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Cuyahoga Valley Golden Retriever Club AKC Agility Trial

Sunday, May 14th, 2017

Some really fun and challenging courses from judge Laura English. A great weekend! Nina’s birthday was Sunday, and she celebrated early with QQ #18 on Friday, and went 3/3 in Time 2 Beat. Zhora was back on form, earning QQ’s #50 and 51 and going 5/6.

Nina Friday Standard (QQ #18, first place, 33 points, 4.265 YPS):

Nina Friday Time 2 Beat (first place, 10 points):

Zhora Friday Jumpers (second place, 21 points, 5.1 YPS):

Nina Friday Jumpers (QQ# 18, first place, 22 points, 5.244 YPS):

Zhora Saturday Jumpers (QQ #50, first place, 19 points, 4.877 YPS):

Nina Saturday Jumpers (NQ because of stupid handler error not pushing her out to that jump near the end!):

Nina Saturday Time 2 Beat (first place, 10 points):

Zhora Saturday Standard (QQ #50, second place, 31 points, 3.96 YPS):

Zhora Sunday Jumpers (QQ #51, second place, 19 points, 5.055 YPS):

Nina Sunday Time 2 Beat (first place, 10 points):

Zhora Sunday Standard (QQ #51, first place (only 8″ regular dog to qualify), 30 points, 3.945 YPS):

HABOC AKC Agility Trial

Sunday, May 7th, 2017

Zhora RAN OUT OF THE RING on Saturday and cost us a double Q. I guess the meatballs I borrowed from Sue combined with the Lotus Ball was too tempting! What a shame as it was an awesome run. Judge Elane Rice designed some tricky courses. No Q Nina was in effect but had some really nice bits. Zhora has found another gear. Overall I was really happy with how both girls ran.

Zhora Saturday Standard (Q, first place, 32 points, 4.187 YPS):

Zhora Sunday Jumpers (Q, second place, 16 points, 4.677 YPS):

Nina Sunday Jumpers (NQ, nice run):

Zhora Sunday Standard (one bar, nice run):

Nina Sunday Standard (OMG SOOO CLOOOOSE to saving the Q after she broke her stay at the start and several close calls but then one bar and I forced that front cross at the end of the DW for an R):

Erie Kennel Club AKC Agility Trial

Sunday, April 16th, 2017

What else do people do on Easter weekend?

Our regular judge (Lisa Rieves) was unable to come so Kimberly Ingraham covered for her. Nina…was Nina. A FAST Q and a Premier Standard Q were it for her for the weekend. Zhora was a Jumpers specialist, earning QQ #49 on Friday and qualifying in JWW on Saturday and Sunday too, all first places! She was running really fast and happy.

Nina Friday FAST (Q):

Zhora Friday Standard (QQ#49, second place, 30 points, 3.954 YPS):

Nina Friday Premier Standard (Q):

Zhora Friday Jumpers (QQ#49, first place, 17 points, 4.896 YPS):

Zhora Saturday Jumpers (Q, first place, 19 points, 5.028 YPS):

Zhora Sunday Jumpers (Q, first place, 15 points, 4.531 YPS):

Admiral Perry Obedience Training Club AKC Agility Trial

Sunday, April 9th, 2017

It’s not that often that a 3 Q weekend feels like a success, but this weekend was one of those times! I was happy with my handling for the most part, and I was VERY happy that both dogs ran fast and well. Zhora especially seemed to find another gear (her Q Saturday in Jumpers was 2/10 of a second behind one of the fastest dogs we trial with). She got the zoomies, and really started running as fast as I know she can. That means I need to make some handling adjustments but that’s a-ok! Judge Michele Fletcher designed some really fun courses, which were an unusual combination of fast AND technical (many technical courses are slower, “city driving” sort of courses). They were really fun but quite tricky (Zhora was the only 8″ dog to qualify in Standard on Sunday).

Nina Saturday Jumpers (NQ, nice run):

Zhora Saturday Jumpers (Q, second place, 18 points, 4.933 yards per second):

Nina Saturday Premier Jumpers (NQ because she didn’t read the forced front at the beginning, very nice rest of the run though):

Nina Saturday Standard (Q, second place, 33 points 4.2 YPS, she slid off the table with her front feet but pulled herself back up, no fault since she kept one foot on the table):

Zhora Saturday Standard (NQ, zoomies into the tunnel, barking at me, being a nutjob, really happy with her speed and drive!):

Nina Sunday Jumpers (NQ, nice run once we got going, nice weave distance):

Zhora Sunday Jumpers (NQ, nice and fast):

Nina Sunday Standard (NQ because I didn’t support the double after the triple):

Zhora Sunday Standard (Q, first place, 30 points, 4 YPS):

2017 NAC Official Videos

Sunday, April 9th, 2017

Here they are!

Friday warm-up round:

Friday Premier:

Saturday Round 2 Standard (we ran round 2 before round 1):

Saturday Round 1 Jumpers:

Sunday Round 3 Hybrid:

2017 AKC National Agility Championship

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Well, our first NAC is in the books and I couldn’t be happier! I wanted to run well and qualify and instead Zhora qualified in all four runs (Premier Standard on Friday, and all three NAC rounds), and she finished in 21st place out of 135 dogs. She didn’t run her fastest (it was a very overwhelming environment), but she ran her heart out, I am so proud of her!

