Thursday, January 12, 2012

Trial Preview: ADG

This is going to be a fun trial because it's the one year anniversary of our very first trial!

I don't have much exciting to say about it, so I'll just jump right in:

Round 1:  Fullhouse Level 5
     Fullhouse is fun and it's a good way to start the day.  This would be our second fullhouse Q at level five.  That seems really crazy, but that's what it is.  There's only one other level 5, 20" dog.  I'll go for high points, hopefully.  I'll look for a big, fast and flowing course and get him running happily first thing in the morning.

Round 2:  Standard Level 4
     This is our first shot at Level 4 standard.  We need 8, which will take us a while to accumulate.  I'm pretty sure at this point that Standards will be our 'lagging' Qs as we move forward, especially since Riverside trials don't offer them.  Anyway, I'd really like to get this Q and don't see much reason why we wouldn't unless we missed an A-frame contact.  Fingers crossed.  I'm also kind of hoping that it will have some decent challenges, since most CPE courses we encounter are pretty mild.  I watched one upper level standard class this fall that had a threadle and a tough weave would be fun to be pushed a little bit!  There are four other dogs in this class.

Round 3:  Wildcard Level 4
     This is our first Wildcard attempt at Level 4.  It would be good to get it and keep moving, but it's not an especially high pressure Q.  Hopefully some of our discrimination practice will pay off.  Jonah is one of 6 dogs in 20", Level 4.

Round 4:  Colors Level 3
     This would be our second Level 3 Q in colors, and I'd really like to get it so we can get our level 3 title with the next colors Q (that's all we have left to get the CL3--2 colors Qs).  Luckily colors isn't generally particularly difficult.  There are 7 dogs in the class, though, so it will be competitive!  It's funny that there are more dogs at level 3 than at level 4 and our level 5 class only has one other.  Oh well, I don't really care much about placements.

Dave and I were talking about bringing snowshoes up there and visiting a local park between rounds since these trials are usually long days, but it looks now like Manchester is only getting 1-3 inches and then rain on top, so I don't know if snowshoeing will be practical.  Some day we'll get to use our Christmas presents...

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