|Beckett at his first Regionals as a competitor.|
|Beckett and Keltic just hangin out.|
On Saturday, Regionals began with the general walk-through at 8:00 am. Sounds early but it was actually a reasonable time, when the Championships for Ontario are hosted as one event, the walk-through is usually around 6:30 am. We had Gamblers first, the main Gamble was a jump out to the far end of a tunnel, then 6 weaves and then a send to a jump. We had a really nice opening getting both mini gambles and achieving a respectable 37 points. On the main Gamble, when I sent Beckett to the tunnel, I was too far down the gamble line and he crossed through the weaves to get to the tunnel.
|Eastern Ontario Regionals Standard 1|
Last for the day was our Jumpers run, Beckett did just amazing. I actually don't recall much of the run as it went so well. The course time was 41 seconds and we ran it in 31.65 seconds or 4.9 yards per second. That's pretty fast for us, we are usually in the mid 4's.
|Eastern Ontario Regionals Jumpers 1|
|Eastern Ontario Regionals Jumpers 2|
Our second run on Sunday was the Standard, and again just one little bobble kept us from going clean. I had hoped to get a front cross in between jump 6 and the teeter but after seeing a number of fast dogs run the course, I knew it wouldn't happen. I did a false turn behind Beckett but started moving forward too soon and he came with me rather than getting on the teeter, this counted as a refusal for 5 faults.
|Eastern Ontario Regionals Standard 2|
This course had a time of 71 seconds and Beckett ran it in 52.52 seconds, if we had been clean, we would have received nearly 18 bonus points for the seconds he was under time.
Our last run was Gamblers and I made the mistake of telling Beckett they were bonus points as we had already made the 350 points necessary to qualify for Nationals. He must have understood me and I had a slightly crazy spinning boy running the opening of the Gamble. He even had a beautiful fly-off (LOL) from the teeter. He still did manage to do one of the mini Gambles and got 28 points in the opening. The main gamble was a tunnel under the A-frame, then you had to keep them out to farther of two jumps then back over the nearest jump, then to the a-frame and finishing with another jump. I only saw about 4 dogs who actually got the gamble, most dogs came into their handler after the tunnel and did the closest of the two jumps which is exactly what Beckett did too.
I was really proud of my Beckett boy; his two third place Jumpers runs were amazing and he was running great all weekend. He qualified for Nationals with 411.68 points and was less than 6 points out of the placements; the sixth place dog had 417.03 points. We do have some work to do on Gambles but for now a little Frisbee time is in order.