Archive for March, 2009

Our 2nd show.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on March 16, 2009 by Darlene Barnes

We competed in the TBAC (Trail Blazers Agility Club) Show at Dream Park on Sunday only, March 8th. With daylight savings upon us and the fact that I didn’t have to be at the trial, until our first walk thru 10:53, it was nice to get a break from getting up early. But….. We got up at 7:30, and got to the trial around 9:45am. After I got my registration sticker and looked around, I luckily went over to the ring where we were running to see how many more dogs were left before us. Good Thing. I walked up to the ring and saw people walking the course and I asked someone “what are they walking?” to my surprise they were walking Open Standard, OH MY GOD!!! They were walking my class 45 mins early. I quickly found someone to hold JoJo and get over to do my walk thru. We had a pretty good run, had issues with the weave poles again, but they were much better. I was really pleased with out runs together. She is really focused on what I am telling her, she is responding to my cues., the weave poles will come with time. Our second run wasn’t till 3:30, there wasn’t anybody at the show that I new so I had a long wait.
Our Jumpers run was worth the wait. We ran it perfectly, we were totally in sync of each other. The weave poles were the 3rd obstacle and she nailed the entrance, and never skipped a beat. I even changed up my plan, not by choice. I forgot to throw in a front cross where I wanted to, so I changed it up and made it a back cross and she just nailed it. I was so excited, my first “Q” in Open Jumpers.
Unfortunately, I didn’t have anyone to video tape my run, so I don’t have it to show.
We will have a weekend off then it’s back to Dream Park. I am looking forward to it. Hopefully, I will have videos to share.


Our First Show Of The New Year.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on March 10, 2009 by Darlene Barnes

Well after a long couple months and a lot of training, it was the first show of the new year. My goal was to go to the show and try to be very calm, have fun and enjoy the weekend.
I must say, I did a very good job of not being nervous.
With the new show season upon us, we are starting out with 2 “Q’s” in Open Standard, and no “Q’s” in Open Jumpers. Noing that if I Q’d in Standard, it would mean moving up to Excellent, and I’m not sure if I’m ready for that. That’s why I wanted to try to go to the show, focus, and try not be nervous.
All in all we had a very fun weekend. We worked very well together, JoJo really showed her stuff, other then some mistakes that we made I feel very good about our runs, for the most part.

The first show was held at Cloucester County Dream Park, Sweedsboro, NJ.
It’s a really nice facilty, and I enjoy running there.
 The show was held by DCKC (Delaware County Kennel Club) Feb 27th, 28th, & March 1st. Our first run on Saturday was 7:45, with a 7:30 walk thru. Lucky Me! I had to get up a 4:00am to get there on time.

First run was Jumpers, we had a really good run, made all our marks. I gave all the right cues and would of Q’d, but I didn’t realize, till it was too late, that JoJo missed the last pole of the weaves. Stupid mistake on my part, NEVER take your eyes off your dog.

Second run was standard. Now this was entertaining.  We set up, but  then had to re-set up, not sure what the delay was. We had a very good beginning, all the way to #11 “The Tire“, yes the infamous tire. In practice, JoJo has started to go under the tire, instead of over. HA HA! Not funny, in competition. Once that happened it was all over, she took the wrong obstacle, when I was trying to get her back to the tire. I would think, my fault. Over shot the table, and then the Weave Poles. Watch and see.

Sunday was a little kinder, I had my first run at 9:00, walk thru was 8:45. I got to sleep til 5:ooam. We started with Standard.  All in all we had a very good run, JoJo went thru the tire, but those weave poles killed us. It looks like I might of pulled her out of the poles by taking to her. She over shot the table again. Lots more work to do.

Our second run on Sunday was Jumpers. Now this one was really entertaining. My JoJo, who very rarely breaks her start line stay, decided not only to break her stay but to go off sniffing. Just lovely! I have never!!!! I could believe my eyes. We got our self together and ran a very good course, until the weave poles.
Have fun watching.

We will be training hard this week, with another show to follow.