Posted Date: November 11, 2005
Classes have been completed.
By Brenna Fender and Monica Percival, Clean Run
The same course is used for the Dog Agility Masters? International Three-Dog Team Championship Standard Agility class and the Performance Versatility Pairs Standard Agility class.
613 handlers are competing in Team Standard and 142 in Versatility Pairs Standard.
For a list of competitors, go to http://www.usdaa.com/specialevents/competitorInfo.pdf.
For complete results, go to http://www.usdaa.com/article.cfm?newsID=184.
For background information, class description, and scoring on either the Dog Agility Masters? International Three-Dog Team Championship or Performance Versatility Pairs event, please refer to http://www.usdaa.com/article.cfm?newsID=169.
Pre-Run Comments from Competitors
When looking at the Dog Agility Masters Team and Versatility Pairs Standard course, many exhibitors had the same impression: "Running contacts are going to be trouble."
Californian Karey Krauter says, "Running dogwalk people are in trouble out there because there's a jump 12 feet in front of the dogwalk that you aren't supposed to take." International competitor Sherry Kluever agrees: "Standard has some good challenges, especially if you have running contacts. There are some interesting lines you can lose time on or make up time on, depending on how you run it." Kluever is running both her Border Collie, Ransom, and her veteran Jack Russel Terrier, Frisco, on the course.
Another challenge faces handlers with dogs who don't have a lead-out. Californian Holly Newman will be running her All American, Jasmine, without leading out. "The biggest challenge is going to be getting her into the right end of the tunnel at the beginning."
The first challenge in the Team & Versatility Pairs Standard course is moving from the second jump to the tunnel. Many big jumping dogs are landing very close to the wrong tunnel entrance. Some handlers are using lead-out pivots to force the dogs into the right entrance. Other options include rear crosses behind jump #2 or V-sets.
Another big problem area occurs after the chute. Dogs are exiting the chute facing the off-course jump #19. Some competitors are running hard to do a front cross after the chute to block the off-course option. This allows the handlers to finish the #16-#17-#18 sequence off the right. This move is having mixed results.
Stacy Peardot-Goudy, who has qualified for the USDAA Grand Prix of Dog Agility the last 12 years in a row, ran the course this morning and had a great time. "It was very fun! The challenges were definitely there but they were handler challenges, so you could let your dog really run. I enjoyed it!"
"It's challenging. It's a nice course," says Guy Blancke of Smooth Moves Agility, who is enjoying his fourth USDAA National event. "You can find the flow but the tire and the jump after the tire is a bit awkward."
Blancke appreciates having multiple options on the course. "There are alternatives. You aren't stuck with one move," he says. "What's a shame is that the scribe tent takes up a bit of the ring and it squashes up the [closing] sequence," he adds.
Course designed by the judging panel.