Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Bar Hopping

I thought bar hopping sounded like more fun than bar crashing. :)

We had a really fun agility weekend! Aside from one spazztastic, stressy FAST run on Sunday morning, Peyton was pretty darn super for the rest of the trial. We ended up with just one (insert word of choice here) bar in each of our jumpers runs, had a flakey spotty moment followed later by a flakey blonde moment in Sunday's standard run, and he went around the tire near the end of a tricky standard course on Monday. So another Not-Quite weekend, but fun, nonetheless.

I find it funny (in a not-so-funny way) that one bar down in an otherwise clean run is starting to become a bit of a trend. This coming from the dog that very rarely (unless I am *super* obnoxious in my handling) knocks bars. Considering he really is a talented jumper, I don't take the bar knocking too seriously, but it is a tad bit frustrating. I'd like to say it's the footing or the heat or the stress or the ?...but honestly I just think it's bad luck. I've heard that this game is humbling, but at this point, I think I'm quite humble enough, thank you very much. ;)

Here are two jumpers runs on video. In the first run, I don't think that the judge noticed the bar at first, and not that I ever want a "gift", but I found it amusing/annoying that someone felt the need to tell her even after 2 bar setters ran in to fix the bar *right* in front of her. Too funny. :)

I was really, really happy with these runs! I thought he was pretty sluggish on Sunday (it was super hot and humid), but that was still a 29 second run and would have good enough for first in a large 24" class. Good spotty!

I think we are now "officially" on trial break until September and now that it's getting pretty miserable outside, I'm not going to complain too much. Breaks are definitely good (physically and mentally) so hopefully we'll come back well rested and ready to rock-n-roll in the fall. :)


Sarah Duke said...

You will. Peyton rocks and I'm sure the 24" crowd are secretly happy for the 1 bars. ;) Totally unlucky, he looks great.

Kim said...

Ha! I hope so...thanks!

Jenn said...

Nice runs!!!! Peyton looks less frantic than he has in the past I think! (LOL that is Steeler's latest word - and it describes some of his behavior perfectly!) Enjoy your break! Belly rubs to the pups!

Kim said...

Thanks Jenn! Yes, frantic is Peyton's middle name. :)

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Paula said...

Whaaa? Someone actually pointed that out to the judge?? Karma. That's all I'm sayin'.

Nice runs!!

Kim said...

Ha! I thought it was amusing. :) Thanks, Paula!