Supported by Showoffs Rosettes
The time has come at last for Hazel Higgins of First Contact Agility Equipment to report on a final from a competitor’s angle instead of watching from the sidelines.
After struggling to get back to fitness after an injury two years ago, I somehow managed to qualify my little Medium dog Copper for the Dog Vegas Small/Medium G3-5 Combined final. Having qualified at Easter, the poor little dog never managed another round, training session or competition until we walked onto the final ring at the Dog Vegas show in August! Not much chance of us winning the lovely crystal clock that was the first place trophy. What's more there were 21 competitors booked in to run and I was running order 13!!
We all walked the course which was set by our judge, Heather Mitchell. Thank you, Heather for stepping in at the last minute for Gill Blanchard was due to judge. At the last minute she decided that she preferred to compete in the Final as that weekend she had managed to qualify herself. Well done, Gill!
It was a lovely flowing course that was set. There were a couple of little traps at the beginning that created a couple of eliminations. Dogs going from jump 1 to number 4 (the tunnel) and jump 1 to back jump number 3. There was a lovely little teaser near the end with the tunnel under the dog walk – causing a couple of dogs to lose some time on the way to the finish while they waited for the handlers to catch up.
We ended up with 5 faults, when my little boy completely missed the dog walk. Because I was so intent on getting to the other end, I must have just pulled him of it – definitely a case of great dog – shame about the handler!
I feel that overall the course ran really well and was a very fair test to dogs and handlers. It was a great final, with a lovely atmosphere – thank you to the crowd for your support.
Congratulations to everyone on getting there, especially to the top three places, a couple of rising stars here.
Thank you to Jackie Kenny and the rest of the Dog Vegas team for organising and sponsoring the final. Thank you to Cheryl at Show Offs rosettes for sponsoring the heats and proving us with some top quality rosettes. Thank you to all of the shows that held the heats and to Kathrin for judging the final.
Thank you to www.memoriesinpictures.co.uk for supplying the photographs.
We look forward to doing it all again in the 2011 final. For information on the heats and final for 2011, email Jackie at firstname.lastname@example.org