Posted Date: November 1, 2007
This year's user-friendly snooker course offered something for everyone. By Anne Douglas and Leona Hellesvig
The course offered a variety of good combinations, whether you wanted to accumulate points or just earn the Q. Since the obstacles were set well apart, handlers didn't have to create a choppy course with lots of call-backs. "Whether you wanted to go for points or play it safe, either way, it was flowing," says Annette Alfonso, a competitor from Miami, Florida. Her Border Collie, Dealer, ran well in the 22-inch division. "Dogs have a lot of space to open up and run."
In Snooker, either 3 or 4 reds were permitted. The majority of handlers opted to attempt 4 reds. Some handlers attempted to do four 7s in the opening, but most followed some less aggressive, but fairly predictable, patterns. Most dogs did well in the opening, even managing to make up for dropping a red bar, taking another red and still going clear. Many of the dogs that didn't qualify were eliminated in the closing.
The A, B,C,D designations on the red jumps indicated here are an editorial addition for the purpose of this article.
The red jump labeled A was almost always followed by #4 and then B to #5. C was almost always followed by #7, and #D was followed equally by #6 or #7. There were many handlers who performed the same opening sequence.
Anne Douglas is the editor of DogSport Magazine (www.dogsportmagazine.com) and can be reached at email@example.com.
Leona Hellesvig has been engaged in dog sports since toddlerhood. She is very involved with junior handlers and 4-H in Minnesota. When not participating in dog activities, Leona is an elementary school music teacher.