From #3-#4, handlers had their first real test. Dogs that turned to their left were presented with the #8 off-course jump. but, if they stayed on course to #4, they were angled in a way that presented the #5 weaves instead of the #11 off-course. Dogs that turned to their right over #3 had to avoid #2 and faced a tougher turn to the weaves.
After the weaves, there was another major challenge. Many handlers that hurried ahead to front cross after the long jump earned faults at the teeter. There were missed contacts and fly-offs. Handlers who managed the teeter were caught behind and were more likely to earn an off-course at the #14 jump after the long jump.
There were a few misses in the #12-#13-#14 serpentine. Dogwalk down contacts were a bit tough for those who were moving toward the #19 tunnel. But, those handlers that stuck close to the dogwalk were behind when their dogs exited the tunnel, and this occasionally caused spins or misdirection before #20.
After running agility, many competitors headed over to the course-a-lure area to blow off some steam. Jessica Brown's Vendetta
and Annie DeChance's Pinky
both had a great time chasing!
The Halloween contest was a lot of fun! Some of the costumes were amazing. "Most Elaborate Costume" winner Jessica Brown was "The Phantom of the Opera." She made an entrance into the contest with music from "Phantom" as accompaniment. Her dogs played the parts of the Phantom, Raoul, and Christine, and each of the dogs' handlers wore custom T-shirts with lines from the musical. Jessica herself was the crashing chandelier in a costume she hand-made using 99 feet of beads! It took her two months of part time work to create that costume. See all the contest winners here
The Phantom of the Opera, created by Jessica Brown.
The crowded cheered competitors on.
The Performance Speed Jumping Championships and the $10,000 Steeplechase Championships were hotly contested. See Saturday's courses and results.
16" 2014 Performance Speed Jumping Champion Kesley Kirkpatrick and Ace with Cynosport reporter Julie Daniels.
It was a fun evening!
Check out these photos from the day:
All photos courtesy of Karen Moureaux, dogsportphotos.com.