Stewie earned his S-EAC title on New Years Day 2011 with a 1st place Q! This was at Addicted to Agility’s trial at N. Smithfield RI with judge Roger Coor. It was an awesome run with great weave poles with a time of 37.72. The 2nd regular run that day was the same course turned around, and Stewie had another blazing fast with with great poles, and beat his own time by 3 seconds with a time of 34.73!
You need to have 40 Elite Regular Q’s to earn the Superior title. Great job Stewie!
According to my records, Stewie has gotten 7 Regular Q’s since August 1, 2010 toward Championshops 2011!
Ace’s trial in Mt Holyoke started with Elite Chances. Stewie was wired and did not hold his start line. I really need to get serious about this. We were not connected in this run but I did get him into the #7 tunnel and out over the #8 jump, but then he came in and took the jump. Only two Elite dogs Q’ed in this run.
The next run was Elite Touch and Go. It was a fun course, with 2 A-frames, and two contact discriminations. The run was fast and fun, and Stewie got the out to the # 5 tunnel, the only other spot I was worried about was the last tunnel, it was a turn off the A-frame, and I was afraid that if I was too far behind I would not be able to turn him in time. I was able to turn him no problem and it was a Q and a 1st place run.
Elite Regular was next, it was a really nice course, but somehow Stewie ran by jump #5, and then back jumped it, we kept going and the rest of the run was beautiful. I was able to send him out to tunnel # 17 and get running along the dog walk to keep up with him. He had a fabulous entry to the weaves, and weaved beautifully. He also got the discrimination to # 13 perfectly. All in all a great run except for the bobble in the beginning.
Here was the tunnelers course, not as pretty as Regular, I had to call him hard a couple of places, and one wide turn, but we got a Q and a 2nd.
I helped course build and this course looked really crowded, but it walked a lot better than it looked and it ran like a dream! It was a smooth, focused, fast and fun run, and Stewie got a Q and a 1st place win. What a great boy, and he was still raring to go at the end of the day! I wished we could have tried Chances again, once I got the edge off of him.
All in all 4 great runs, 3 Q’s, two 1sts, and a 2nd place.
Tags: ace, agility trial. Stewie, Chances, Elite Chances, elite jumpers, Elite Regular, elite tunnelers, Jack Russell Terrier, mt holyoke, NADAC, nadac touch and go, stewieJRT
Kudos to Ray Wheeler, our great judge this weekend at Addicted to Agility, and for another great trial Michelle and Mike, have an awesome time in Tennessee at the NADAC Nationals!
Our first run was Chances and it was doable! I Unfortunately there were no course maps at all to make copies from. There was a send out and then the dogs had to come back in, and I didn’t pull Stewie quick enough and pulled him off a jump. What a dunce! Other than that it was a great run and I was proud of Stewie’s performance.
Jumpers was next and it was a really tight and tough one. I actually did a front cross to turn Stewie off a tunnel, and I think I performed it correctly and the brat cut behind me and took the tunnel after all. No Q there.
Regular was next and the first set of poles was the 2nd obstacle, after the start hoop. Mary thought he was get the poles since he wouldn’t have gotten up to speed yet. But he blasted by them and I had to bring him back.
Regular 2: The poles were the 2nd to last obstacle and he got them first try and weaved great! Yahoo! Too bad we had missed a jump earlier in the run, drat!
We did redeem ourselves in Tunnelers and got a Q and a 3rd place. That Q gave Stewie his Superior Tunnelers Title, that is 200 points in Elite Tunnelers. Michelle gave us a title ribbon.
Boy was it hot, even hotter than Saturday and less of a breeze. Stewie was hot but he was also a trooper. The first run of the day was Touch and Go. It was fun but we took an off course so we didn’t get a Q.
Next was Tunnelers, and it was a great course, not a lot of traps, lots of opportunities to “go on”and we got a Q and a blue.
We even got an Elite Hoopers Q and blue! It was the first Hoopers course that really flowed and it was actually fun.
