We went to a USDAA trial a couple weekends ago and I'm just getting a chance to write about it now. I've been focusing more on work than blogging lately, which is good :). In December I'm heading to Warsaw on a business trip which should be... interesting. On December 5th I'll arrive home from AKC invitationals around midnight and then head to Poland the next morning. I guess I'm just glad that I don't have to miss AKC Invitationals for the business trip. But this is the 3rd year in a row that I'll miss the December Bay Team UDSAA trial. I really wanted to go this year because they have rubber contacts!
The USDAA trail we just came back from was a weird experience for me. It was weird because I wasn't running Icon (he has been on a break since USDAA nationals... returning this weekend at an AKC trial!) and Rampage got lots of Q's, but I wasn't happy with many of his runs. How weird is that?
My video camera is broken so I don't have any videos from the weekend, but a friend was there on Saturday and was able to video some of our runs.
Apollo qualified in everything I entered him in, although he hit the broadjump in Rd 1 SC and dropped a bar in Rd 2 SC. I only got his Saturday Jumpers run on tape.
Apollo Jumpers NAF USDAA 11-13-10 from debbie chun on Vimeo.
Rampage qualified in pretty much all of his non-tournament events (aside from one Snooker and one Jumpers where I pulled him for breaking his startline stay). They weren't pretty Q's though. So he got 2 Standard Qs for his AD title and is now in Masters Jumpers, Gamblers and Pairs (!). I certainly don't feel like we're ready for masters in any of those categories and I apologize now for all of our future pairs partners :).
Rampage Sat Standard
Rampage Standard NAF USDAA 11-13-10 from debbie chun on Vimeo.
Rampage Sat Gamblers
Rampage Gamblers NAF USDAA 11-13-10 from debbie chun on Vimeo.
When I watch his videos I really don't like how Rampage jumps 26". I don't notice it when I'm running him, I just notice that he feels slow. But watching the video he struggles at 26". Once he gets into masters I think I'll switch him to performance 22" for a while to see if he just needs to mature a bit still.
Rampage Sat Jumpers
Rampage Jumpers NAF USDAA 11-13-10 from debbie chun on Vimeo.