Monday, August 11, 2008


Day 2


Standard 2- placed 3RD! Gyppie was fast, and was listening great. It was a tight course and very technical- lots of dogs crashed and burned on that one!
Gamblers 1- no gamble = no placement. She tried hard, but it was a lot for her and she lost her confidence when Sarah tried to redirect. It was the only run of the weekend she didn't run clean. 
Steeplechase Semi-Finals- ran clean, but missed the weave entry the first time and in such a competitive class those few seconds cost her a spot in the finals. It was a beautiful run though!


Standard 2- placed 7TH. He was going as fast as a flatcoat can and just gave it. He and Sarah worked great together as a team and the results were surprising!
Gamblers 1- no gamble = no placement but he was the closest of the three to get it! He had a great opening, but the goofy flatcoat in him made it a little difficult (he thought he'd take a shortcut and go right to the tire)


Standard 2- placed 1ST. The MOST amazing run. Ever. We ran it in an amazing time (35 seconds) and we were probably in the top 20 overall with that time. It was a great run. 
Gamblers 1- no gamble, but still placed 5th with her points. It was not an easy gamble and no one in her class got it. 
Steeplechase Semi-Finals- it was an awesome run but we knocked a bar. It was fast though but I wasn't sure it would be fast enough to make the cut. 

Day 3

Gamble 2- placed 3rd- Gyppie was smokin and got the gamble with no problem. She had a ton of opening points and had a GREAT run
Jumpers 2- placed 2ND!!!!!! WOW!!!!! It was an amazing run and Sarah ran full out with her. 

Gamble 2- placed 9th-which was unexpected! He had a great run and got his gamble by a hair (err....tail)
Jumpers 2- no placement, but ran CLEAN and fast. It was  bit of a rush to the ring as we weren't paying enough attention and as Kaleb was called he was still at the tent...a good 2 minute walk away :o) Still he managed to run clean...

Gamble 2- amazing opening- 52 POINTS. It was fast, smooth and felt really good. I was confident with the gamble but it wasn't in the cards I guess. Instead of turning for the frame she went out and took an off course jump. And then finished the gamble :o) 
Jumpers 2- apparently I suck. at threadles. really. :o) Wicca was feeling her oats and was a little wild but really most of the blame is mine. We had three, count 'em Three off courses (at 20 faults each) and a bar to boot. Leaving us with 10 points for that round....
Steeplechase Finals- first off it was scary. It was the last event of the weekend and kind of a highlight. There were tons of people, and it was pretty intimidating. Oh, and we were first. 
She ran it fast, but we had two bobbles- one where I didn't support her on a far jump, and a second on the weaves but I was very happy with her as both of those were my fault. We still managed to place 2nd in our division and win 95$. 

Sarah and I both had no idea how we had done in the whole scheme of things. It was an evening full of suspence. 

6" Specials was first. Wicca came in 10th. Last place essentially. Most definitely due to her Jumpers rounds. Regardless I am VERY proud of my little dog. We are just starting to finally mesh as a team and I know that we still have lots to learn. She is a great dog though who gave it her all (most of the time) and I have really enjoyed this experience. There have been lots and lots of fun on this trip and I am very lucky to have such a great dog. 

16" Specials was next. Regardless of how Gyppie placed I knew that Sarah would cry. Gyp is still a baby dog really- and already accomplishing so much. She is a very special dog and had a spectacular weekend. She ran 5 out of 6 clean. Amazing. When Gyp's name was called for 5th place all of the Alberta people hooped and hollard for her. Amazing. 

22" Specials. Sarah had roughly calculated around 420 points for K. So when the 10th place dog had a score of 429 she figured she was out of the placements- which was okay- Kaleb had a great weekend and was consistent for much of it. Imagine her surprise when he won 7th place. She cried. She was crying before she even got up there. Kaleb is one of those dogs who is all heart (and tongue) he is always happy and willing but Sarah has to work hard to keep his focus. They are a very good team and I am very proud of them. 

So that's that. We'll be posting pictures later :o)


oddman said...

WOW indeed! Awesome scores and placements for you both! And such a great experience for you too - congrats to you and all the doggies, you should be very very proud of yourselves.

Andi K

Paws on the Run said...

Wow! That is incredible! I can't wait to see pictures. Any video???? I checked YouTube last night but I guess people haven't had a chance yet!

Kim said...

I was so excited, waiting to hear your results, and now I am even more excited to hear about how well you did. We are all so proud of you!

I can't wait to see the pictures and hear the stories.

Weims R Us said...

wow wow happy and proud of all of you...what great runs everyone had..

Marcy said...

way to go!!!

onecollie said...

congratulations to you both! Totally awesome, you should be proud!!!!!

Dawn said...

Sounds like you are having a wonderful time with some very nice runs. I can just see the smiles on all of your faces!

Jules said...

I am going to cry for you all. :D Congratulations!

Lori said...

I didn't hear how well you guys did at Nationals...way to go!
And since Mess and I started doing AAC out here in Victoria, I actually know what you are talking about!
Congratulations again and I love the in depth recap Amanda....I had a few tears myself!!
Lori and Messina