Saturday, 30 May 2015

First Rally Comp and Spark goes Grade 4!!

So our busy Bank holiday weekend started with a trip to Cippenham KC show. Dolly was such a good girly and got 4th in the C1-3 agility (with weave faults on a really hard course!) and she also came 5th in the C1-3 jumping in a big class of 52 dogs so I was very proud of her! This is her on the jumping course-almost had a detour past the tunnel :-)

Sparkler had her first ever clear round at a KC show and came 3rd in a C1-7 helter skelter which was a lovely flowing course-she still is backing off the jumps more than she does in training but that will come with experience.

On Monday I took Brodie, Brooke and Sparkle to their very first Rally competition. Nervous was an understatement!! I was terrified! Had no idea what I was doing but everyone was so helpful and friendly. It was really well organised and fairly similar to champ agility in that you walk the course and then run in order. The dogs really enjoyed their day out, particularly Brooke as it was fun for her to be working again. It was a great experience for Spark as a young dog to work without the adrenaline of agility!

Well the dogs did very well for their first time! I didn't really understand the scoring system but apparently all five rounds were deemed 'excellent'! Brodie got a 6th in Level 1 and a 4th in Level 2. Brooke came 2nd in Level 1 (with a score of 205!) and got 199 at Level 2 so another qualifying score. Miss Sparkle only did Level 1 but managed a very respectable excellent score of 197! The classes were so big that they were split into 3 parts with 35/36 in each part so really pleased for a first time!

Little Brax has snuck into the sheltie photo to show off her rosette from UKA. While we were doing Rally, Brax and Matt were busy at agility coming 2nd overall in the Masters and qualifying for the Grand Finals! Not bad for a tiny ten year old fuzz ball!! So proud of them both :-)

Sorry epic blog continues! I then went to JDA agility show with Sparkle and Toad mid week as some of my clients were competing and it was a bit of a J9 club outing. Well what can I say?! Totally speechless with how well everyone did! First up was C3-5 agility which was a tricky course with a tricky entry and exit to the dog walk. I handled it the 'safe' way as didn't want Spark (who is long striding) to fall off trying to get on the dog walk. I had also decided that if she ran her dog walk nicely and happened to go over the finish jump I would just reward her. Well she didn't see the finish jump so I called her back towards me (haven't taught turns off dw yet!) and finished the course. What with the long route onto and detour off the dw and the held seesaw I thought we would be safe in a combined agility but nope...she won it! Grade 4 was not the plan just yet!! She was a little superstar though and went on to win her helter skelter and C3-5 jumping. The only one filmed was the jumping :-) I had given myself a kick up the bum and decided to run her like I do in training hence the blinds and the ketchker turn!

Just as exciting as Sparkle getting her first wins was my clients doing so well! Jenni and Rommy got their last G6 win to reach G7 and champ level and Willow beagle won her second G4 agility confirming that she is ready for G5! So proud of them all :-D Special mention for my little Toad did a stonking run in the agility and the jumping but after a sat nav failure in the agility he is on the lookout for a better handler!! Love him! 

Oh and I saw two of the Grandpups at JDA-what stunning little boys they are! Here are Mav and Squidge

Friday, 22 May 2015

Workshop week

I have had a bit of a manic week this week! For some reason I had booked workshops on Tuesday with Laura Chudleigh and Thursday with Dan. As it turns out Brodie worked in the Tuesday one and Spark (who had the all clear from the physio on Wed) worked in the Thursday one. My little boy did me proud and worked nicely despite me panicking a bit about him not doing all the euro turns. Like all workshops there was definitely things to take away and practice from it-one being that I needed to cue my pivots more with a bit of off arm as I am lazy and know that Toad turns tight anyway! Here is a video of his workshop

Miss Sparkle had a great time yesterday and got to put weaves in a course which she hasn't done on a workshop before. It was so obvious that she felt better as she didn't take any poles and got her weaves every time bar once when I said something silly! I asked a friend to film her last run where we put all the elements of the course together and she got it right. Being picky she was a bit wide on the left turn on the third jump but I should have hung back and nagged more!

We are still not seeing a vast improvement in Brooke bean, she is being a good patient (most of the time!) but is lame particularly after exercise. It must be so frustrating for Matthew-not sure I'd cope as well as him as it is frustrating enough looking after her on a daily basis and not letting her do the one thing she loves most which is running :-( Generally a bit fed up at the moment. We both seem to have encountered more than our fair share of rudeness and 'yes...but' people this week. Hopefully some changes are in the pipeline...

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Catch up...naughty blogger!

The pups had a get together in my field last week! They are such scrummy handsome boys :-) Here they are with Zoe's sheltie Merlin. From left to right Squidge, Maverick and Blaze. The two tri's are a very similar size but Squidge is still smaller and lighter-he gives as good as he gets though! 

Blaze, Brooke and Squidge posing at Tunbridge Wells show. We kept being asked if Brooke was a puppy!

The boys playing with Auntie Sparkles favourite toy!!

Blaze and Sparkle also came with us to vote last week! Spark has an ear out on the door as Matthew was inside voting :-)

 We have done a couple of agility shows over the past couple of weekends. Brodie and Brax had a great time running at the Kent FAB show. Both of them won their senior jumping class which qualifies them for the finals in August! Brax also won the IFCS jumping and agility qualifier! Brodie had 5 faults on the Aframe (I think he got it...partly as he has only missed one in 6 years of competing when he was in G1 and partly as I actually looked back at him which I don't always do) He technically won as all the other dogs in his height were eliminated!

I took Brodie, Sparkle and Brooke with me to Hatton on Saturday. Brodie only ran one class (C5-7 jumping) which he came 4th in. It had some great quirky jumps in it which made a nice change. It had a water jump, gate and brush fence! Sparkle did her first agility properly in the ring, it was a lovely course and she got her dw, weaves and aframe but then flew off her seesaw at the end (which she promptly put herself back on!) In the jumping she coped with all the strange jumps well and only had faults in the weaves and in the steeplechase just had a couple of poles. 

Best thing about Hatton was there was 'have a go' Rally right next to the agility. I did rounds with all three and got feedback about what to improve on. Also it was Sparkles first go and she did well, especially with the agility going on in the next ring! All three have their first competition in just over a week-eek!!

On Sunday Matt and I took all the doglets to Tunbridge Wells show. Brodie did Olympia qualifier (5f on seesaw) and Crufts teams. We were eliminated in teams which was gutting as we still finished 3rd and were 28 seconds faster than the winners. Feel so bad letting my team mates down :-( 

Brax was in her first champ of the year and got through to the final bless her! She ran well but got eliminated at the end having already done a naughty dog walk! She was loving it though-going great guns for a veteran. 

Spark did one jumping run and could not weave. The more I thought about it the more I wondered whether she had done something flying off the seesaw the day before. Luckily my wonderful physio fitted her in and I feel terrible as her neck was in spasm. Luckily her back was ok but she was all locked up through her neck and shoulder. Fixed now but a week off work and heat packs and stretches. And I thought she was being cheeky in her weaves...

Love this pic of the older two! They are the healthy, fit ones at the moment!!