Monday, November 14, 2016

The Weekend Report: The Best Escape!

I spent the weekend out in the mountains playing agility and letting the political events of the past week drain from my mind. It was two days of GORGEOUS weather, fun and challenging courses, friends, fresh air, and time with my dogs. It was truly wonderful!

Saturday started with our Jumpers run. The map on the left is our course.....

And here is how it looked on video.......

This was a nice clean run and added 16 more points to our pot. It was also speedy enough for 1st place, running it in just 30.5 seconds.

We had a nice long break before our next run so we walked around the farm a bit.

So much open space! It feels so freeing when you live in a tightly packed suburbia. The farm's name is Walnut Hill Farm due to many walnut trees (duh!) up by the main house, but if it were mine, I would have to name it Almost Heaven. It has so much beauty!

I'm afraid I didn't take anymore video so I'll just give a brief run through of the rest of my weekend runs. Standard on Saturday required some fast footwork. It is hard to beat Jimmy to the end of an almost straight tunnel. It was another clean run, but a speedy little cocker spaniel beat us by about a half a second! (And we beat her in our earlier Jumpers run by just .33 of a second!) So we earned 27 points (27 seconds under time for the course) and a nice red 2nd place ribbon. This was double-Q #10 toward our PACH2. Halfway there!

Sunday's maps:

Again the day started with Jumpers. It had a tricky start. Normally I put Jimmy in a sit/stay and lead out past the first obstacle. I never take off running with him at the very start. But the course was such that I needed to stay back, send him over the first jump, u-turn back to jump #2 and shoot him into a tunnel. I was worried we would botch this but he read it just fine and we were off! This was a challenging course and so much fun!  That same little cocker from Saturday managed to beat us by a tiny margin, so we got 2nd place and 16 points.

Standard was another run fast course! Jimmy nailed his dogwalk contact thankfully and we were on our way to a clean run. This time Jimmy was the faster dog, and we took the blue and 27 points! Jimmy and the cocker were very evenly matched little runners! This gave us double-Q #11.

It was funny that my points were the same both days! 16 in JWW and 27 in STD for a grand total of 87 points for the weekend. Not bad!

This trial was given by the Capital City Cocker Club and they always give very pretty ribbons!

Now I'll leave you with one last silly picture. This is a farm after all and parking in a horse field has its risks!

AKC Nationals 2017: Perry, GA
Double-Q's: 14 (out of 7 needed)
Points: 829 (out of 550 needed) We qualified on 07/09/2016 !!!

Tracking Jimmy's PACH 2 progress:
Very 1st Double-Q: Sunday 5/1/2016
Masters JWW legs: 52...MJP Title 01/25/15 MJPB 10/11/15 MJPS Title 10/23/16
Masters STD legs: 44...MXP Title!10/24/14 MXPB 10/11/15
Double Q's: 11 (out of 20 needed)
PACH Points: 1395


  1. WooHoo...all those points, well done.
    I luffs the video, I wish the pole thingy had been closer to the camera, I luffs watching you wiggle in out out of those
    The farm does look really beautiful but as you pointed out, working farms do have their little minefields to be negotiated!Hehe
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  2. Wow what a course! You are a supa-star
    Lily & Edward

  3. What a great weekend in a beautiful spot


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