Posted Date: November 10, 2005
Class has been completed.
The class has been completed.
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For a list of competitors, go to http://www.usdaa.com/specialevents/competitorInfo.pdf.
Performance Speed Jumping is scored on a time plus faults basis and follows Steeplechase rules except that it is one round only. It utilizes standards of USDAA's Performance Program, which was introduced in 1998 for those who wished to pursue the strategies of the game without the more rigorous obstacle training required for international championship competition. The Performance Program offers lower jump heights of 8", 12", 16" and 22", a lower A-frame, the absence of spread hurdles and more time allowed to complete the course without penalty.
This class shall be conducted pursuant to USDAA Performance Program rules. Scoring in each round shall be on a time plus faults basis with a five-point penalty added to a competitor's performance for each occurrence of a fallen hurdle or missed contact. Running the wrong course shall be scored as an elimination as determined under Masters level rules. No refusals or missed weave poles shall be penalized; however, all obstacles must be completed before continuing on the remainder of the course.
There are 154 dogs competing on the Performance Speed Jumping course.
Pre-Run Competitor Comments
Lori Sage, owner of Shetland Sheepdog Mikaela, says, "I like the Speed Jumping course. There are challenges as far as it's mostly rear crosses. So if you can do those... She [Mikaela] is good at rear crosses. It should be fast!"
Nancy Gyes is also running the Speed Jumping course with her Border Collie, Riot. Gyes says, "It's middle-level in the challenge department. It's a nice, open course, and there aren't really any tight turns, which is good for the performance dogs."
The Performance Speed Jumping course was flowing and open with many side changes. Fast moving dogs were presented with various off course opportunities. Many dogs ran clean but not smoothly.
Most dogs ran the first five jumps in a straight line. Many handlers in the eight and 12" jump height were able to run with their dogs, but very fast small dogs and many big dogs needed a lead out to get them successfully through jump five. A lot of handlers needed multiple rear crosses to negotiate #9 through #15. If a dog was not on the correct lead at jump 15 it resulted in spins or wide turns. Some dogs even ran around jump #16 because they couldn't turn tightly enough; this was particularly a problem for handlers who were attempting to front cross between #16 and #17.
Handlers seemed to enjoy the course. Lori Sage, whose Shetland Sheepdog, Mikaela, turned in a speedy approximately 28 second run, says "It was a great course; it ran really good for me." Geoff Goudy, who ran Border Collie Secret, says "This is great for the performance dogs -- a course of nothing but jumps. Younger dogs enjoy it, younger dogs enjoy it..." Diane Allen, owner of nearly 10-year-old Border Collie Lucy, says, "We don't do sharp angles well, so we spend a lot of time onthe herky jerky part. But it was fun!"
Connecticut resident Mary Mersereau and her seven-year-old All American, Jetta, had a particularly wonderful time on the course. When Jetta was four months old, her veterinarian said that the dog had severe hip dysplasia and arthritis and would never do agility. At a year old Jetta had bilateral FHO surgery. Mersereau went to school to learn physical therapy in order to help Jetta recover. Jetta is now in no pain, and Mersereau was thrilled to compete in the Performance Speed Jumping ring. She says, "It was fun and fast!"
Course designed by the judging panel.