Friday, November 28, 2008
First of all due to some "Administrative issues" we had to cancel our trip to the US we are poorer by $1000 due to the cancellation of our flights. Hiazzzzz!
2nd of all we registered late for the trials meaning paying more for the entry fees and left less than 2 weeks to train for Obedience. Hiazz! We had put too much emphasis on Agility with Keesha and Max, Benji joined in too of course to train a little bit. Our focus was on Steeplechase Agility. We trained for speed, pushing ourselves and our dogs to the limit we hope to achieve. Our minds were like "running the contacts" "hard entries" , tight turns, shortest lines! Run! Run!!
Than suddenly we stop training agility altogether and had to worked on Obedience. Luckily our dogs remembered their Obedience work. They seem quite happy to shift focus a bit though.
Than came the trials Benji was up first we partake him only in Maxi Agility, he didn't miss his contacts but miss his entry to the weaves due to handler error (the only error). Hiazz!
Than Keesha, as she was trying to make her tight turn to the right to the next jump, from the video I can see her changing her lead leg to turn tightly to the right only to find herself thrown sideways to the ground sliding all the way close to the next jump as she wiggled to get up. Did she miss her footing? When Keesha got up I can see that she was a little embarrassed by the fall and went towards me crouching head down. I had to check to make sure she was alright before I can continue and lead her to my side to complete the run. That wasted a few seconds but she still completed the run at a good time. I am very glad she was alright though Keesha was given a refusal even though in the video the Judge did not put her hand up or across. This cost her her 1st placing. Hiazzz! Well a Judges decision is final! We should all respect that, we are Judges too.
Keesha Open Jumpers : Well Handler's mind boggling runs it's like a gymnast jumping on a trampoline and suddenly don't remember whether you did the somersaults routine or the flips and end up you have an ugly jump! Well we call this an Ugly Run!
Max Open Agility/ Jumpers: Max miss all his contacts in Agility, he ran over them, hit a bar in Jumpers.
Than Benji went for his OPEN Obedience trial, the first dog for OPEN that day. Did all the exercise well except for the Scent Towels. From the video we can see his scent the right towel but excitedly picked the one next to it thinking "chomp" that's it. Usually in training Benji would spit out the wrong one IF he happens to pick it up and went back to find the right one (That would be substantial point deductions) but still a pass if you got the right towel eventually. But this time his confidence fooled us and the crowd. Double Hiazzz! Otherwise maybe he might beat his dad for the first time... hmmmm.
Max in OPEN Obedience was great! This time getting a full score for his Scent Towels. We are so proud of him! Thus making him H.I.T. again for the 3rd time this year out of the 4 Trials we participated this year. Making him the National Obedience Champion for Year 2008 for the 6 consecutive time! Congrats Max my boy! There are five trials overall this year. We miss one in July due to some issues that cropped up.
Well, that is what Competition is all about. It should be Healthy. We all have our Ups and Downs. Think about what you and your dog has already achieved up to this date and be proud that you and your dog have worked hard to have come this far already! Everyone wants to win that is human nature. But dogs have feelings too, they don't care about the ribbons or the trophies well maybe the dog food... but they only want to do what you ask them to do and to be with you everywhere you go it is their nature to want to work with you whether by force or at will. In short YOU made them do this. They will feel great to know that their owners are happilly lavishing so much attention to them.
We reminded our students many times and also to ourselves the one thing our dogs would want so much.... so the next time you go into the competition ring, Win or Lose, I want to see you celebrating with your dog!
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
8": 6 competitors
1st - Taboo Papillon Melissa Henning 27.78
2nd - Bailey Jack Russell Terrier Mike Murphy 29.64
3rd - Splash Shetland Sheepdog Jason Bauchmoyer 30.77
12": 8 competitors
1st - Stryker Miniature Schnauzer Lee Pinter 30.24
2nd - Hoosier Boston Terrier Kelly Misegadis 30.78
3rd - Sydney Shetland Sheepdog Barbara Bicksler 31.11
4th - Rockie Shetland Sheepdog Jeff Kogen 33.16
16": 10 competitors
1st - Brink Border Collie Sandra Rogers 26.83
2nd - Streak Border Collie Maureen Scheall 27.29
3rd - Disco Border Collie Kim James 28.14
4th - Sterling Border Collie Gerry Brown 28.35
5th - Kylie Australian Cattle Dog Anne Swan 29.17
22": 8 competitors
1st - Sprint Flat-Coated Retriever Teresa Rodney 28.94
2nd - Player Golden Retriever Kathleen Desvigne 30.01
3rd - Spotty Border Collie Nancy Ross 30.21
4th - Mike Golden Retriever Linda Wargo 32.91
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Posted Date: November 1, 2008
Steeplechase Finals 12" Results
12": 8 competitors
1st - Snap Shetland Sheepdog Wendy Pape Wendy 28.75
2nd - Dobby Jack Russell Terrier Greg Louganis Greg 30.92
3rd - Charley Papillon Anne Platt 31.09
4th - Letti Cardigan Welsh Corgi Shelley Permann 31.44
5th - Amoco Shetland Sheepdog Brad Pelton 32.25
6th - Nipper Jack Russell Terrier Greg Louganis 33.90
Steeplechase Final 16" Results
16": 11 competitors
