad jump was a little crooked. He ended up with a 190, and we got 3rd place. Then we did Brace obedience. This is when the two dogs are connected at the collar, and they have to do the Novice exercises together. They're so adorable when they do this. I had planned to practice more with them, but I just never had the time. So for having had no practice, they did a fine job, getting a 191.5 and 3rd place. I also showed Kaylie in conformation for Best of Breed. I doubted she would get Best of Breed, but I did hope for a Premier award. She showed like a pro, and the judge did like her - so we did end up with a Premier! Wooo hooooo!! I've always wanted a Premier award at a Nationals! We got a cool ribbon and a blanket.
|Conor with his ribbons.|
Friday, October 22, 2010
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Anyway, Kaylie and Conor did fantastic at this trial. It was a great warm up for the Championships, which will be in a couple of weeks. Here are the results from the trial:
Snakes N Ladders Q 3rd Place
Standard 1 NQ (missed dog walk contact)
Strategic Time Gambler Q 1st Place
Traditional Gambler NQ
Standard 2 Q 2nd Place
Standard 3 Q 2nd Place
Strategic Time Gambler Q 4th Place
Trigility Q 2nd Place
Jumpers Q 1st Place
Snakes N Ladders Q 1st Place
Standard 1 NQ
Strategic Time Gamble NQ
Traditional Gamble NQ
Standard 2 Q 1st Place
Strategic Time Gamble Q 2nd Place
Trigility Q 1st Place
Friday, August 20, 2010
Kaylie had an almost perfect weekend by qualifying in 5 of her 6 runs. We've never had an AKC weekend that good! She just dropped a bar in her last Jumpers run of the weekend. It was still very exciting to get two Double Q's in one weekend. That puts us at 12 Double Q's and 677 points. The light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter!
Conor had a fantastic weekend too. Although he Q'd in just 3 of his 6 runs, the runs he did Q in, he placed 1st. He now has two Excellent Jumpers legs and one Excellent Standard leg. The three runs he didn't Q in he just made a small mistake in each one. There was no running around like a dog on crack. It was two years ago that he made his AKC debut at this particular show. I'll never forget that feeling of pure craziness in the agility ring. Boy has he come a long way!
We're heading to Pinetop over Labor Day weekend for a DOCNA agility trial. Can't wait!
Friday, June 18, 2010
Thursday, June 3, 2010
On a happier note, Kaylie went up to Prescott this same weekend with her breeder for a conformation show. She is currently ranked #22 in the country in conformation. Never, ever in my wildest dreams did I ever think she would be nationally ranked in conformation. Earlier this year I decided to show her a few times just for fun. She just isn't ready to show in Utility, so I figured I'd show her in conformation. Then she started winning! Wow! So to solidify her standings in the Top 30, her breeder said she would show her in Prescott. I could make it up on Sunday to show her and then bring her back home. Well, on Saturday, she got Best of Breed! It was a pretty large entry, so she'll get plenty of points for that win. And then the two shows that I showed her in, she won Best Opposite Sex in both!! What a thrill! So, I'm keeping my fingers crossed that these wins will keep Kaylie in the Top 30, and she'll be invited to the Conformation Finals at the ASCA Nationals this year. What a thrill that will be. Last year I was waiting on pins and needles to see if Conor qualified for the Obedience Finals, and now this year it's Kaylie in conformation. July 1 can't come soon enough!!
Monday, May 10, 2010
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Although the clouds looked really scary, we actually only got a few little sprinkles and a few little snow flakes.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
I won't go into all the details of all the shows, but here's a brief summary since the Fiesta Cluster:
ASCA Cactus Cluster -- Kaylie took Best of Breed at two of the three shows I showed her at. I really should show her more often in conformation. She loves it and she just shines.
ASCA Agility Trial -- this was our Aussie club's first trial ever. Kaylie did fantastic, qualifying in most of her runs, placing 1st in all of her runs. Conor did pretty well too, but didn't always qualify.
DOCNA Agility Trial -- Kaylie earned her Silver Merit of Excellence title at the April DOCNA trial in Payson. She just needed one Gambler leg to earn the title, and she did it with a whirlwind of a Strategic Timed Gamble run. I couldn't remember the course I had planned out, as the map we got wasn't quite how the course actually looked. I had to run Conor first, and I completely messed up his run. Kaylie's run was just as insane, but the important thing is is that we qualified, got 2nd place, and earned our Silver MEX. Yay Kaylie!!
I think that about sums it all up. This weekend we'll be in Chino for an ASCA agility trial. I promise to post how we do. :)
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Saturday, February 20, 2010
The following weekend the Wonderdogs and I headed south to Las Cruces, New Mexico for an ASCA agility trial. What a great little trial! The people down there were so incredibly nice and very welcoming. Kaylie and Conor had some incredible runs. We qualified in almost every run we did, placing either 1st or 2nd. Kaylie finished all of her Elite titles and Conor finished his Elite Jumpers title and his Open Regular and Open Gamblers titles! I accomplished every goal I had set for this trial - something that usually doesn't happen. So now Kaylie has met the very minimum qualifications to qualify for the Agility Finals at Nationals. Now we just have to start racking up more Q's to get ranked. I had planned to go to quite a few more out-of-state trials, but I found out I'm losing my job. My bosses decided they needed someone 5 days a week instead of the 4 I'm currently doing. Since I have entered shows on quite a few Mondays, I couldn't start right away. They said they needed someone NOW, so alas, they're letting me go, after almost 14 years. So much for loyalty! So, although I probably won't have the extra money to go to out-of-state trials, I will have more time to train. Will be focusing on obedience - Open for Conor and Utility for Kaylie. No more excuses! Just gotta get out there and do it.
