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We had so much fun this weekend.  We did 2.5 days of agility and had an absolute blast.  Yup I know I cashed in a lot of energy cards but totally worth it.  TOTALLY!!  We had originally planned and entered just for 2 days, but then they were accepting day of entries the 3rd day and my husband offered the day to me as a gift and I’m so glad we went for half of the day.  So glad!

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Zora sitting on my lap waiting our turn to run

The trial was run in what is called Beta Format in NADAC.  Meaning there are 2 rounds of each class, but you run the same course each round (as opposed to in a regular trial format each round runs a totally new course).  It was great, as I found myself feeling comfortable letting go of ‘it’s a trial’ and running more to how we do in the yard when we practice.  Really letting our distance skills transfer into the trial courses.  We still have a long ways to go before we could run a bonus box or distance challenge, but especially in jumpers and hoopers we are making progress.

This trial I also dropped Zora down to skilled so she is allowed to jump 4″.  I’m glad I did.  After watching her runs from past trials at 8″ it looked like she was really having to work to get her short little legs over and she’s a small but hefty dog.  I want to lessen added stress on her body as much as I can while still being able to do activities we both find fun.  So 4″ it is.  And she was flying.

Some videos of our runs from Day 1:
Elite Regular Rd 1 (first run of the day)

Elite Chances

And from Day 3:
Elite Jumpers (last run of the day)

Elite Regular

 

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