Home again, home again, we are once more home again. Yesterday’s drive through near constant drizzle was uneventful. Smooth sailing. My CNS and pain levels are as I expected ugh. I figured I’d crash pretty much instantly once the event was over and the need to stay upright was no longer a real need. Yup, and so glad I have the space to do that.
Tom is currently all snuggly, Zora is racing around like an under exercised corgi who slept for 11hrs in the car then 9hrs over night and is not getting a walk today, the ducks are happy, well cared for and calm, our bedroom remodel was completed while we were away and looks awesome! But painting it shall have to wait till I have more energy.
The experience was amazing. I had such a fantastic time. As right now I’m more than rather exhausted and not thinking in a linear fashion at all, I’m going to post the comments I sent to NADAC on their Champs survey on my thoughts on the event. Some later post after I have a few more days to think and reflect I’ll write a more thought out post on my reflections on NADAC Championships 2017 in relation to myself, my dogs, my support team and everything else.
My comments on the NADAC Champs survey to NADAC:
1. Awesome event. Had a great time! You and your support team did a fabulous job. My last clear champs memories were from Mankato in like 2000 or 2001. This event was so much smoother, clearer communication, felt more relaxed yet so much better organized and overall I really enjoyed it.
2. Loved loved loved the real time and fast web updates. They made it so much easier to feel ‘safe’ taking a break from champs and not worrying about missing my runs. The course maps, scoring, run orders all of that. Awesome updates.
3. The facility over all really liked and hope decision is made for champs to be here again. Liked the interconnected barns, liked the crating area, liked the trial arena. The outside facilities and property were fantastic. I loved that I could easily get a break and be out doors, walk the track and swim the dogs, drag a chair out to some shade. Etc. it made for a much less stressful experience and for me with sensory issues made such a positive difference as I could take a sensory break from the noise, lights and such and recharge without having to actually leave the property. Such a positive. I also liked that the announcer could easily be heard in the crating area. As again made it easy to know what dog was on course and when to get my dog out. The PA actually in the arena had issues. Liked that there were a variety of hotels, restaurants and grocery stores all within a few miles of the site.
4. The surface. Pre champs day 1 it was too slick. And champs round 7 it was too deep. But loved the surface all other rounds as did my dog. Besides those times I mentioned where I didn’t like it, I felt safe running on it. Not worried about falling or getting stuck or about my dog slipping. Great!
5. Loved that it was the 1st wk of oct and not the last wk of sept. The last week of sept in that area is usually brutally hot, summers last stand. The first week of oct through is often as this week was cooler and raining. I know some folks were complaining to was too hot or too humid but I don’t agree and know how much worse it really easily could have been had champs been the week prior as originally schedule.
6. Overall liked the speed at which it all ran. Thought most days were done at a reasonable time. I was annoyed at the inefficiency of the walk throughs that often happened for the 2nd run each day as if they had been done more efficiently could have shaved off a chunk of time. Also as you mentioned on sun at the awards the gate stewards could have used some better instruction. Maybe having a gate steward cheat sheet at the gate for each run might help. Also I ended up skipping nearly all of the morning briefings as they were just way too long.
7. Really enjoyed the course design. Liked that they felt a good balance of dog challenge and handler challenge and a good balance of far and close work all while feeling very nadac. I enjoyed them immensely
8. I liked all of the registration clarity and way it was done on line. The picking of crating areas, registering for runs, etc. one suggestion would be to post the pre trial and side run class order before opening registration. As that would have changed what I would have signed up for.
9. One thing I would have liked was maybe have a meet and greet type event on wed or Thur. A loosely organized social. Where people can greet and connect. Especially for those that didn’t stay on site or who are new or like me haven’t been to champs in 17yrs. That would have been nice. Other large dog events I’ve been to in past usually had a sponsored dinner or pot luck type thing one evening that people could register and prepay to attend. Something like that would have been rather nice I think.
10. Also would have liked some more communication after registering for champs. Maybe a sheet emailed out a week to 10days before outlining the timings of briefings, how walk throughs work, how the various raffles work, how the usual flow of a champs day might run, a listing of local vets, a basic site map, etc. again especially for folks new or who have had a long time since their last champs. I gleaned that info from asking people I knew and from reading the forum but again having it all in an easy to read and reference email would have been great.
The awesome ladies and dogs that we competed and won with! Go short dogs!! Colleen and Maggie 3rd place, Christine and Piper 2nd place, and me with Zora.