SCOR Agility July 17-18, 2010 Chatham, NJ

Scraps entered to run two days at the NADAC agility trial sponsored by SCOR Agility to be held on July 17 through 18, 2010 at the St. Huberts training field, Chatham, NJ.  The weather on Saturday proved to be hot but the humidity wasn’t too high and there was no threat of rain, so while it was a semi-scorcher, in the low 90s, the weather was on our side.  At least we had a site somewhat in the shade with a good view of the field.  We have to remember that location under the big tree  for the next time we trail at St. Huberts.

As usual, Scraps is competing in this trial on virtually no recent formal practice or training.  It was amazing that  his first run of the morning was quick and confident and qualifying.  More surprising, he came in 2nd place on that run by 3 seconds.  Typically, if Scraps qualifies he comes in first place since he is pretty fast but this is NADAC, not CPE, and it is more challenging.  Scraps jumps at 12″ in NADAC not CPE’s 8″.  Speaking of which, Scraps did get measured officially and we filled out a form so hopefully we will get his permanent NADAC height card and not have to get measured again.  This may buy us 10 more minutes of sleep on trial days since we won’t have to get measured again.

To view day-1 slideshows of the photos in Picasa Web albums go to the links below:

The next 3 runs Scraps failed to qualify as he was having trouble hitting the contacts on the dog-walk, and in NADAC, miss one and it is “NQ” for you. Additionally, Scraps was spooked by something in one of the tunnels which impacted two of these three non-qualifying runs.  To end on a positive note, Scraps ran well and qualified in the last 2 runs of the day.  This included a weavers which required him to complete 3 sets of weave poles in one run.  Hoopers, the last event, was slow, methodical and most importantly, qualifying.

The trail seemed quick and well run.  The SCOR ladies are getting good at it, so we were done and on the road by 4:30.  That is pretty early for a Saturday of a full weekend trial.  Time for a well deserved dinner, drink and rest.  Tomorrow we do it all over again.  Until then, enjoy the videos and photos from the day.

Statistics from Day 1
  • Jumpers -12″ Std proficient
    Qualifying second place
  • Chances – 12″ Std proficient
    Not Qualifying
    40 seconds not clean
  • Regular – 12″ Std proficient
    Not Qualifying
    67.03 seconds and  0 time faults and 20 course faults
  • Touch N’ Go 12″ Std proficient
    Not Qualifying
    77.77 seconds and  17.05 time faults and 40 course faults
  • Weavers
    Qualifying
  • Hoopers
    Qualifying

Sunday, July 18, 2010 – Day 2

Day two started off nicely with a qualifying run and a first place ribbon.  Sunday seemed just a little cooler than Saturday but the weather was quite similar, moderate humidity with temperatures in the low 90s.  Fortunately we have shade and an occasional breeze so we were ready to go and go we went with an early morning qualifying run.

To view day-1 slideshows of the photos in Picasa Web albums go to the links below:

Jumpers was the second event and Kathy and Scraps ran smoothly under control and got their qualifying run and second place ribbon. One of the great little Jack Russells that were camping next to us beat us out once again. Nevertheless, a “Q” is a “Q.”

Tunnelers did not go as smoothly as the other two runs but Kathy kept he wits about her and kept Scraps under control and the two of them managed to pull a “Q” out of their collective asses.  I think this run really showed the experience of the Kathy and Scraps team to come out of a run with a “Q” when they don’t have their best stuff.  This was followed by another qualifying run and first place in touch N’ go.

The fifth run of the day was regular, and from the looks of it, it seemed as if it was a gift, at least that is what Kathy stated beforehand to jinx the run.  It was going well up to the weave poles where after 4 or 5 attempts, Scraps just couldn’t find the focus to get through them. It probably wouldn’t have mattered anyway as he missed the contact at the end of the run.

The day and the weekend concluded with an attempt at chances in the novice division.  This has the line you can’t step over  and you have to make you dog perform obstacles at a distance.  They were going well and even recovered from when Scraps didn’t enter the tunnel with some excellent handing on Kathy’s part but when it came to a 50-50 decision of A-frame or tunnel at a distance, Scraps took the easy tunnel of a gut-wrenching NQ right at the end of it all.

Nothing to be too upset about because NADAC is more exacting than CPE and we came out with 7 qualifying runs out of 12 attempts.  We may get to move up in a class or two as a result of the weekend so it was a really nice trial to participate in.

Statistics from Day 2
  • Hoopers -12″ Std proficient
    Qualifying first place
    35.02 seconds and 0 faults
  • Jumpers–  12″ Std proficient
    Qualifying second place
    32.27 seconds and 0 faults
  • Tunnelers – 12″ Std proficient
    Qualifying first place
    41.97 seconds and 0 faults
  • Touch N’ Go – 12″ Std proficient
    Qualifying first place
    42.6 seconds and 0 faults
  • Regular – 12″ Std proficient
    Not Qualifying
    53.43 seconds and  7.17 time faults and 10 course faults
  • Chances – 12″ Std proficient
    Not Qualifying

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