Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Lots of Firsts!

Pico and I had our first 2-day trial at Medina Swarm Agility Club on July 6 & 7, 2013. We ran 3 courses each day: On Saturday, we ran Fullhouse Level 2; Standard Level 2; and Snooker Level 2.
On Sunday, we ran: Colors Level 3; Standard Level 2; and Jackpot Level 1.

Our Agility Instructor was there to run our classmate Karma! It was wonderful to be at a trial with Jessica for the first time as she is a nice, calming influence and a fantastic resource! Pico spent time sitting on her lap and I did not have the presence of mind to get a picture. We will need to have a reenactment!

Pico ran FullHouse Level 2 for his first run of the weekend. Our requirements were that we perform 3 Single Jumps, 2 Circles, 1 Contact, and accumulate at least 21 points before going to the Table to stop the clock. Looking back now, 3 days later, I honestly can't remember the course we chose! Pico earned a Q with 23 points running the course in 33.56 seconds (40 second SCT).  I feel much more confident now that Pico can run Full House without being drawn to the table so we can start playing for more points now!

We also ran Standard Level 2 where Pico saw Weave Poles in a trial for the very first time!  Since Pico is not yet consistent with the Weaves even during practice, my plan was to send him once and then move on. I didn't think it would be fair to risk stressing him out the first time. During the course, He attempted the Teeter, got about halfway up, looked very confused when it didn't pivot, and ran back down for a fault. At the weave poles, he only took the first pole (he had a correct entry though!) so we did not Qualify. He looked pretty happy to be playing though and I am thrilled about that!

The last Saturday run was Snooker Level 2. With Jessica's help, we mapped out a Snooker using Obstacle 2 after each Red Jump. Pico successfully completed the Snooker and then, during the Close, took the wrong end of the tunnel at #5 which ended his points accumulation. Because we had chosen to use Obstacle 2 in our open, we only had 18 of our required 28 points, so no Q. Again, he was happy to be out there and stayed right with me so I was happy.

During our second run of the day, Standard Level 2, Pico completely refused the Teeter 2 times for a major fault, I kept him moving right on to the Weaves! He took the first 2 and popped out, so I turned him around, trying my best to act just as I do in practice, and asked him to 'Weave'... AND HE DID! I can't even tell you how exciting that was! Pico got lots of chicken baby food for that one!

Our last run was Jackpot Level 1. Now that I was more comfortable with Snooker, I thought it was time to finally gamble (pun fully intended) and try a Jackpot. When I read the rules (see below), I wasn't really sure what I was getting myself into!

As it turned out, almost everyone in the place had as many questions as I did and it was the longest judges briefing I've ever been in!
My plan was to run Tunnel, A Frame, Jump for our Opening Gamble (Jackpot) and then to accumulate the necessary 12 points by turning Pico around and running: Jump (1), A Frame (5), Combo Jumps (5), Tunnel (3), Tunnel (3) and Table.
I couldn't run Pico to the table to stop the game until the first whistle blew so when I was done running my plan, I just started adding obstacle in! I was so relieved to hear the whistle and get him to the table because, by getting a Qualifying score on this course, we had successfully completed our Level 1 CPE!!
{Pico, CL1-R, CL1-H, CL1-S, CL1-F, CL2-H}
So, even though our Qs were only 2/6, we sure accomplished some great things and had 2 fun-filled days! I couldn't ask for a better little teammate if I tried!

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