Monday, January 18, 2010
Monday, January 11, 2010
Anyway, here's how the Wonder Doggies did this weekend:
Specialist Standard Run 1: NQ
Specialist Standard Run 2: Q - 3rd Place
Specialist Standard Run 3: Q - 2nd Place
Specialist Jumpers Run 1: Q - 4th Place
Specialist Jumpers Run 2: Q - 1st Place
Specialist Snakes & Ladders: Q - 4th Place
Specialist Trigility: Q - 1st Place (with Kaylie doing the Gamble portion)
Specialist Traditional Gamble: NQ
Specialist Strategic Timed
Gamblers: Q - 2nd Place
Specialist North America
Challenge Q - 1st Place
Intern Standard Run 1: NQ
Intern Standard Run 2: NQ
Intern Standard Run 3: NQ
Intern Jumpers Run 1: Q - 1st Place
Intern Jumpers Run 2: Q - 1st Place
Specialist Traditional Gamble: NQ
Specialist Strategic Timed
Gamblers: Q - 3rd Place
Intern Snakes & Ladders: NQ
Specialist Trigility: NQ
Intern North America
Challenge : NQ
Sunday, January 3, 2010
Monday, December 21, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
On Sunday Kaylie and I started with the Standard run. It was another very fun course with several chances for off courses. This particular judge had the greatest courses that were fun and flowy, but yet still very challenging. A lot of AKC courses tend to have lots of sharp turns and don't flow very well, but the courses this weekend were awesome. Anyway, we got through the Standard run clean - yay!! Now to the Jumpers run. Again, very flowy but several challenges - we ran clean once again for Double Q #9! AWESOME!!
Conor also did great this weekend. He's now in Open for both Standard and Jumpers. On Saturday, he got his first Open Standard Q with a 1st place and his first Open Jumpers Q with a 2nd place. What a good little doggie! He's so much fun to run - definitely keeps me on my toes. His runs on Sunday were okay, but no Q's. He's so stinkin' fast that I was behind him most of the time - he went off course on both runs. Oh well. Next time! Our next AKC trial will be at Wags for Wishes starting New Years Eve.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Sunday we started off with the Standard run. I kept focused with each obstacle and she followed perfectly. Wooo hooo - another clean run!! Then came our Jumpers run. It wasn't a particularly difficult course, but there were several places where you had to be very careful not to send the dog to the wrong jump. It was a course where one could easily get lost. We made it through though with no problems, and voila! Our second Double Q for the weekend. That brings our total to 8 now. Just 12 more to go. But I'm not counting. :)
Conor did just as well this weekend too. He finished his Novice Standard title on Saturday, with a 2nd place. His Jumpers run Saturday was fantastic, but there was a "trap" jump set up in the corner of the course - Conor figured if it's out there it must be taken! Oh well. Even with taking that extra jump he was still way under the time of the dog that got 1st place. I moved him up to Open Standard for Sunday, but that didn't go all that well. Not that it was a mess, but he took the wrong end of the tunnel at the beginning of the run, then he knocked a bar and he popped out of the weave poles. His Jumpers run Sunday was insanely crazy. He ran it in 19 seconds - I was far behind him just trying to guide him as best I could. He knew what he was supposed to do though and qualified, finishing his Novice Jumpers title, with a 1st place. Wooo hooo!!
Next weekend we'll be in Tucson for another AKC agility trial. Looking forward to getting out of town for a couple of days for more agility!
Monday, October 12, 2009
Here are Kaylie's and Conor's Strategic Timed Gamblers runs from the Championships.
These are Kaylie's and Conors Finals Jumpers Runs. Kaylie is at the Specialist level and Conor is at the Intern level. Kaylie finished 3rd in Finals and Conor finished 2nd.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Thursday - Warm Up Trial
Kaylie - 1st Place in Standard
Conor - 1st Place in Jumpers
Conor definitely lived up to his "dog on crack" title in his Standard run. It was probably one of our worst runs ever!!! He was just nuts. And Kaylie took a wrong jump on her Jumpers run, but otherwise it was a very nice run.
Friday - Day 1 of the Championships
Standard: I think she placed 9th
Jumpers: 6th Place
Traditional Gamblers: Can't remember where she placed, but she did get the gamble - YAY!
Snakes & Ladders: Can't remember where she placed.
Standard: 4th Place
Jumpers: 1st Place
Traditional Gamblers: Can't remember where he placed.
Snakes & Ladders: Can't remember where he placed.
Saturday - Day 2 of the Championships
Standard: 7th Place
Jumpers: 6th Place
Trigility: Not sure where we placed. Kaylie had to do the gamble portion, and she did get it!
