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Old 04-10-2010, 05:10 PM   #1
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Wink Double/Double Rally Entry!

1st day of a Double entry, Novice B class for Parker and Advanced A for Ash--going for title runs tomorrow. It was an interesting run up to the show with several people we thought would be there not being able to. The judge was... interesting to say the least. Inconsistent I would say would be the best word, she could not recall her reasons for marking things off and some of the scoring seemed odd with some poor runs scoring high and smoother scoring lower than I expected, and the running order was a little jumbled when she decided to do things different then her stewards had planned for. Ash was up first with his Advanced run, the fact that the judge was in a motorized scooter didn't phase him, he just chugged along like nothing was new. We had a great start followed by a moment of him messing around for the Sit/about left/sit--lost a fair two points because he was indecisive despite my clear signals. He got ahead of me on the 360 left and I had no choice but to redo as half of him had passed the sign on me. Oddly enough, the judge marked the Serpertine for 3 off... which we had done well *head scritch* There was nothing marked off for the 360. Oh well, the score would have been the same anyway. His jump was good, and his turns tight, the 90 pivot right was gorgeous, and his Sit/side step right/Sit was pristine! In the end it was a 95 which earned us second behind a Sheltie's 98. The tough part was the award ceremony where the judge asking us all if we trained Obedience, I honestly said no and the expression on her face was insulting. I had heard that some judges don't like Rally (or Doodling, as she called it). Clearly she wants everyone to compete in Obedience and not bother with Rally, perhaps that explains the inconsistent scoring.

Parker was just fine outside of the ring, nice and focused, up and at 'em... we stepped in, moved past the first sit and he became far more interested in the mat and the scooter than me. I just plain lost him and couldn't quite get him back. For the moving sidestep right he actually walked over the sign which has NEVER happened before! Our end score was an 88, frankly I thought that a little generous of a score for my ahem 'REAL Collie' as the judge called him. Parker has been MUCH better before this, there was something about the mat that just stole him. It was a good exercise for me in carrying on without getting frustrated, I made the best of it, which was a 4th place run. So, he has two white ribbons now. When I was out there with Parker at the awards the judge went on to ask about Obedience, she immediately dismissed me with a "We already know about you..." Oh well, I had a good time despite that--got a good leg on each boy, so I am satisfied. The other class members I was with did a sweeping job in the Novice A class--Cooper nailed 1st with a 98, Brody got a 91 for a 2nd place, and Griff took 3rd with a 85 (must be something with the Collies because both of them got wicked distracted).

Here's hoping that Sunday's judge is a little better organized and more consistent in scoring.

Ash and his Second place ribbon--Red/Green is a good combo for him!

Parker and his Forth place ribbon, Green/White isn't bad for a salvaged run!

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Congrats!! Interesting udge. Have you complained to any of the club members? The advantage of doing that is the club won't invite that udge back. I bet she wrote down the 3 points next to the serp on her paper instead of the 360. That's a common mistake we see.

I'm at an agility trial this weekend. Aslan has three firsts, one QQ, and qualified for 2011 Nationals today. Asher has a 2nd place Q in Open and some awesome NQs that I'm thrilled about. It's all fun.

Let us know how you do tomorrow.
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Congrats!! Interesting udge. Have you complained to any of the club members? The advantage of doing that is the club won't invite that udge back.
I haven't yet, but I want to see how tomorrow goes. The trial is under a different state's kennel club, and sadly this particular judge has a reputation that had several of the Obedience/Rally entrants to switch shows when they discovered she would be there. I saw clear shades of why. Honestly, I think we weathered it well, but I wonder if part of Parker's performance may have been my internal gut reaction to her unspoken remark of Ashenpaw at Parker's start line. It's unfortunate, considering how well Ash did. I got the feeling that since I didn't train official obedience she didn't take me seriously... never mind that I assist in teaching rally where I work (no I did not tell her that). When I asked about my score sheets she insisted that I should work my 'circles' tighter... looking back at my photos Parker's 360 Left was dang near stationary, like it typically is. It was stuff prior too that that he wasn't with me (like running over the Moving side step right sign). No clue who she thought she was talking about. Oh well, some judges are just... umm... interesting. We'll see what tomorrow's different judge brings! I watched her judging obedience in the other ring and she seemed good.

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I bet she wrote down the 3 points next to the serp on her paper instead of the 360. That's a common mistake we see.
The interesting thing here is that the Serp was station 5, and the 360 was station 8 on a vertical sheet. And when I asked about Parker's sheet she couldn't recall what the points were for... same for the rest of my classmember's sheets. We ask so we can improve our next runs, learn from our mishandlings. This was a small show--2 Excellent A dogs, 4 Advanced A's, 3 Advanced B's, 4 Novice A's, and 4 Novice B's. It seemed odd to me for her not to recall. All of my other judges (at much larger shows) loved to go over the details with me. She seemed annoyed.

