Here's a little recap with videos:
Round 1: standard - a great start to our weekend! One off-course at the weaves, but we made up for it with a great time, finishing second.
Round 2 jumpers: one knocked bar (my fault, I'm sure), but I think we finished with the fastest time out of all the novice dogs!
Round 3 FAST: A really nice run to finish day one. I gave him a really bad approach to the teeter (and a-frame) but we worked it out and finished with 62 points for first place.
Round 4 standard: We got off to a rough start with an off-course to the tunnel - I pretty much sent him there since I got behind after he broke his stay. We also had two refusals called at the table. In my attempt to keep him from jumping off the table, I micromanaged the approach a little too much. I think it might have worked if I had kept moving. Otherwise, a pretty nice run.
Round 5 JWW: The perfect way to end our DACOF weekend! The 5 (offset) jump ending had me more than a little worried, but he just smoked this run! Despite a few wide turns and my late front cross at the tunnel, this was a 19 second run! The only other novice dog under 20 seconds had 4 dropped bars. We finished in first place and over 16 seconds under SCT.
Yay Peyton! Needless to say, I'm on cloud 9...I never dreamed that he would have handled this kind of environment as well as he did. He was fast and focused and most important I'm pretty certain that he was having a BLAST - he was even barking during his runs! His contacts were awesome and he did a pretty good job with his start line stays too - AND I think I just might be starting to get an idea of how to handle him! :)
We had the best time this weekend - thanks again to my awesome team and all of our friends for sending their support and good wishes! Now we just have 2 days to recover before we head to Perry for the 4 day AKC trial - yikes! :)