Posted Date: November 12, 2005
Classes have been completed.
By Brenna Fender and Monica Percival, Clean Run
The same course was used for the Dog Agility Masters? International Three-Dog Team Championship Gamblers class and the Performance Versatility Pairs Gamblers 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
Martine Britwell came from Virginia to compete with her Shetland Sheepdog, Lucky. She says, "The jumpers course looks fun in that it's fast and furious. There are some great tight turns with some tricky traps. It's great to see top dogs running something fast and furious rather than something with tight turns, tight turns, tight turns."
Other handlers suggest that the course might have some very tricky parts. "This one could eat up a lot of people. It's going to be fun and fast," says Jody Faulkner, who runs Australian Shepherd Gracie. Floridian Shetland Sheepdog owner Kim Duff says, "It's tricky, but if you handle it right you'll get around it. It's sneaky at the end with that tight right turn."
The most challenging portion of the Team & Versatility Pairs Jumpers course occurs early on in the #5-#6-#7-#8 sequence. Dogs take the #6 jump and must wrap back into the far tunnel entrance. Competitors are handling this in different ways. Some are turning their dog to the left after #6, doing a pull turn so that the dog stays on the right. This avoids the wrong tunnel entrance but presents the dog with potential off courses at the #5 jump and the #8 tire. Other handlers are turning their dog to the right after #6 and doing a front cross to wrap their dogs around on their right, which can block the wrong entrance. However, this has been resulting in awkward moments and wasted time for some dogs. Another option is to turn the dog right over the jump, keeping the dog on the handler's left, and flipping him back to the correct end of the tunnel. This is working for handlers with excellent timing.
The rest of the course is going smoothly with assorted errors, including dropped bars and wide turns.
Keri Caraher ran the course with her Great Dane, Morgan, in between flyball runs. Caraher says, "That was a nice course. The one hard part that I saw was that tunnel and beyond that it was easy. I didn't do a front cross before the weaves and I think that would have tightened up my turn. I didn't enjoy the 'crank' at the end of the run. You go tunnel, jump, then crank!"
Texan Kevin Hofner, owner of Belgian Tervuren, Paris, says that he found a lot of interesting different options on the course. "They set up an early trap to get everybody worried and it caught a lot of dogs. Then it was smooth to the weave combination, but you could be wide to the chute. After that, it was pretty smooth. You had choices at the tunnel. if you ran the outside of the tunnel, you could then do a cross behind and get a nice tight turn at the end."
Course designed by judging panel.