This morning was Vegas' first Open JWW run. The course is below. We ran small to tall today and that gave me an opportunity to watch the others in the open level. One after one after one I watched them struggle - dogs knocking bars; dogs going in the wrong side of the tunnel; dogs going off course. I had walked the course enough times I felt fairly comfortable with it. I felt it had a nice flow and was not overly complicated - a nice feeling considering some of the courses I walked this week. Vegas pulled out all the stops for me today and it was an absolute wonderful feeling to walk off the course with my girl, so proud of her. Although we did not Q for this run, I'm certain I must have signaled her inadvertently and caused her to knock a bar. Otherwise it was a faultless run and she even took the 12 weaves without having to restart. This was especially important in Open because we are faulted for everything from missed entry, going past the plane of the obstacle, and incompletion. I'm told the reason dogs are knocking bars who normally would not has to do with the rubber matting we're running on and their decreased ability to get traction. I sure hope so as I thought we had broken that bad habit a long time ago. I think it was more about her shifting her body mid-air in response to a queue I gave her such as moving away too soon. Her run time was 36.23 seconds.
Clark County Fairgrounds. It'll be nice to run on good, old, familiar, horse-pooped-on dirt again.
One notable mention from this trial...there were SO few tunnels! I could not believe it as each day passed and we had one tunnel or fewer. In looking back over the courses, we had a total of 7 tunnels, one of which was optional for us that I used in our FAST class one day. The chutes were not included in this count but I don't worry about them too much because it doesn't require Vegas to be down so low for a prolonged period. She is still really tired tonight but I mostly think that has to do with four days of trialing plus the overstimulating environment.
Here are a few pictures from the trial:
Here's one more photo from the Rose City Classic, compliments of Nina's Photography: