This is a couple weeks overdue, but better late than never...
The weekend Vegas and I were supposed to be at the AKC Agility Invitational in Long Beach, CA, instead we were at a CPE trial in Turner, OR. We weren't able to make it to Long Beach; the cost was too prohibitive, sadly.
We went into the trial with only two legs left needed from one of the games (Jackpot) to complete our Level 3 title. Knowing we only had one chance was kind of a bummer but we'll get it the next time around in 2011. My goal would be for Vegas to have her C-ATCH before the end of 2011.
Alright, so Saturday brought us Full House followed by Standard, Snooker, and Jumpers. Vegas was running really well that weekend and having a lot of fun. It was quite cool, but not like last year for the same trial where we were all fighting to stay warm with it in the teens.
Here is the first course:
Next up was Standard. We had a combined Levels 4, 5, and C course which is pretty normal. What wasn't normal was only have sets of 6 weaves. It meant we needed to perform them twice, but it was fairly odd for Vegas, I think, as she didn't expect to be done so quickly. Here's the course:
Here's where things stalled out a bit. Levels 3, 2, and 1 were broken down into individual courses. Even though some of those levels only had 10 dogs or so in the entire class, a course had to be set, walked, and then run. It was a couple hours before we were done waiting for all the standard levels to be complete.
Our third run of the day was Snooker. I used to make this course into a nemesis but since I got over that head game, it's actually kind of fun. Fortunately I have some good friends who run CPE with me and are good at planning course strategy, too, and that helps. Sometimes the course they choose works for me - and others it does not, but it's nice to bounce ideas off each other.
Last up for Saturday, and thankfully not the last run of the weekend, was Jumpers. Here's the course:
It was a nice way to end the day and helped to soften the blow of not being in Long Beach with the rest of the Pacific NW competitors.
Our Sunday lineup included Jackpot, Standard, Wildcard, and Colors. Jackpot we have struggled with the last couple of trials in that I seem to plot a poor course and run out of time without accumulating enough points. Here is what we were faced with that Sunday morning:
Yay for Vegas Qing and earning one out of the two remaining legs we needed for our Level 3 title.
Then we had Standard.
Our next run and the seventh of the weekend was Wildcard. This is another fun course where, in my mind, I get to choose the lesser of two evils three times. :) Whereas a lot of people like to choose tunnels when they can, I, of course, rarely do, for Vegas' sake. Our selections were 2B (the invisible double), 6B, and 8A.
Our last run was Colors. Both Colors and Wildcard are great runs to finish the weekend with, in my opinion. They're shorter courses, usually just 10-12 obstacles, and don't require a ton of brain power (like Snooker). They're quick and keep everyone moving in and out of the ring. Did I mention they're fun? Here's our Colors course:
I haven't filled out my book yet to see how many legs for everything we need in Level 4 but my goal is definitely achievable. I'm anxious to push through and be done with CPE for Vegas because it's really becoming a tunnel heavy venue and the older she gets the more I worry about that. She didn't show any wear for the weekend, fortunately, but she's quite the pampered princess with taking her supplements (Body Sore) and sleeping on a heated bed.