I arrived at Royackers to find out that Beckett had qualified for the Jumpers final as well. He had qualified in 7th place an even better finish than we had for Steeplechase, the running order below is posted in reverse order. I found Susan Royackers and told her that we had to scratch, everyone asked me, "won't he run for someone else" but there was no one there that we had even tried to have him run with them.
I picked up course maps anyway and went and got the dogs settled in their crates in the screen tent. I'm not ashamed to say that when the other 16" finalists started their walk through for Steeplechase, I had tears in my eyes.
The last final we would have been in was Jumpers, again when I looked at the course map, I felt that Beckett would have done just fine, he threadles well, has a good around, only the last line of jumps might have given us a bit of a problem if I hadn't been able to keep up with him.
Again I videoed Jazz, her handler even handled the jumps after the second tunnel like I would have.
After the finals were done they set up for the awards ceremony but first they had a competitors' raffle. Each of the competitor's names were put in a bag and when your name was drawn, you went an drew a number from another bag and that was the number of the prize you won. There were tunnels, big gift baskets, and lots of other great items, we won a sport umbrella. We also won a prize in a raffle to help another handler and her dog go to the Paragility Games in Hungary.
|Adrian Royackers and the Canada Cup Judges|
|16 " Winners - Steeplechase|
|16" Winners - Jumpers|
So we've already put the dates for next year's Canada Cup into our calendar and we'll try again to qualify for the finals. Who knows maybe even Keltic might be ready to give it a try.