Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Blackdown and The 'Bug' is back

First show of the year for me (Matt ran the UKA in January) and Stitch is back in the country. I had I believe 2 training sessions with him before the show and our timing was horrific, so needless to say I was feeling a little apprehensive about running him in public! We had finished last year on such a high, so in tune with each other and what we had before Blackdown was just mess.
Hex has been running really well in training so I was really looking forward to playing with her :)

The first run with Stitch we won the class, but there wasn't much you could do with the course and it felt a bit lack-luster, the second he needed to be put back on the A-Frame for a beautiful but self-released dog walk so I eliminated myself. The 3rd, things finally felt right and I think I may have my boy back, although we still have some timing issues to address and he has decided to leave me at the end of a run in favour for looking for Mum - this also needs addressing!

Hex was fast and for the most part my handling decisions were our down fall, I chickened out in  a couple of places I should have taken risks and I flinged an arm in the wrong direction, but she still came home with a 3rd.

Voodoo is behaving much better ring-side, less volume and more control, I hope that this improvement continues so that he will at least look at me when another dog is running!


Stitch - 1st, 1-7 Jumping
Stitch - 1st, 1-7 Helter Skelter
Hex - 3rd, 4-7 Jumping
Anne & Chas - 4th, 1-7 Helter Skelter
Anne & Zara - Clear, 1-7 Agility