Another AKC agility trial weekend has come to an end, and Kaylie and I are still at 6 Double Q's. Saturday we started off with Jumpers. It was a really nice course, until we got to the double jump into the weaves. I just didn't handle it right, she jumped too big and missed the weave entrance. The rest of the run went perfect. Our Standard run was perfect, hitting all the contacts, weave pole entrance, and kept all the bars up. YAY!!! We ended up finishing 18 seconds under course time! I think that's one of our fastest Standard runs ever. Sunday we had our Standard run first. After Saturday's Standard run, I was feeling very confident about our contacts. We were going along just perfect, we hit the dog walk contact no problem, hit the weave pole entrance with no problems, hit the teeter contact with no problem, then the second to last obstacle was the A-Frame. After that I knew we were home free! We hit the A-frame contact (or so I thought), jumped the last jump, and I was psyched. Our first run of the day and we were on the road to a Double Q. But then a friend walked over to me all bummed and said the judge called our A-frame contact as a fault! WHAT????? I know she hit it -- I was right there. But I guess the judge didn't see it that way. This is the first time I've ever felt a judge made a bad call on my run. I actually felt tears start welling up, I was so sure Kaylie hit that contact. Hopefully somewhere down the road when Kaylie really flies off the A-frame or dog walk, the judge won't call it! I actually half considered just going home and scratching from our Jumpers run. The Double Q was out of the picture, and I just wanted a big bowl of Birthday Cake Remix from Coldstone. But then the competitive side of me took back over and made me want to do that Jumpers run. It was a pretty tricky course -- lots of possibilities for off courses. But we ran clean and got a Q -- 13 seconds under time. Wooo hooo! We did have a great weekend, great runs, and lots of fun. Next agility trial is the Fiesta Cluster at the end of February. Kaylie and I will be spending the next month working on perfecting our Utility exercises, and working on Open with Conor.
2 years ago