Monday, May 13, 2013


We had an agility trial at Dream Fields yesterday. We were there from the very first event right until the very last event; good thing the trial ran smoothly as we weren't as late getting home as the estimated times for the events would have predicted. I was home in time to see the finale of Survivor.

The morning didn't go so well. First up was two Gambles, in the first Beckett was quite wild and spinny, he didn't even get enough points to Q had he gotten the Gamble. He had enough points in the second Gamble but again couldn't get the main Gamble. Next up was a standard run, Beckett ran really nice until we got to a tunnel then he started spinning, so I stopped dead and told him tunnel and off he went. No faults there but at the next obstacle the teeter, he jumped off without touching the yellow so I put him back on. He did the teeter perfectly and we continued the course. The rest of the course ran beautifully, even with the spinning and doing the teeter twice, he was still more than 5 seconds under time.

Our next event was a Steeplechase. I like Steeplechase, no refusals so if Beckett spins we are only losing time.  Weaves are judged at Starters level so you can have a mistake and still get a qualifying score. And it's time plus faults so you can make up a missed contact or knocked bar. Beckett can usually make up 5 faults sometimes even 10 and still Q.

The standard course time (SCT) for this event was 48 seconds. Beckett ran it in 39.95 seconds without a single fault.  That's 4.31 yards per second. There is video of this run but on a friend's iPad so I have to wait until she uploads it to see it. This was Beckett's 13th Steeplechase Q.

Our next run was team with our friend Cathie and her Boston Terrier, Logan. We ran Team with them at the last trial where Beckett was totally wild, I was hoping he would do better in this run.

Becket and I ran side A, which started out much like the Steeplechase. Again Beckett did some spinning before the second tunnel so we got five faults for a refusal. Luckily Logan ran clean and our combined time was fast enough to still Q. In Team, if you only have 5 faults and your time plus faults is under the SCT then you Q.  The SCT was 74 seconds; we ran it in a combined time of 61.83 so with the faults added our time was 66.83. Our run was also good enough for second place overall and we won a flying tug toy.

Our next run of the day was Snooker.  For those that don't play this game, you have to successfully take a red jump before you can take one obstacle of another colour, that is obstacles numbered two through 7.  You have to do at least three pair, red and a colour, before you can close, that is run 2 through 7 in order. The number of the obstacle is the point value of the obstacle and you have to collect, in Masters, 40 points by the time the 55 second buzzer goes.

Beckett and I did red, weaves (the number 6 obstacle), red, weaves, red, weaves before running the close. We were on the dog walk the second part of number 7 when the buzzer went; no matter though as we had our points when we completed  obstacle 6, the weaves. The red jumps in this video are the blue jumps with the white lattice on the sides. The term red jump comes from the Snooker flags that some clubs use, the one point jumps are all marked with a red flag and the obstacles 2 through 7 each have their own coloured flag too.

 The YouTube link for the video of Beckett Masters Snooker

This Q was Beckett's 4th Masters Snooker so he got his title Masters Snooker Dog of Canada (MSDC). The run was good enough for first place and best run of all the Mini Regular dogs so he also won a stuffed lion on skates.  

Beckett - Masters Snooker Dog of Canada
Our last run was another Snooker. We got through our opening but Beckett popped his weaves when we started the close. My fault, it was a long day and since we had already gotten his title I wasn't handling well so he probably wasn't sure about what I wanted him to do.

Now we are only two Gamble Q's from his Agility Trial Champion title. I hope they don't prove too elusive for us. All in all a wonderful day!! And there even was a rainbow sent from Ceilidh and Tucker.


  1. Sounds like a great weekend! Congrats!!!

  2. We don't tend to have many non-standard courses here, it's mostly KC stuff, jumping or agility. But the snooker and gambling stuff sounds fun!
    ~lickies, Ludo

  3. What a great weekend you both had, well done :) Nice run. Awww thye were watching over you both.


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