Redlands held a very successful Agility and Jumpers trial on the evening of Saturday 5th May 2018. Thanks to Karen Deguet our trial secretary, who maintains calm and helps everything run so smoothly, to Anne and Ruth who ran the Canteen with some great food and to our great Judges – Jody Brown and Mary Waldon for their excellent courses.
Thanks also to the dedicated members who helped set up and steward. Many of these were trialling their own dogs at the event, so it was pretty busy as they also need to walk the courses, get the dogs warmed up and ready, be in the right place /right time to do their runs, and hopefully find time to watch each other. Fitting in stewarding in between all of that can be a challenge, but they managed! These people were Shaaron, Caroline, Sonia, Vicki, Ann and Jennie. We had some help from other RDOC members not running dogs, namely Paulo who was keeping an eye on Chicka another up and coming agility pup! Members of other clubs also chipped in when needed!
The set up was in very windy conditions, that proved a challenge keeping the equipment stable and can stir the dogs, but they seem to love the cooler weather. And the wind died down as the sun set, perfect!
Our Agility convenor, Shaaron did really well with a Qualification and first place in Masters Jumping 600 with Piper and a Qualification in Open Jumping. Two of our other agility instructors also competed, Caroline with Border Collie Eve, had a great run but no Qualification this time, and Christine had some really good runs with Tweed and Radar.
After nothing at the previous trial at Logan, Jennie and Alfie had a great day with a Qualification and fourth place in Novice Jumping 500, and a Qualification and third place in Novice Agility 500.
Vicki’s beagle Elsa was so nearly at a Qualification in Novice Agility 300 but Vicki had a muscle cramp right at the finish and Elsa must have sensed the pause and clipped the last broad jump. Having qualified in Novice Jumping, Elsa now runs in Excellent Jumping where qualifications are so much harder to get, especially for a beagle with an excellent nose close to the ground!
Sonia is super busy as she runs her two dogs, Winston and Jedda. Unfortunately, Winston missed the weaves entry after a minor battle of wills so did not qualify, but ran well and still achieved a first place. Jedda missed out narrowly in her debut run by tipping her nose into a tunnel on the way past. Her Mum needs to work on her footwork!
Little Strudel the dachshund featured in his debut in Novice Jumping with Ann. They did so well in their first ever run, and Strudel was declared as a Judges favourite to watch, at the presentation afterwards!
And of course there are always the amusing/frustrating ones, the Dalmatian who sat at the start line, took one look at the course and bolted from the ring.
Ruth took photos at the trial, between canteen duties; these can be seen on here.
The best way to learn about the sport of dog Agility is to come to these trials as a volunteer or just to watch. If you are attending Agility training at RDOC or interested, please consider coming to help at any upcoming trials. WE really do value the help on the day and you get a free meal for helping!!