Yearly Archives: 2008
Here’s Tooney’s PVP Standard run. She missed the dogwalk contact and then almost took the number 9 jump instead of the number 8 jump but since it wasn’t a tunnel she called off of it and I was able to fix it. Enzo leapt his aframe contact again and because of that I couldn’t push him to the 14 jump and he ran past it and then backjumped it. I also think it probably would have been faster to wrap to the right instead of the left on jump 18.
Here’s Tooney and Enzo’s PSJ runs. I handled them a little differently. Normally I try to handle them the same. For Enzo I handled 4-6 as a serpentine and rear crossed 6. For Tooney, I left her in the weaves a little and front crossed between 4 and 5. Both ways worked fine. I didn’t think I’d be able to get far enough away from the weaves to get a timely front cross in for Enzo.
The other place I handled them differently was from the 12 tunnel to the weaves. For Enzo I pulled to the 13 jump and then rear crossed jump 15. The line from 13 to 15 on the actual course was a little straighter than on the map which was why I didn’t cross behind number 14. With Tooney I front crossed on the landing side of jump 13. That almost pushed her out to the off course jump. I didn’t want to handle that line with her the way that I did for Enzo because I was worried that the rear cross would pull her off the weave entrance. Enzo actually has better weave entrances than Tooney does, but is not as good with me leaving him laterally in the weaves.
The ending line I should have rear crossed number 18. I thought I could be even with them for the push but I wasn’t. I was a little bit worried that putting pressure on that jump would send them into the tunnel instead.
Tooney was clean but with the wide turns her time wasn’t nearly good enough to make the finals. She ended up 17th and they took 10. Enzo had another missed contact but with his wide turn before the aframe and the spin at the end, his time still would have been just out of the finals. His time would have put him in 13th if he didn’t miss the contact.
Enzo missed the aframe contact for sure and I think he may have missed the dogwalk too but didn’t get called. The refusal after the chute was my fault for not supporting the jump enough. I didn’t think about the fact that he would be blind coming out of the chute and I was worried about him going wide after that jump. Even with the refusal his time was only 0.02 seconds behind the last dog to make it into the finals so if we had been clean he could have gotten into the finals!
Tooney ended up going off course. After the number 6 jump she touched the aframe.
We’re home now from Nationals. This morning I did the European jumpers course. Enzo did really well, just had one really wide turn where he actually ran out of the ring and around a post for the ring before coming back. I didn’t decelerate before the 180 turn. oops! Tooney went off course again! She definitely suffered from tunnel sucking this weekend. Don’t know what’s going on with her but I’m really happy with how Enzo was running with the exception of his contacts of course. It’s just bad timing that he decided to start blowing them the week before nationals! He was really fast and focused all weekend and paid attention on some pretty tough courses. I just need to keep working on my timing with turning cues to get him tighter. He did great for a 2.5 year old at his first nationals!
Oh and we also did a couple of private lessons with Melissa Heeter and got some interesting tips from her and some drills to work on.
I didn’t get a post out yesterday because after 6 runs in the heat, I was just wiped out, mentally and physically.
Yesterday, our first run was PNS semifinals. Enzo ran first again. He was pretty close on his dogwalk contact, completely leaped over his aframe contact, and then I pulled him off a jump for a refusal. Other than that though he had a pretty nice run. Even with the refusal, his time ended up being just .02 seconds behind the last dog to make it into the finals so without the refusal and the missed contact he could have made it in! Tooney’s run in PNS ended pretty early as she went off course after just 5 or 6 obstacles if that. Should have been an easy wrap but she just blasted off towards the aframe.
Next was Performance Speed Jumping. Enzo had a pretty nice run, with a couple wide turns but missed his aframe contact. Tooney had a clean run but a couple really wide turns so she didn’t end up with a great time. Enzo’s time was faster by 2 seconds. I checked the results this morning and Tooney ended up in 17th place and Enzo if he had been clean would have been in 13th so he still wouldn’t have made it into the finals.
Last run of the day was team standard. Enzo got his dogwalk contact this time but leapt over the aframe contact and then ran past the next jump and back jumped it. Tooney ended up missing her dogwalk contact but managed to stay on course this time.
Today was team gamblers. Both dogs did good this time but you can’t really mess up gamblers! The “gambler” this time was just after the buzzer point were doubled and you have to cross the finish jump before the closing time was over. Enzo got one of his aframe contacts but not the other. We’re really going to have to work this when we get home!
Tommorrow is our last run with European Jumpers!