We had a fun weekend at an AKC trial. Rammy had three good runs and now is in Exc B Std as well as JWW. I need to decide what to do with him jump-height wise now that he's totally in Exc B. I am against dogs that measure into 20" jumping 24". This stems from the times that Apollo lost a 1st or 2nd place due to a 20" border collie beating him. It won't be as important once July comes and they stop giving multipliers for 1st and 2nd, but I would still hate to be taking a 1st place ribbon or toy away from a true 24" dog. Not that Rampage is so SUPER FAST that he'd always win at 24", but I still don't think it's fair.
So I have to decide if I'll enter him 20 or 26. I'm pretty happy with how he's jumping 24 but I really didn't like how he looked at 26 at the USDAA shows he did. But our last USDAA was 3 or 4 months ago so it could be possibly he's matured a bit and will handle 26" better, but then maybe the 2" increase pushes him over the edge. I do train with Rampage at 26" but Rammy at trials ≠ Rammy in practice. He's a quirky boy.
As mentioned above, Rammy had 3 nice runs last weekend. But the 4th... oh, that was not pretty.
But while Rammy's run was not pretty, it was nothing compared to Icon's JWW run! I feel sorry for the poor guy. He knew where to go but I totally got lost and forced him over the wrong jump. He was so confused... My excuse is that I barely got to walk the course since I was running Apollo in Open Std in the other ring and then I was discombobulated after Rammy's disaster run just a couple minutes before. And my pants kept falling down. That never helps.
But I'll end with a couple good runs!
I didn't get any videos of Apollo since he was in Open and Exc A. He's moving up the performance ranks quickly, but damn what a stupid rule to make dogs go back to novice.