Lansdown Show is always hard work, the rings are extremely spaced out which means that there is a lot of walking to be done! A-SIT were running a Ring which meant that we did get preferential parking on the Saturday which made life easier....but of course running a ring did mean we were on our feet most of the day!
I am SO proud of my A-SIT Team, we once again provided a Judge with a smooth and effective Ring Party, there were no complaints, plenty of smiling faces, lots of laughs and the sun shone for us this year!...so there were a few pink faces by the end of it! With the money raised I am buying rubber chips for our seesaw and a new branded cover for our tyre. So thank you everybody you went out of their way to help. Our Judge Marie Douglas posted the following status:
'Home and sorted from a lovely lovely weekend at Lansdown , have to say a massive thank you to Lesley and her fab A-SIT team for the superb ring party, one of the best I've had.'
I hope you guys planning on working as hard next year as you will be MY ring party (I accepted an invitation to Judge Lansdown 2014 whilst at the show).
In other news..... Stitch has qualified for Crufts 2014!!!! When I was invited to join the Blackdown Team a number of months ago, I had hoped we stood a good chance (they were there last year) but now that we've made it I still can't believe it! It was afterall the first time we had run as a Team! And until that morning we still hadn't decided whether to put Stitch first (and risk him following the next dog out on the course) or last (and risk him getting over excited and blowing his contacts).
I am sorry Stitch and I have had to fill Anne and Stanley's place but I am glad we did them proud and it was good to have Anne cheering us on from the sideline and pugging Stitch full of black pudding afterwards! Our Team ran first, Zavvi had 5f on the Dogwalk, Tequila went Clear and Chilli got marked 5f on the A-Frame (I say 'got marked' because I saw her get it!) Stitch then finished with a Clear, so we finished with 10f and a pretty good time. Kidderminster managed to match our faults but beat our time...our disappointment didn't last long when we were informed that they had already qualified at Nottingham, which meant that this time 2nd place was good enough and we are off to Crufts 2014! We will be running on the Friday. Here is a picture of our lovely friendly team in running order.
Jennine & Ruby - 1st, G1-2 Agility (winning into Grade 2!)
Jennine & Ruby - 3rd, G1-2 Agility
Gill & Mollyanna - 3rd, G4-7 Agility
Anne & Chas - 4th, G3 Jumping
Stitch on the Blakdown Team - 2nd, Crufts Team Agility
Stitch - 3rd, G7 Agility
Hex - 6th, G6-7 Jumping
Hex - 22nd, Crufts Singles Agility
Hex - Clear, C6-7 Jumping
Gill & Kassey - 2 x Clears, Special Anysize Jumping