Ribble was a nice show - I had a lovely uneventful journey there which after the week before was a relief! Even though I might try the "up north" mad trip in a day after it actually went ok the previous week but I already had a dog friendly BnB booked with deposit paid so went up the afternoon before.
Roger only had a couple of runs and as most of our dogs were not competing he stayed home as it is not a very nice venue for the non-competing dogs - no proper exercise area as such as the fields they can use are usually under water.
The pairs......mmmm well the least said about that the better! It was a dippy judge who really has not competed much for a while and it was supposed to be 1-7 and it was more like 7..! There were nearly 200 pairs entered and there were I think only 3 double clears and someone I know came 17th with 15 faults....
Josie and JaiJai were entered together as it was Josies first show back after her spay - she seemed fine but did not seem jump fit knocking a few poles down so it will be good for her and Roger to get back to training. Sue kindly volunteered to run JaiJai and I set off first with Josie who got an E and then we eventually got back to the box....well could I catch the darn merle NO! It seemed like ages and JaiJai is the kind of dog to get in a tizz and he did set off with Sue but only did two jumps and then came back to me! I forgot Josie has to go second as she does not do a changeover well...
Fleet was with Tatts and we were going ok and then I was dippy and got Fleet a 5r and then I was pleased he did the 7 weaves to nowhere and relaxed slightly so he popped an extra jump!
The only other run that Josie and JaiJai had was combined 1-4 Jumping - Josie flew round lovely and just had 2 poles down. JaiJai was going great guns but at the tricky bit right near the end I could not stop him going straight on out of the pipe tunnel.
Fleets Grade 5 Agility was an interesting course and the start really needed a good recall, Fleet and I have worked on recalls all through the Autumn and Winter and he did a lovely wait and then lovely holds on the contacts and came 6th.
The Grade 5 Jumping really was a bizarre course and it did not appeal to me at all and so not surprisingly Fleet and I went wrong. Really pleased that Matt and Buddy came 3rd in this course. Buddy is a handsome blue/tri smooth collie with one ear up and one ear down.
I really enjoyed watching Iain Frasers Chum course (sorry not Chum anymore KC Olympia Grade 6/7!). It was an interesting course which looked to have been really well thought out. Forum Fiona did a course plan and I think it looked pretty spot on.
I really missed Cadbury and Kaiser pup and the other dogs as that was the first night I had been away from Kaiser since he came home.
Sue White does not have her own Blog (nag nag come on Sue everyone has one these days!) but today she got her new pup Bear so I thought I would post a couple of photos of Bear to welcome him to her household and to the mad world of Agility!
I really must try and get some video done for the Blog - some of Kaiser playing and looking cute and also I have been spurred on to try and do the 2 jumps exercises with Cadbury as demonstrated by Bernadette and Lisa - I worry I may fall over tho!
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