Regular, oh regular, we can’t get a Q in regular. It was a great course, but we just can’t get a set of weaves at all in competition. He did get his contacts, and I did a lot of sending and layering, so it was still a good run.
Here are some pics that Terri Fischer(Kirby’s mom) very nicely took of Stewie at Dummerston on Saturday! Thanks Terri!
Sunday started off drizzly but nice and cool for the dogs to run. Our first run was Touch and Go. I was so worried about Stewie having an off course after the A frame to the #1 Hoop that I pulled him in too far and he missed the #10 hoop, before I could call him, he barrelled into the next tunnel. My mistake, other than that it was a fun run.
Our first regular run was awesome. Stewie did a great start line stay, and we were in sync the whole course. Boy does that feel great. This run was a Q and a 1st place! Here is the course map:
It had the same setup after the A-frame, this time I just stayed laterally away from the A frame and said “Here”. The next tricky spot was 18 to 19. Stewie will usually chose the contact over the tunnel for the discrimination, so I had to really run to get there in time to get the out tunnel. When I added the Q to Stewie’s NADAC point chart, I found out it was his 200 point Regular Q. Now he has his Outstanding Regular Title! 3 more Q’s til his Regular Natch points are done.
In regular 2 we faced the out tunnel discrimination again at 16-17. I just couldn’t make it there in time, I called out tunnel, and tried to push, but we went off course, so no Q.
Next was Chances, I started feeling really stressed when I went out to walk the course. Mary came out and walked it with me, even though Lexi had started limping so she wasn’t running it. We thought it looked a lot more doable than Saturday’s course. Here it is:
Mary was worried about Stewie going off course to the dummy jump after Jump 6 esp after I told her I was doing a front cross. She said to be really careful not to face the dummy jump or he would take it.
Here is my plan, I started on the left so I could back cross after # 3 to turn Stewie into the #4 tunnel and not risk a off course to the dummy tunnel under the A frame. It worked like a charm and he came out of the tunnel and went right out to # 5 and # 6, I did the front cross and called him, while facing #8 and he turned perfectly and sailed over # 7 and went on to 8 and I said tunnel and off he went! I called him in time and we finished and got the Q!!!! Hurray, this finished Stewie’s Elite Chances title and also his Elite Versitility Award!!
What a great weekend we had! Our distance practice paid off big time.
The NADAC trial in Dummerston Vt started with Elite Jumpers, here is the course map:
This was a great run, the only thing that went wrong was Stewie turned the wrong way after jump #11, but he came back, it only cost us a little time. He earned a Q and a 3rd place, with less than a second behind the 1st place dog.
Our 2nd run was Hoopers, and our first shot at Elite Hoopers. I thought I had a pretty good plan, and Stewie is really good at serpentines, at least jump serpentines, but we had to take 3 tries at the 3 hoop one. We did get it and got all the challenges, but we went over time. Silly hoopers!
Here is our 1st regular course. It was a fun course to run and we got a Q and a 1st place! Stewie did great weaves and contacts, but didn’t stop on his dogwalk.
This is the course turned around,with a fast straightaway start, and an out to the tunnel. I was of course behind him and he went up the dog walk, so no Q for round 2.
Here is the Elite Chances course, it looked really hard and it was. It had the same dog walk/tunnel discrimination that the Regular course did, but at a big distance. Most dogs took the dogwalk, Stewie included, and Not A Single Elite or Open dog Q’ed at this course. The few dogs that got the discrimination went astray somewhere else.
Oh well…………..we’ll keep trying
This is the first regular course on Sunday. I decided to handle the serpentine 4-6 from behind, and after 6, just send him to the poles. He got the entry and weaved very well. We made the tunnel/A frame discrimination and then went off course afterward, bummer.
Touch and Go was the first run on Sunday am. It was a really fast and fun course. Stewie was really fast but still in control, which is the way to go! He was going so fast on the top of the dogwalk that I didn’t think he would make the contact, but Mary said he strided right through it. A Q and a first place and afterward I also found out it gave Stewie his Outstanding Touch and Go Title!