2014 Crusty Classic and USDAA Nationals
We went to the 2014 USDAA Nationals where both Enzo and Slayte competed. Slayte didn’t have any clean runs, but Enzo had his best finals performances ever and finished 4th in PSJ.
Then we were on to the 2014 Crusty Classic, the California State Disc Championships that runs over two days. Muse won the championship last year and was looking to defend her title.
Saturday was rainy and windy. I entered Slayte in the intermediate division and won with a big score. Muse won the open division with a very strong performance.
Sunday was even windier, despite the forecast telling us it was supposed to be 9mph winds. That was a joke! It was cold and very windy. Only one other competition this year was windier, and that’s saying something as this was the windiest disc dog season I’ve had over the years competing. Muse got hit with the worst wind she’s had all year in her freestyle round and had a rough time of it. Somehow, she managed 71% catch ratio. That took her out of the running for the state championship, but we did the best we could. Slayte again won the intermediate division and won the award for the single highest round of toss/fetch for the entire weekend.
Key turned 6 months old at the competition and I debuted her in freestyle. Being such a young pup, freestyle simply means multiple discs (safe and simple). Jenn and I are amazed at her focus, drive and total professionalism on the field. It is amazing! When I walked out onto the field with her for the first time, it was like she had done it hundreds of times already. She is the most promising pup we have had and we are so lucky to have her. I can’t wait to see what she does in agility and disc in the coming years.
The highlight of the weekend for me was being able to retire Tooney from competition! Jenn competed with her Saturday and I competed Sunday so we could share the celebration 🙂 In the final throw of her career, she caught the disc right in the middle of the bullseye. It is fitting since as a team we were known to have consistently accurate throws and catches.
Key and Finn had a reunion Saturday night and they rumbled like Steve calls it, WWE style. It was a great time as they went non-stop over an hour! They won’t see each other again for several months, so I’m glad we had this time together.