Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Super Weekend!

I'll let the results speak for themselves:

@ Golden Valley

Julie & George - 1st, G1-2 Agility. Winning them up to Grade 2!
Julie & George - 1st, G1-2 Jumping
Mike & Bonnie - 1st, G3-5 Agility
Mike & Bonnie - 3rd, Jumping
Mike & Bonnie - 4th Jumping
Gill & Kassey - 1st, G3-5 Agility. Winning them up to Grade 5!
Jennine & Ruby - 5th, G1 Jumping
Gill & Mollyanna - Clear, C4-7 Jumping


Matt & Hex - 3rd, Novice Jumping (Their first Clear Round together!)

@ Barnstaple

Stitch - 1st, C1-7 Jumping
Stitch - 1st, G4-7 Jumping
Stitch - 1st, G4-7 Agility
Hex - 2nd, C1-7 Collie Sprint
Hex - 3rd, G6-7 Jumping

Monday, 17 June 2013


I was really looking forward to Thames and was missing the DARL Rescue League Final which Stitch qualified for, to attend. The weather forecast was good, there were birthdays to celebrate and a Champ to get stuck into.

But the wind was higher than forecast and from the moment I unsuccessfully tried to set my 'garden' up, the show lost it's feel good vibe. Pat and Martin saved the day, helping me with the bits Mum usually did, this was my first camping show by myself in over a year and I was SO grateful for their help after what had been a long day teaching followed by the drive up there.

Hex was an ABSOLUTE nightmare. Usually Mum takes her while I queue, she takes her out of sight from the rings and keeps her calm, without Mum there and with the rings set up so that I had nowhere to take her away from any agility without losing sight of the ring myself, I had to queue with her. I very, very rarely pull my dog out of a course, I believe you should always end on a positive and that there is always something positive to take from a run, HOWEVER, out of Hex's 5 runs I pulled her out of 3! She had gotten herself in such a state queuing that she trashed most of one course, flew a seesaw and took an unsafe approach to a tyre in another and punctured my arm in the last. For her own safety (and mine!) I removed her from these runs before I had finished them. What a shambles!
There was also a mishap where I missed my Crufts qualifier with her because the ring party were calling 'anything' all day! Argh! Total pet peeve of mine. I didn't want to queue for any length of time with her because of the troubles we were having and because of the heat and yet every time I looked at that ring - huge queue and 'taking anything' - what is the point of running orders then?! When I figured the class must be nearing the end, I asked what they were calling to, hoping they'd say 'the end'.... 'O, we're taking anything'..... 'Grrr, I know but how many dogs do you have left to run?', ' We have Loooooaaads' was the response as she flicked through a giant pad of remaining tickets. 'Okay, I really don't want to join that queue as it is, I'll come back after I've had a cuppa and some cake'.
Next thing I know just as I'm getting myself together to get Hex out the tannoy comes on 'Ring whatever, calling to the end of the class...no wait, sorry, that's class CLOSED'.
What?! They never called to the end, how ANNOYING!

For the first time EVER, Stitch got E'd in a Champ Class - not happy as it was totally my fault. I put him back on the A-Frame in the Crufts Singles (obstacle 2), only to finish the rest of the course with a blinding run - whoops. He was a sod in the Olympia qualifier, barely touching the contacts and going wide off them thinking I was going to put him back on, but then did a beauty of a run in the Agility later that day and coming 2nd - the place we needed in the Olympia class. So many frustrations.

The highlight of the whole weekend was the BBQ we had at Pat's, great food, great company and a dog party to finish which I brought Hex too.


Stitch - 2nd, G6-7 Agility
Stitch - 5th, 6-7 Agility
Stitch - 6th, C1-7 Olympia Qualifier

Wye Valley

I was extremely happy to be setting off to Wye Valley with Matt in tow, although already missing my Mumma who had departed for France.

Matt was great setting up, although not so great at getting up in the mornings!
We got to see Gili, the future Mummy of his future puppy and the weather wasn't to bad so Matt had a good weekend, O and we had an Indian with our SWAT friends Saturday night, so he really was a happy chappy : )

Both Jennine and I made it into the Superstars Final on Saturday. Hugely scary for Jennine who's first KC Show it was; she now had to run under commentary with an audience but she coped really well, just under working a weave entrance. Stitch was one of the 6 dogs to go clear on the course which was made up of 2 rings and 24 obstacles, unfortunately I lost him in a tunnel in the final round. No cash prize for us : (
But it was really fun and great to have 2 of us representing the club.


Jennine & Ruby - 2nd, 1-2 Agility
Jennine & Ruby - 16th,
Hex - 3rd, 6-7 Jumping
Stitch - 4th, 1-7 Helter Skelter
Gill & Mollyanna - Clear, 1-7 Jumping
Gill & Mollyanna - Clear, 1-7 Agility


Nottingham - o, Nottingham.
When I discovered my tyre was damaged in the morning and needed to be replaced, I should have decided not to go, when we were 2hrs into the journey and someone passing us signaled for us to check our caravan and we found the skylight to have been ripped from the roof, we should have turned around and when we finally arrived exhausted after a 5 and a half hour drive (which was supposed to be 3 and a half hours) we should have known that it just wasn't going to be our weekend.

We knew we had shut the skylight before we left but the caravan is a 1985 model and the supports had grown brittle and the springs lose, so the high winds had managed to get underneath it and rip it out. I managed to work out how to get Mum ontop of the caravan (I'm wobbly at the best of times and not good with heights) by parking my van along side it, opening the window and having her use that as a step up, Mum saw about covering the hole in an old-school bin-bag manner which did the job :)

Voodoo managed to make it down to the rings un-escorted. He jumped into the van and as Mum let go of his collar for him to take the final hop into his crate, he span, burst out of our garden and ran the distance through the caravans to the rings. I was in my wellies and tried my best follow him, but by the time I made it to the rings he was flitting from one to the other until Laura Chudleigh caught him and returned him to me. Good job I hadn't taken his harness off, it made him much easier to grab!

I just couldn't get my act together in the ring, just a silly mistake in each one, a 5r here, a pole there and with frustration setting in things were never going to get better. I don't think I will be returning to Nottingham again.

@ Nottingham
Hex - 6th, G6-7 Jumping
Hex - 8th, G6-7 Jumping
Stitch - Clear,  C6-7 Jumping

Jennine & Ruby - 12th, Beginners Steeplechase