North American Challenge: I think she placed 7th.
Standard: 3rd Place
Jumpers: 2nd Place
Trigility: 2nd Place
North American Challenge: 1st Place - Western Region
Saturday they announced who made it to the Finals for Standard and Jumpers. I knew it was going to be close with Kaylie in Jumpers, as she placed 6th in both of her runs, but the dogs that finished ahead of her were not the same both days. The way they figure out who will make Finals is they take your times for both days, add them together and then they take the top 25% of each class. There were 20 dogs in Kaylie's class, so 5 got to go to Finals. Since the top 5 in her class were inconsistent (meaning the top 5 from Friday were different from the top 5 from Saturday), and Kaylie stayed consistent right at #6, she was able to squeak in and was actually in 4th place. YAY!! She didn't make it into the Finals for Standard though. Conor made it to Finals for Jumpers, but also did not make it for Standard. He had a small mistake on Friday's run (he didn't jump through the tire jump - he ran under it). Oh well - I was VERY excited to have them both in the Jumpers Finals. Jumpers is my favorite class anyway.
I was also very, very excited that Conor placed 1st in the North American Challenge. In this class, there is a Regional winner (West coast and East coast), and then they combine all the results from the West coast and the East coast to come up with National winners for each class. Since we had finished so late Saturday, and the east coast people had already gone to bed, they couldn't announce the National winners - we had to wait until Sunday. Ugh!!! I so wanted to know how we fared against the East. I didn't think I'd be able to sleep, but I should have known better - the minute my head hit the pillow, I was out. Guess it wasn't on my mind THAT much! LOL!
Sunday - Day 3 of the Championships
Jumpers Finals - 3rd place. If we were going to place, I knew this was going to be the highest we could place, unless the other teams totall messed up. I didn't watch any other runs of the dogs in my class, so I didn't know how other teams did. Apparently though we actually finished 2nd place in this run. They don't give out ribbons for this run, but this time is added to the other two times from Friday & Saturday. It all worked out that we finished 3rd! Pretty darn cool for not even placing in the semi-finals. This happened to us last year too, but last year we were able to squeak through with a 2nd place. I just have to remember to not count myself out - I was so sure we weren't even going to make it - the competition was VERY tough!! Darn Border Collies! :)
Jumpers Finals - 2nd place. I knew I was going to have to run clean to finish in 1st. We were doing fantastic until at one point I turned a second to fast and I pulled him off a jump, and then he went over the next jump before I could call him off. Oh well.
Then they finally announced the National winners for the North American Challenge. I couldn't believe it when I heard Conor's name announced as the 20-inch Competition Intern level winner!!!! I was so incredibly shocked. I knew he ran well, and we couldn't have done any better. And best of all, his entire class was just Border Collies -- that's right -- all Border Collies and he was the lone Aussie. Very, very, very cool!!!! I do have the Wonder Dogs!
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
And here are the photos from the show photographers.
Here is Conor with his Obedience Finals ribbon.
Conor LOVES doing agility!
Friday, October 2, 2009
We start heading home tomorrow morning. :( I'll get home Sunday, get unpacked, laundry done and then repack for the DOCNA Championships that start on Thursday! Wooo hooo!
And, we'll start getting ready for the 2010 Nationals in Waco, Texas - watch out Texas - here we come!
Kaylie - The True Wonder Dog
Well, going into the trial at Prescott, we needed 2 Specialist Gamblers legs and 2 Specialist Standard legs. In DOCNA, there are two types of Gamblers runs -- Traditional and Strategic Timed Gamblers. Unfortunately, we have only earned 3 Traditional Gamblers legs -- one from the Beginner class, one from the Intern class and one from the Specialist class. All the other Gamblers legs have come from the Strategic Time Gamblers. So, I knew going in that the chance of getting that Traditional Gamblers leg on Saturday was slim. We walked into the ring, and I knew Kaylie was on fire and ready to go. The Gamblers class is usually the first class of the trial, and Kaylie is usually absolutely wild in the first run. Well, this was no different. She was incredibly fast, and I was not -- I kept getting in her way, and things just fell apart. At 30 seconds, the buzzer rang, which meant I had to get to the gamble portion of the course. I sent her over the jump to the tunnel -- she took the wrong end of the tunnel, then came right back to me over the wrong jump and that was the end of that. No MEX for us this weekend. BUT, she did qualify in the two Standard runs she needed, getting First place both times, and she got her Strategic Timed Gamblers leg on Sunday, earning a Second place. Wooo hooo Kaylie!!! Out of 10 runs over the weekend, we qualified in 8 of them, placing 1st, 2nd or 3rd in all but one run -- our Jumpers run on Sunday. I got lost on the course and just got confused. Luckily, Kaylie can read the numbers on the cones (that's the only explanation I can come up with) because she ran the right course despite my mess ups! Hence the name "Wonder Dog." So we still Q'd, but got 6th place. Still, not too bad!!
So, our next DOCNA trial will be in Pinetop the end of August. Hopefully we'll get our MEX there! Just one Gambler leg to go.