We had a
great turnout to our second Jumpers Trial of the year on Saturday 4th May 2019
with 280 entries!
This was a Double Jumpers Trial with two rings. A Jumper’s course has jumps including the broad, circle, double and single bar jumps as well as tunnels, but no weave poles or contact equipment such as the A frame, dog walk or see saw. Dogs are graded into height categories, 200, 300 and so on, to 600. The largest number of dogs are in the 500 category as there are so many borders and kelpies who do agility.
The evening started off wet and stormy during set up, but was followed by a glorious sunset and a cool autumn, slightly drizzly night.
We had seven Redlands members compete on the night. It was under wet and slippery conditions but Sonia and Winston achieved a first place and their first Qualification in Jumping Dog Excellent (JDX) 600. Well done to you both. Although our Redlands Team did not achieve any other Qualifications on the night, there were still some lovely runs.
Kate and Charli won Novice 600 in one course and came second in the other. This dog/handler team are doing so well and they both looked like they were really enjoying themselves. Anne and Strudel the dachshund, achieved two firsts in their height division of Novice 200. Strudel is running so fast around his courses, Anne thinks he is trying to keep up with the Border Collie times! He was so focused on his speed, he bumped one or two bars but ran well under time in an amazing 25 seconds when he was allowed 42 seconds. At the end of the night when the prizes were given out, Strudel behaved as though the whole evening was for him! Strudel was just delighted with his
Paolo and Chica, the Chihuahua mix, also gained a first place in Novice 300 Jumping. Chica did well on her first run but as the night went on the course had some dark scary tunnels in the corners so during her second run she decided it was time to head back to her crate where it was safe and warm.
Vicki and Elsa the Beagle, ran a beautiful course for their Masters Open 300 course, but at this skill level the courses are trickier and the times are tight. So even though she had a clear run, it didn’t allow any time for Elsa to stop and sniff which meant she ran over time.
Tess and Layla the brindle Boxer, also ran well in their first run for Redlands. Layla cleared the jumps by miles, including jumping the boundary fences together in an escape fun run, but she came back when called!
Jennie and Alfie were back competing after a long break recovering from an injury, but he is now good as new and running and jumping well. Handling mistakes by Jennie meant that Alfie took the wrong course in two events which meant Disqualifications. The dogs really take their cues from our signals and body language. It can be a raised hand or facing away from where you want them to go that results in these mistakes.
The Redlands Agility dogs are becoming quite a team too; an Allsorts team with a real mix of dog breeds and heights. They are used to being crated close together and behave really well. Chica sat near Elsa’s crate while both were not competing. This kept Elsa occupied and quiet which worked out well as she has been known to call out to Vicki when left alone. Chica and Elsa had the odd kiss at the crate door which was very cute, especially with Chica’s reactive background. Chica really felt part of her “Agility pack,” although Strudel may have been a bit offended.
Thanks to the two Judges, Murray Sharman and Jean Joyce for their lovely courses. It was the first time for these two judges and they did a wonderful job. Thank you also to all the volunteers who helped on the night. Even though there were only 2 rings, volunteers were required to scribe, steward, and marshal for each.
Thank you to Sarah, Tony, Stephen, Gayle, Sue and Ursula. And a special thank you to our regular volunteers, the mother and daughter team, Carmen and Keira. It was Keira’s birthday on the night and she wanted to spend it surrounded by dogs!
Thank you to our Trial Secretary Karen Deguet for organising and running the Trial. The night went off without a hitch and the prizes looked fantastic! Ruth and Sally Anne worked tirelessly in the Canteen and BBQ. There were plenty of yummy hot meals to choose from to warm everybody up! The Pulled Chicken/Slaw burgers were a big hit.
Ruth also took some amazing action photos. These can be seen on the following link at:
And as Ruth said – You really get to see ‘the connect’ between dog and handler in the stills. The dogs really do look for direction and follow the subtleties.
And lastly, a big ‘Thank you’ to our Agility instructors