The DOCNA Championships started yesterday with "warm up" Standard and Jumpers runs. Kaylie took a wrong jump in her Standard run, but had a fantastic Jumpers run, and got 2nd Place. Yay! Today was the start of the actual Championships. We had Traditional Gamblers, Snakes 'N Ladders, and then the first round of Jumpers and Standard runs. Finals will be on Sunday, and to make it to Finals, our scores from Friday and Saturday will be added together, and the top 25% of each class will go on to compete in the Finals on Sunday. Well, we had great runs in everything. Unfortunately, Kaylie knocked a bar in her Jumpers run (it's been FOREVER since she's knocked a bar -- why did she have to do it at the Championships??) Her Standard run and Snakes 'N Ladders run were very nice, but there were just too many faster dogs -- those darn Border Collies!!! We actually ended up in 8th Place in both Jumpers and Standard, and I think 9th Place in Snakes 'N Ladders. It's not very often that we finish out of the ribbons, but the competition here is tough, so we're about in the middle of the pack. Now for the real kicker -- our Traditional Gamblers run. Traditional Gamblers is definitely NOT our forte. We've only Q'd in Traditional Gamblers 3 other times. But Kaylie did it -- she did the gamble, and did it very well. I was shocked. And to top it off, we got 3rd Place. Wooo hooo!
We're not out of the Finals quite yet. We still have tomorrow. It'll probably take some mistakes to be made by those top teams, and then us having super fantastic runs, but anything is possible!