We entered in four events, a Jumpers, two Standards and one Gamblers. First up was the Jumpers, the tire was the second obstacle so without having much speed I knew he would have difficulty with it. We had the same issue early in the summer but I thought we had worked our way through it. I guess we have some more work to do; I'll have to get the tire out of the shed before we have too much snow.
Next up was a Standard. He was a bit put off by the teeter noise, all of the teeters that he has been on have been outdoors where there's not as much noise. You can see his hesitation on the dog walk but good man he didn't bail. Also impressed that he did 12 weaves as he's really only been consistent with 6 weaves.
Next run was another Standard. This time I made him do the tire and hoped that he would then do it in the Gamble. I was happy that he got right back on the teeter and that he was much more confident on the dog walk.
Our last run was a Gamblers. I didn't think he would do the mini as we haven't done much training on sending away. The main Gamblers, I also thought he would come back into me before doing obstacle 3. He surprised me by heading straight for the third obstacle. I didn't even have time to think about bringing him around to do the tire; so much for making him do the tire in Standard 2 . But better that he gets rewarded for working away. I was very happy about his opening, 37 points is very good.
I think he was a happy boy in the ring and that's the best attribute to work with to improve his agility skills.
|Keltic with his first ribbon|
We only took the one ribbon from his first ever event, the Starter Jumpers. There will be more special ribbons in the future I'm sure.