Posted Date: October 23, 2010
Course analysis, results, and photos. Article by Annie DeChance and Brenna Fender. Photos by Karen Moureaux.
Every year at the Cynosport Games, the quality of competition gets better. This year's field of Performance competitors was top notch, turning in fast and exciting runs similar to those seen in the Championship Finals. The course, judged by Carol Voelker, was both challenging and fun to watch.
The 8" class was made up of all Pembroke Welsh Corgis. They all turned impressively tight from #9 to #10, and most (but not all) of them wrapped around #9 to the right rather than the left. All of the little dogs turned in clean runs.
The 12" class did not have universally tight turns from #9 to #10. They also did not all run clean, with several missed dogwalk contacts to their credit. There was also one faceplant after the A-frame and a seesaw flyoff.
In the 16" class, there were many tight turns, but the #3-#4 turn was sometimes wide. Two dogs went off course from the #11 tire to the #14 jump. Two dogs had trouble in the #12-#13 area.
The 22" dogs had the most contact problems: three missed A-frames and two missed dogwalks. Other problems included a refusal at the A-frame and at #9 and #15, and knocked bars at #12 and #13. The #14 off-course after #11 beckoned one dog in this class, but he did not sucumb.
Overall, #12-#13 caused problems for handlers, with wide turns and accidental threadles between the two jumps. At least one dog also knocked bars is this area of the course. But the quality of the competition was quite high, and the Finals, which went off without a glitch, were very fun to watch.
Congratulations to the 2010 Cynosport World Games Performance Grand Prix Champions:
8" Class Results
1st Janelle Julyan & Eve 0 faults/39.08 seconds
2nd Donna Brown & Morgan 0 faults/41.07 seconds
3rd Darlene Paul & Tobi 0 faults/42.76 seconds
12" Class Results
1st Barbara Davis & Rock-It 0 faults/35.94 seconds
2nd Joan Meyer & Neil 0 faults/36.33 seconds
3rd Laura Fearn & Sierra 0 faults/36.72 seconds
16" Class Results
1st Jerry Simon & Tango 0 faults/32.91 seconds
2nd Marcus Topps & Juice 0 faults/33.15 seconds
3rd Roseanne DeMascio & Kiba 0 faults/33.31 seconds
22" Class Results
1st Ann Koening & Josh 0 faults/34.90 seconds
2nd Carrie Jones & Jive 0 faults/35.29 seconds
3rd Anne Andrle & Ski 0 faults/36.85 seconds
Annie DeChance lives in Phoenix, Arizona and has competed with mixed breed dogs adopted from local shelters for the last 15 years.
Brenna Fender is the editor for the USDAA's subscriber services portion of the website. She is also a freelance writer, wife, and parent of two dogs, two rabbits, and two children. Please contact Brenna at Bfender@usdaa.com with comments, questions, or submissions.