Friday, June 6, 2008

Group IV Terrier Club AKC trial - Memorial Day weekend

So off the Salt Lake City for the 3-day trial at the beautiful Lynnleah Farm. This is one of my favorite trial sites. Next year I plan on attending all of the USDAA trials that are held at The Farm.
Sage had some really nice runs on Friday and Saturday (no QQ's). By Sunday, she was popping out of WP again and dropping bars. She also refused the practice jump right before the last class of the day on Sunday. So Ms. Sage is taking some time off to heal. She has another appt. with Dr. Jay next Thursday. I have pulled her from the USDAA Regionals over the 4th of July weekend.

Summit qualified in Open FAST on Friday and moved up to Excellent A FAST on Saturday. He fell off the DW during the Send portion so did not Q. I took him through several tunnels to finish the course. There were like 10 dogs who fell off the DW that day. The judge at one point went over and looked at it. I was told it was slick but I never did have a chance to look feel it.

Sunday Summit earned his first Q in Excellent A Fast! He also earned his first Q in Open Jumpers. He had some really nice runs this whole weekend.
I am learning that when I relax and not try and "race" Summit, he keeps the bars up. He is so fast that I think I need to hurry up and get somewhere on the course and when I start becoming frantic, he flattens out. So what I think about when I go to the line with him is Relax.....

Landing gear UP!


Sage saw Dr. Jay that following Thursday (the soonest I could get her in as he was out of town). Sage had a tendon popped out in her shoulder and was "stuck" somewhere (my "chiro speak" is not very good). So she had limited mobility in her left shoulder. This explained the dropped bars and wp popping. It was pretty bad but he got it to pop back in and said she was good. We were travelling to Salt Lake City the next day for a three-day AKC trial and he said she should be fine but keep a good eye on her.

Poor girlie!

USDAA Pueblo, Colorado

I'm a bad blogger! I'm way behind in updates....

Sage started off the weekend popping out of her weavepoles and dropping bars. Very unusual for her. Sage is a lovely jumper and might drop a single bar every 5 trials or so. She's also pretty consistent weaver. On Sunday in Master's Standard, she dropped two bars on the course and popped out of the wp again. I pulled her from the rest of her classes and made an appt. with her chiropractor for that following week.

Summit did very well. We had good startline stays all weekend. He qualified in Starters Gamblers twice, Snooker, and pairs. He earned his Starters Pairs title and moved up to Advanced. He only needed that one jumpers leg to earn his AD but he dropped the first bar (the course was jump - tunnel!). He did not qualify in any of his Advanced Standard classes but only had minor faults - handler-caused.

Jennifer's husband, Brad, was there taking pictures and did a wonderful job!

I love this picture of Summit's sliding teeter!