Agility trialling mayhem in Perth continues with the State Trial won and run with some seriously awesome agility on display by my fellow competitors. I managed to qualify Lexi in the Masters Agility State final which I was very pleased with but I couldn't quite get it together with Sonic. We had some very close calls but managed to be thwarted between bad timing on my behalf or not being able to get him focused and having an absolute disaster.
This weekend we had our first group of eastern state competitors join us in Perth as we build up to next weekends Nationals. It was great to say hi and catch up with those that we haven't seen since the 2007 Nationals in Victoria. There was some great runs on some pretty challenging courses. Sonic and Lexi both started very badly and not a brain cell could be seen functioning for the first couple of runs. I didn't even complete the Masters Agility course with Sonic. They did settle in though and Sonic even managed a fifth place in Masters Jumping. I was impressed with the placing, firstly because it would be enough to get him a run in a National final, the fact that we had a lot of eastern staters running so the class was bigger than normal and it was a far from perfect run. He was driving nicely around the course but was wide and almost ran past a couple of obstacles that would have cost us time. His afternoon Masters Jumping run was actually much better but he unfortunately missed a jump which was a bit of a shame.
Then on Sunday we had a really good day with Sonic going three out of four clear! That finished off his Open Agility title and gave us our fifth Masters Jumping leg, and fourth Masters Agility leg. His runs were very solid. I thought I handled him probably better than I have in a while too which kinda helps. I was very happy with his contacts and weavers but I do find his lack of focus at the start line frustrating. Mind you he is in good company with his siblings with regard to that annoying habit! One thing I also noticed was he tends to decelerate into tunnels. He's driving out, just not in. I shall add it to the list.... Overall I was really chuffed with him. He is such a cool little boy and I'm having a ball with him.
I have to make note of two special things on the weekend. Firstly, Lexi did the most stunning Masters Jumping run. She was absolutely flying and I couldn't have been prouder of her efforts. She is well and truly back to the great way she was running last year before she went on maternity leave. I'm thinking that a puppy from her could be just what I need as my next agility dog.... :-)
Secondly, Sonic's big sister Secret got her Novice Agility title with a really nice run on Sunday. She even controlled herself when there was a magical, mythical fast kelpie running in the next ring. Congratulations Kriszty and Secret!
So now its time for the Nationals. Good luck to everyone involved.
Super Lexi's awesome run on the weekend!