Posted Date: November 2, 2007
Tania Chadwick shares her experiences teaching this game to Japanese handlers.
The team from Japan has been traveling to the Cynosport Games for six years. One of their challenges has been the Snooker class. It wasn't too long ago that Japanese handler after handler were whistled out of Snooker within the first couple of obstacles. The Snooker class isn't offered at trials in Japan, so they have little-to-no experience with it in competition.
My introduction to the Japanese handlers was via the Team Snooker class last year, when I was able to clarify some particular rules for them. During the summer of this year, more questions regarding Snooker came via email and I sent back a rules chart and a handful of courses we had run throughout the year. It wasn't until today that I learned they had been practicing these courses routinely. I watched the team today and was amazed at their improvement. It was fun to watch Shinya Tominaga and his Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Jonathan, go for it and come out with a 53 point run. Team after team were going after all sevens and getting through the close; certainly a more aggressive course plan than I had laid out for myself!
Congratulations to the Team from Japan.
Tania Chadwick has been competing in USDAA for over 10 years. She currently runs her ADCH LAA-Silver Border Collie, Kidd, while trying to keep up with her three-year-old toddler.