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I'm at an agility trial this weekend. Aslan has three firsts, one QQ, and qualified for 2011 Nationals today. Asher has a 2nd place Q in Open and some awesome NQs that I'm thrilled about. It's all fun.

Let us know how you do tomorrow.
Congrats to you too! Hope things keep up for you, and I've got hopes that tomorrow will be a good one for us too up here! I decided to drive back home for the night and am glad I did, it wasn't a long drive (hour and a half) and my own bed will feel better. Tomorrow we go for it again... like I told the other classmembers--"Aim for the green, let the other color ribbon come if it will. Goal number one is a qualifying run. Too much pressure and it isn't fun!" GO GREEN!
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Heh! The whole story gets more interesting... I JUST took a close look at the ribbons and noticed something... ummm... odd! Let's see who else sees the problem.

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I caught it, but I'll let others try.
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The Greens are qualifying score?
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Yup Techie, Greens are Qualifying Scores.

Double entry--Day 2, Novice B class for Parker and Advanced A for Ash. We got there in plenty of time to relax and chill for a bit. The course had an interesting entry starting with a Spiral Dog Inside, and they had some tricky placements with a few angles including the 3-step exercise angling to the finish. I took a deep breath, and entered with Ash. My boy grinned at me--it was game on! We went out there and he could not have been more on than he was! The spiral was tight, his right and 270 right were perfect-nothing rushed or harried. Then we hit the Halt/Stand/Walk around. He stood, but he backed up awkwardly and slid a bit behind me. It threw me off for a moment, but he stayed and I walked around and came to his side (later I would learn THIS was where I lost my point--I came to his mid-back, NOT his withers. Oops!) We went on through the left turn, the fast pace back to normal. He had a little too much energy here and nearly blew into the 90 pivot left. I collected him in time and we soared threw the jump and into the 270, through the halt/side step right/halt at last coming into the 3 step combo where he stayed right in line. End score 99 taking First place for his Advanced Title!

After a long pause came Parker's Novice run, we had to wait while they tracked down some cones for the Serpentine. Today he wasn't so rough around the edges. He came in and sat gorgeously. The connection was there! We went right into the spiral which he did tight and flawless! His turn was beautiful right into the Sit/Walk around dog (which the judge had politely explained to the whole group about where we come back to Heel properly... hee hee.. I will NEVER make that mistake again!) After insuring I didn't short us that placement, we sailed on through the fast pace to the normal and around the corner into the Serpentine where Parker only flagged for a moment, a quick tap to my leg brought him back and it was around the corner to a call to front finish right and right on through the 3 step sit. End score: (earlier before my runs I had told someone I never figured I would get a 100) PERFECT 100! Parker nailed First on his Novice Title run! My boys got the blues and it felt good.
Sunday's judge was MUCH more encouraging and I felt more connected with us. She made the runs pleasant and was very informative! When I asked about Ash's point off she quizzed me on the station... which was when I discovered I had never realized just how precise the heel should be. I am VERY proud of my boys!

My classmates ALSO did well, making a clean sweep once more of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in the Novice A division! Cooper with a 99, Brody with a 98, and Griff with a 95.

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Now Parker moves on to Advanced (with practice!) And Ash into Excellence!
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Yeah!! Pictures of you working!! You need a digital video camera so we can get a youtube video of your boys working. Congrats on the first places and on the perfect score!! It's so exciting to get those, and I predict many, many more in your future.

My weekend wrap up: Asher is in Excellent with the big boys after earning his Open Std. title today with a blue ribbon!! Aslan earned two QQs this weekend, five blue ribbons, 162 MACH pts and qualification to the 2011 AKC Agility National Championships. And I actually handled one of Aslan's runs very well. It was a good weekend for us.
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Yeah!! Pictures of you working!! You need a digital video camera so we can get a youtube video of your boys working. ...
I have two digital camera capable of video--one cannot take pictures in low light (aka inside!) and the other cannot transfer to the computer. We're working on saving up for a real nice one! I DO have more photos of me running on both days... here, I'll pop them up.










He ALMOST didn't take the jump on me. I had reeled him in too much on day 1.






This was day 1, Parker's poorer run. He just wasn't with me, and I just couldn't get him to focus.


Ignore the knocked over sign... heh heh...

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Day 2--



Ash at start line. You saw the other one... the camera mal-functioned for Parker's perfect run.






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Now I have to find room on the walls for the boxes!

Congrats on YOUR great weekend Agility! Looks like it was a good one to show... and yes, there will be many more RALLY's for me. Regardless of what the first judge said, I take a lot of pride and pleasure in the companionship of my boys in their performance of Rally.
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