1st - Luka Pyrenean Shepherd Ashley Deacon 26.28
2nd - Bode Shetland Sheepdog Lori Michaels 28.25
3rd - Limousine All Breed Christine Rediker 29.16
4th - Manja Shetland Sheepdog Anne Kajava 29.85
5th - Fu All Breed Mizue Souma 30.06
6th - Jimmy Dean Shetland Sheepdog Nancy Kleinhans 30.59
Steeplechase 22" Finals Results
22": 20 competitors
1st - Juice Border Collie Marcus Topps 26.65
2nd - Tony Border Collie George Baker 27.18
3rd - Jenny Border Collie Wade Robertson 27.23
4th - Blast Border Collie Rhonda Carter 27.48
5th - Qwik Border Collie Stuart Mah 27.52
6th - Ace Border Collie Nancy Gyes Nancy 27.56
7th - Dilly Border Collie Amanda Shyne 27.78
8th - Jet Border Collie Diane Sanders 28.56
9th - Sybil Border Collie Mark Bowerman 27.96
10th - Teak Border Collie Ken Fairchild 28.12
Steeplechase 26" Finals Results
26": 12 competitors
1st - Spree Border Collie Ann Braue 27.89
2nd - Zippity Border Collie Denise Thomas 28.31
3rd - Kestrel Border Collie Bridget McKnight 28.82
4th - Jester Border Collie Daisy Peel 29.10
5th - Zesty Border Collie Barbara Davis 29.28
6th - Slick Border Collie Lisa Marie Bowers 29.57
Posted Date: November 2, 2008
Grand Prix Finals 12" Results
12": 10 competitors
1st - Whim Jack Russell Terrier Katherine Elliott 33.00
2nd - Dali All Breed Bob Foley 34.05
3rd - Letti Cardigan Welsh Corgi Shelley Permann 36.21
4th - Charley Papillon Anne Platt 36.53
5th - Porsche Pembroke Welsh Corgi Deborah Ogg 37.03
Grand Prix 16" Results
16": 15 competitors
1st - Sizzle Shetland Sheepdog Karen Holik 32.23
2nd - Luka Pyrenean Shepherd Ashley Deacon 32.47
3rd - Skye Shetland Sheepdog Lori Michaels 32.48
4th - Wave Shetland Sheepdog Marcy Mantell 33.26
5th - Rock-It Shetland Sheepdog Barbara Davis 34.91
6th - Hemi Pyrenean Shepherd Elizabeth Evans 32.68
7th - Bode Shetland Sheepdog Lori Michaels 32.37
8th - Dylan Rat Terrier Angie Benacquisto 32.78
Grand Prix 22" Finals Results/Commentary
22": 24 competitors
1st - Steeple Border Collie Kim Terrill 30.31
2nd - Juice Border Collie Marcus Topps 30.77
3rd - Dilly Border Collie Amanda Shyne 30.83
4th - Encore Border Collie Susan Garrett 30.98
5th - Presto Border Collie Terry Smorch terry 31.68
6th - Pyro Border Collie Rhonda Carter 31.75
7th - Drifter Border Collie Rosanne DeMascio 30.52
8th - Ace Border Collie Nancy Gyes 31.25
9th - Nyx Border Collie Kathy Lewis 31.28
10th - Wally Border Collie Stacy Peardot-Goudy 31.40
11th - Sweep Border Collie Jim Basic 31.42
12th - Jock Border Collie Lyn Kahn 31.44
Grand Prix 26" Results
26": 18 competitors
1st - Scream Border Collie Ann Braue 30.80
2nd - Aiko Border Collie Susan Cochran 31.33
3rd - Jive Border Collie Carrie Jones 31.46
4th - BreeSea Border Collie Elicia Calhoun 31.55
5th - Cap Border Collie Robert Yi 31.58
6th - Focus Border Collie Geri Hernandez 31.82
7th - Icon Border Collie Channan Fosty 31.83
8th - Pickle Border Collie Alicia Nicholas 31.86
9th - Whip Border Collie Susan Tovino 32.76
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Latest updates, the following finals are what you can be expecting
this morning over the internet at http://www.usdaa.com;
1) DAM 3 dog Team finals at 12pm or 3am (SGP TIMe),
2) GrandPrix of Dog Agility finals at 3.30pm or 6.30am (SGP Time).
Hope you can find time to view these great finals, have fun.
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Herding, canine musical freestyle, dock diving, course-a-lure, flyball, rally, disc, police K-9 exhibition, Doggie-Do-Right, dogs to adopt, and more! By Brenna Fender
There's more than just agility going on at the 2008 Cynosport World Games! There are other competitions, including rally, flyball, and dock diving, and exhibitions, demonstrations, and many more activities. Plus there are colorful booths with vendors selling everything you could possibly need (and some things you just want).
Many of the activities are suitable for the general public to try out. Doggie-Do-Right is an introduction to agility for the inexperienced dog. The dock diving area includes a splash pool for the competing agility dogs to cool off in, and Course-A-Lure combines sighthound lure coursing with safe agility obstacles like hoops and low jumps. Flying disc demonstrations are offering instructions in the basics of the sport, down to the right way to throw a disc.
The Arizona Herding Association is providing herding introductions to newcomers to that sport, and the Arizona Canine Musical Freestylers are offering newbies the opportunity to work with choreographers and other experts to build a routine from scratch. The new freestyle competitors can then try out their skills in fun matches held throughout the weekend.
The Maricopa County Animal Control is here with a air-conditioned van and some lovely dogs to adopt. An adorable Labrador puppy found a new home within hours! Other rescue groups are here as well, with dogs needing homes and other dogs creatively asking for donations (one BC with a "Donate Please" vest on solicited attention - and donations - by throwing tennis balls at the feet of passersby).
Tomorrow there will be temperament testing, fun matches, and competitions in rally, freestyle, dock diving, flyball, and more. There is something for every dog lover here at Westworld!
Guess what? Julie Daniels and Kenneth Tatsch were the final commentators and they were great doing their commentary superbly.
So remember Steeplechase USD10k/Performances Speed Jumping finals at 0930am tomorrow morning, DAM finals at 0600pm tomorrow evening and 0930pm tomorrow night for the Grand Prix of Dog Agility finals. (Singapore Time + 8 GMT)