Horseley Fen Fun

The second event in our small series of “fun events” with options targeted primarily at the next generation of dogs, with a bit of fun thrown in for the more seasoned racers.

With our sights set on 2 full little league teams at the 4th event, we used this event to test some LL pairings. Texan paired with Storm worked hard on ball carriage (Tex) and controlled box turns (Storm). They both aced it and even started putting in some lose passes. Our other LLP were Bella and Tutti. Theses guys hadn’t had much time to practise together so they started with lose passes and tightened up throughout the day, ending the day racing perfectly as a solid pair to win their division, nailing themselves new PBs to boot!

Frank and Rosie were playing in LLS, and everything was about building success. Frank can be a bit sensitive and has had a couple of setbacks, but today he was solid and confident earning himself a shiny new PB and winning his division with 8 clean heats… next stop pairs/team and passing. Rosie had an empty lane on her first race which allowed us to continue what we’ve been working on in training – go down 4 jumps, collect ball, return to handler – and she nailed it. Her 2nd race and, OMG, there was a dog in the other lane that needed to be chased and played with. With support from the whole team and our judge, we jumped the start sequence to allow Rosie to go out ahead and complete successfully in this race too. This chaser is learning to race… just the brain explodes every so often.

Our other young dog that played today was Cuba, paired with the amazing Harper. Cuba is new to passing and sometimes forgets that she needs to pull into the jumps on the way down but by backing off the passes, giving her space to adjust herself, this pair successfully completed several clean heats and Cuba bagged herself a new PB as well!

With some of our other seasoned racing dogs we started some prep for the World Cup in June, with Vegas and Kylo working hard on passing as well as transitioning to the newer box and we think they did OK… taking (what we believe is) a UK record of 7.04s for pairs, running over 10″ (Kylo’s correct height), as well as the div 1 win. Against this crazy duo we had Quest & Prime who were also working on passing again, confidence for Quest to take Prime and confidence for Prime to run in the pack. Lots of spat balls meant very few clean heats but they did put out a 7.53s time with much more to come.

Results

Team Place F/T
Vegas & Kylo 1st 7.04
Quest & Prime 2nd 7.53
Texan & Storm 3rd 8.27
Bella & Tutti 1st 9.73
Frank 1st 4.24
Ossie & Moss 2nd 8.06
Rosie 2nd 4.97
Harper & Cuba 3rd 9.30

Individual Dog's Results

Dog Fastest Time Points Gained Award(s) Earned
Bella 4.49 80 New PB
Cuba 4.40 50 New PB
Frank 4.18 80 New PB
Harper 4.50 50
Kylo 3.53 70
Moss 4.14 50
Ossie 3.80 50
Prime 3.41 10
Quest 3.75 10
Rosie 4.64 40 New PB
Storm 3.80 30
Texan 3.49 30 New PB
Tutti 4.56 80 New PB
Vegas 3.40 70