Our first course was
jumping. The jumps were set at 2ft, with no weaves and no tyre. I set him up on the start
line and left him in a wait and recalled him over the first jump and over the long
jump. He sailed over the first line no problem, then came the dreaded pipe tunnel and
yes, he went round it. It took me four attempts to get him in, but then we were back on
track. Down the next row of jumps, turn to the left and up the next three jumps, heading
back towards the spectators, so of course Dylan had to go and say hello! Once again we
got back on track and finished over two hurdles, into the collapsible tunnel and over the
final jump. I was so pleased with him. He did everything wrong that I was expecting,
but at the same time amazed me with his capabilities. I fully expected to lose him on
the left turn and for him to run around the collapsible tunnel to say hello to more
spectators, but he didnít do either.
I then had people coming up to me saying how happy he
looked, with Sue Bye saying that he smiled all the way around and looked so happy. That
means so much more to me than a clear round at this stage.
The second jumping run (on the same course) was
better still, with Dylan going into the pipe tunnel on the second attempt and running the
rest of the course beautifully. Unfortunately we still picked up an elimination because
he Ďcrashedí through a jump, which threw his stride out, so he couldnít get his footing
right for the next jump and went round it instead, taking the jump after. Did I care? Of
course not, we were having a great time.
The agility round was a bit of a
disaster though Iím afraid. Again a lovely wait on the start line, recall onto the dog
walk, but thatís when it all went wrong. Dylan decided it would be far better to use the
corner of the ring as a toilet, then do about five laps of the ring showing how fast he
could really run! When I did get him back on track he flew over the long jump and over
two hurdles into the pipe tunnel (no problem this time), out onto the see-saw, which
didnít touch the ground, and then went off again on another lap of honour. I was
determined to get him round the complete course, so got him set back up again, did the
next couple of jumps, then came his favourite piece Ė the A-frame Ė and guess what, yes
he missed it out. I decided that I really had taken up too much of the judgeís time at
this stage, so got Dylan over the last jump and left the ringÖ.I was still smiling
I didnít put Dylan round the
agility again as I thought he wouldnít improve much, if any, from his first run and also
three runs at his first show was plenty.
We have a training day
booked with Alan Bray so fingers crossed heíll learn even more. I have entered him at
the Tuffley show next month and even if heís still not jumping 2í 6Ē Iím going to enter
him just for ring experience.
With things improving all
the time, Iím certainly hopeful of a bright future... well it certainly wonít be dull!