We started with Standard and as one exhibitor described the course as having 'subtle challenges'. The areas were with the most judging calls were:
- * The incorrect tunnel entrance (handler error)
- * The usual weave issues (entry/popping out)
- * There were several teeter fly-offs as handlers headed down the line of jumps & dogs left early to catch them
- * Refusals at #15 as dogs spun while looking back for their handler or as handlers pushed in too early and the dog headed for the chute.
- * The off course jump near the chute
Overall, I was impressed with the consistency of the handlers & dogs!
The challenges on this course were:
* Between jump #4 & 5 as dogs were heading toward the off course #15 jump.
* The off course tunnel only caught a few dogs as most were already heading toward #8 when they landed after #7.
* #12 jump - many dogs went went for the #2 jump again and some completely missed this jump.
* Some dogs headed for the off course #4 jump with a few of them taking it.
The ending from #15 on was a fast sequence!
Again, dogs did a great job and it was a pleasure to watch them.
On a separate note, I LOVE being able to get a feel for the local culture and this is a cute little town. I was taken to a place called the square that had wonderful shops with native jewelry, pottery & ceramics, clothing, a winery and other specialty shops.
The shops were true to the area and very different than anything we have in Seattle. I purchased a beautiful silver cross for myself, a bottle of wine for Dan (from Heart of the Desert winery) and an amazing Christmas gift for Dan's Mom. Beth (Dan's Mom) and I have a wonderful relationship and I spend all year looking or making something special for her. I seriously can't wait to give this one to her : )