Monday, November 25, 2013

The Weekend Report: Pennsylvania Here We Come!

It was another weekend on the agility circuit looking for those elusive last points.This trial was held in Reva, Va by the same club as this weekend report from last month. We headed into the weekend needing 27 points to qualify for the AKC Agility National Championship.

Saturday was a sunny, pretty day somewhere in the 50's. Very pleasant weather for a day of agility in a horse barn.

First up was Jumpers (JWW). I checked myself in, watched a few of the big dogs running to see the course flow, and went to take the boys for a walk. Well, I somehow misjudged how much time I had before my walk-through. I am lollygagging around the field when one of my agility friends goes past me on the way to her car. She's like, "Why aren't you up there walking the course?" and I am like, "WHAT?!". I now had to run the dogs down to my car, throw them in unceremoniously, and run UPHILL as fast as I can to catch a moment on the course. I got 2 passes in before the timer blew and we were to clear the course. I made one more fast circuit and had to leave. Fortunately it wasn't too complicated, so watching a few more teams run it was enough to have it memorized.

Jimmy did a good job keeping the bars up and we had our first Q for the weekend and 10 points.

Here's our JWW run:

I did NOT miss my chance at walking the Standard course! LOL! It was a nice flowing course and despite some sloppy handling on my part after the weaves, Jimmy gave me another Q! Woohoo! So not only did we earn another 18 points but this was Double-Q #17 toward our MACH.

And now, if you do the math.....I needed 27 points and we just earned a combined 28! We've got our full 500 points to get us to the Nationals! I am sure I left out a huge shy of relief!

Here's our Standard run:

This trial was offering the optional Time 2 Beat class and we Q'd in this run as well! It gave us just enough points to reach the 100 that title requires. We still need more legs to reach the required 15 but we'll get there someday.  No video of this run but hey, we had a Triple-Q day! Not too shabby!

Saturday night into Sunday a huge cold front blew into the area and the winds stayed all day Sunday. When I got up at 5:30AM to get ready, the thermostat said 23 degrees. That is very unseasonably cold for my area in November! Fortunately it was a full sunny day, so crating from the car was actually quite cozy with the windows closed. I sat in my car whenever I needed to warm up a bit. I also wore long underwear and several other layers! The club hosting the trial had two propane heat blowers in the barn to help break the chill. They were noisy and I was worried Jimmy would be scared. He was a tad put off by the noise at first but within a few minutes he seemed to let it go. Whew, thank goodness, as we don't need any new fear issues.

Again Jumpers was first. It was another flowing course that wasn't too tricky. Jimmy is a very good boy and rarely takes an off-course obstacle (the wrong end of a tunnel is about his only vice) so keeping those bars up is our goal. Jimmy did his job and we has another Q and could pad our Nationals point with 12 more.

Here's the JWW run:

And without a blow by blow description, here is our Standard run. Turn down your speakers as there is a long 45 second lead in of me waiting to go into the ring and Jimmy sassing for more treats. Jimmy gave me another Q and a 4th place finish! Holy Moly! So now we have Double-Q #18! Just two more to go!

Again we had a Time 2 Beat run and again Jimmy Q'd for another day of a Triple-Q! And again, there's no video. LOL!

So what an amazing and successful weekend! It was extra special because Jimmy's breeder, Anne, drove up to watch. I was so happy we were able to give her such nice runs to watch! It was also great as she brought homemade soup to warm us up! Yum! Thanks, Anne!

Here's our stats:

Tracking Jimmy's MACH progress:

Masters JWW legs: 43  Now he's working on his MXJ5!
Masters STD legs: 28 We earned our MX2 and are working on MX3 now.
Double Q's: 18 (out of 20 double-Q's needed for a MACH.... 90 Percent! The snowball is headed downhill!)
MACH Points:  Over 1000 (out of 750 speed points needed for a MACH...... We've got our points and then some!)

Time 2 Beat legs: 13 (out of 15 needed for his T2B) 107 points (out of 100 needed) 
                               On 5/19/13, Jimmy actually WON the 12 inch T2B class! 

AKC Nationals 2014:
Double-Q's: 10 (out of 4 needed)
Points: 530 (out of 500 needed)....WE MADE IT!!!!
Masters Legs: 34 (out of 20 needed)


  1. WAHOO! Yeah for you and Jimmy--Nationals, and more titles, here we come! Beautiful job this weekend--just beautiful!

  2. YAY!!!!! What a huge accomplishment for your two. I know its got to be a huge relief to know you've got the points you need for Nationals now. And even better that you're 2 QQ's away from a MACH. Way to go!!
    ~Rebecca & Teach

  3. Well done and gosh that must have been horrid having to rush back. Congratulations. Stay warm. Have a marvellous Monday.
    Best wishes Molly

  4. Woo-hoo. Way to go and congrats!

  5. Huge, HUGE congratulations! I knew you'd make it!
    And now we are tied back up in our MACH / PACH countdown :)

  6. Congratulations!! It'll be great to get to meet you in person, finally, at Nationals! Plus you'll have to make sure you get in the annual Corgi photo! Cardis need more representation!

  7. Congrats! Love the new header. :)

  8. Congrats!

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  9. Congratulations on making it to nationals! You must be so darn excited. Jimmy did wonderfully!

    I looked up the agility training centre by Toronto and it's just too expensive for my post-grad budget. Looks like I'll have to be teaching Beamer agility on my own for now :)

  10. OMD!!! CONGRATS!!! That is so amazin'!!! Great job Jimmy!! I knew you could do it!
    Now, let's have a margarita!!! BOL
    Ruby ♥

  11. Huge Congrats on the points Taryn and Jimmy!!! QQs on both days is amazing too! It was great to see you this weekend.


  12. Congratulations! What a fantastic weekend for you and Jimmy! My favorite part is that he looks like he's have so much fun. :-)

    Susan and Wrigs

  13. What a fantastic job, Jimmy!!! I really need to do more of this agility stuff with my dog Pierson. It looks so fun!

  14. Wow! Great job, Jimmy and Taryn.

    In a world where corgis have become the sex symbols of the doggy internet, it's lovely to see one getting a chance to work. (Of course, he's still sexy too.) :)

  15. Congratulations! Great job by both of you!

  16. I was cheering and cheering watching these! this is so exciting!!! Very nice job keeping him with you after that chute. Phew! I am just so excited... it has taken me a few days to finally comment here and I am still bumbling on and on like an idiot. I am just so thrilled for you I am (basically) speechless.


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