Earlier this week I posted three of the four courses we ran at Hamilton Dog Training Club's AKC trial in Ohio last weekend. I had never run under these two judges, and while their courses were pretty tough, I enjoyed them and wouldn't shy from trying them again.
In Standard on Saturday, I did not start that line very well--I don't trust LaMesa on a start line stay for tunnels or chutes yet, so I tried running with her. I discovered I was not fast enough to beat her to push for the fourth jump, so she took the first three and went up the A-frame. I should have handled that differently, but you live and learn! I can't remember what else happened on the course, but it was fun.
In Jumpers on Saturday, she started out so well--nailed her weaves and was working with me. However, she ran by a jump due to me doing a poorly placed front cross. I don't know why I didn't just run with rears because I seem to be having trouble with my front cross timing.
But then again, I tend to have bad timing with rear crosses, as was evident on Sunday's Standard course. I pushed her out too much for the rear to the jump and the dog walk. Everything else she handled really well, until the pull to the weaves. I see from the video that my body was pointing towards the table, even though I was saying "Weave!" and she bypassed the weaves for the table. LaMesa is so sensitive to my body!
Jumpers saw another great start, until she popped out of the weaves. It's frustrating to have that problem continuously pop up at the trials! Merinda said she thought maybe my change in speed of running by her in the weaves caused her to hurry and pop out, but I'm not sure I see that much of a change. You be the judge below.
Overall, I was happy with how LaMesa handled the tough courses. I really wish we could have squeezed out a Q, but at least the runs weren't all complete train wrecks. It was a reminder that we're not 100% there like maybe I was starting to think, and that we still have a lot of work to do.
Dally's recap is next!