Sunday, April 20, 2014

The Weekend Report: MACH Try #3

This weekend was the Potomac Valley Golden Retriever Club agility trial. I only signed up for Saturday, reserving Sunday for the Easter festivities. As I've mentioned before, every trial from here on out is a try at earning our MACH (Master Agility CHampion) title. This weekend was our third attempt at getting double-Q #20. Alas, it was not meant to be quite yet. The day started with Standard. It was a tricky and tight course. I could feel I was a bit more nervous than usual as is common when you are sitting on the edge of your MACH. Maybe my edginess is what affected Jimmy. He made a very rare weave pole error, pulling out a pole too soon. I can't tell looking at the video if I started to pull away a step too soon or if Jimmy was just distracted. I made him do the weaves again to get it right and he almost pulled out a second time. He looked at something outside of the ring so maybe something was messing with his focus. He also missed the table, instead heading for the further away tunnel/dogwalk combo. I never said "table!", so that one is on me! There was a very tricky part from the dog walk on, and Jimmy aced that! Also, he kept all the bars up, even with the course ending on a triple to a double!

Here's our run....

Of course NQing on the first run of the day means no chance for a QQ this day. All my jitters eased away. The Jumpers run a couple of hours later wasn't too bad. It had one very tricky spot that messed up a lot of dogs. We made it through OK and qualified! Jimmy was quite speedy and came in in 6th place. That doesn't earn us a placement ribbon but it is VERY respectable on a Jumpers course! No video for this one. In hind sight, since Jimmy did such a nice job, I wish I had asked someone to run the camera.

I have another day of agility next Saturday and then nothing for a long time. If we aren't successful next weekend, I'll have lots of time to try and get the limp out of my stride!


  1. Well done to Jimmy and 6th place in the jumpers is quite respectable we say. Have a marvellous Monday.
    Best wishes Molly

  2. Good luck! Hope you get your MACH next time!

  3. we hope, and believe, youll do great

    retro rover

  4. Good luck for your MACH Jimmy and well done, I think you should have got a medal for 6th! :)

    I hope you're having a fun day,

    Your pal Snoopy :)


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