Zhora HATES having her picture taken!

Nina came along for moral support. Here we are outside ring 6.

Thank you so much Zhora for this awesome ride!

Rings 1 and 2

Rings 1 and 2


Our stall with Flat Sue (Sue couldn’t come because of injury, so we brought Flat Sue instead!)

Official videos to follow but:

Friday Premier Standard (Q):

Round 2 Standard (we ran round 2 first):

Round 1 Jumpers:

Round 3 Hybrid:

Butler Dog Training Association AKC Agility Trial

Sunday, March 12th, 2017

Another “not our best weekend” (although Nina was a Time 2 Beat specialist, going 3/3 in T2B and knocking almost no bars!), and our last trial before the AKC National Agility Championship. The judge, Christine Bishop, is one of the judges at this year’s Nationals, so…it was interesting. Her courses were really fun, an interesting mix of fast and running and flowing with very technical sections. She’s in NAC mode, so we saw backsides and wraps and some interesting elements. Very fun. VERY glad Zhora finished on a nice Q today…

Nina Friday Standard (a nice start to the weekend anyway! Q, first place, 31 points):

Zhora Friday Standard (Q, second place, 29 points):

Nina Friday Jumpers (NQ):

Zhora Friday Jumpers (she crept up so far on her stay like a creeper that she knocked the first bar!):

Nina Friday Time 2 Beat (Q, first place):

Nina Saturday Jumpers (NQ, she didn’t believe me about the second time into the tunnel, this was a fun course!):

Zhora Saturday Jumpers (Q, 19 points):

Nina Saturday Time 2 Beat (Q, first place):

Zhora Saturday Standard (NQ, uncharacteristic knocked bar, I think I showed too much deceleration for a wrap as only the second obstacle so she didn’t have much forward momentum):

Nina Sunday Jumpers (NQ):

Zhora Sunday Jumpers (NQ, the rear cross after the weaves set her up for me having to send her out to a jump which put her on the trajectory to the wrong end of the tunnel, also I didn’t indicate the correct end strongly enough. Actually, as my friend Sue pointed out, the real problem was that I was in her line to the correct end, I didn’t give her enough room and actually pushed her off the correct line to the wrong end!):

Nina Sunday Time 2 Beat (Q, second place for 8 points behind Zhora, there were only three 8″ dogs and I had two of them, so I ran them with just one dog between them, thanks to Suzanne Holancin for holding the dog I wasn’t running! Both girls qualified too!):

Zhora Sunday Time 2 Beat (Q, first place):

Nina Sunday Standard (NQ, we did the EXACT SAME sequence in Time 2 Beat, and did it flawlessly, but I didn’t reconnect properly after the blind cross at the aframe):

Zhora Sunday Standard (Q, second place, 27 points, last run before Nationals!):

Admiral Perry Obedience Training Club AKC Agility Trial

Sunday, March 5th, 2017

Some really nice moments (including crazy fast Zhora) but not our best weekend. Zhora earned two JWW Q’s, and a really nice Premier JWW Q (on a course where she and Denise’s Zealous were the only dogs to qualify, perhaps you needed to have a Z name to qualify?). Nina had some gorgeous runs (including a 5.5 YPS JWW run with one lousy bar down) but between us we couldn’t manage a Q. Judge Laura English gave us some fun but very tricky courses. I feel so lucky that Nina is running the fastest she has ever run at nearly 10!

Zhora Saturday Jumpers (Q, first place, 17 points):

Nina Saturday Jumpers (argh):

Zhora Saturday Standard (that jump to teeter section tripped up a lot of teams, we were no exception):

Nina Saturday Standard (some really nice bits):

Zhora Sunday Premier Jumpers (Q, first place, she really understands collection vs extension):

Zhora Sunday Jumpers (Q, first place, 20 points):

Nina Sunday Jumpers (one lousy bar, such a nice run, 5.5 YPS):

Zhora Sunday Standard (I didn’t connect with her after the jump after the first tunnel, which is what sent her off course):

Nina Sunday Standard (I didn’t front cross after the weaves, which is what sent HER off course):

Hamburg All-Breed Obedience Club AKC Agility Trial

Sunday, February 26th, 2017

We ran under Oksana Syrkin this weekend and actually ran on her courses (Zhora earned her MACH under her when she filled in for Michelle Fletcher last May). Fun, flowy, fast but deceptively technical courses again this weekend. Zhora set consecutive personal best Standard points totals Saturday (32) and then Sunday (33), and a personal best Jumpers total today of 21. Nina ran really well, she didn’t trust that she was right on a tricky weave pole entry in Standard today that cost us a QQ, I think if I’d verbally supported it more she might have stayed in.

Zhora Saturday Jumpers (NQ due to handler error at the end):

Nina Saturday Jumpers (NQ, but those bars were down because of tricky angles, not plowing through):

Zhora Saturday Standard (Q, second place, 32 points, 4.076 YPS):

Nina Saturday Standard (NQ):

Zhora Saturday Open FAST (Q, first place, OF title finally):

Zhora Sunday Jumpers (part 1 of QQ # 48, first place (beating Nina!), 21 points, 5.068 YPS):

Nina Sunday Jumpers (Q, second place, 21 points, she didn’t get a refusal for the spin since she didn’t go past the plane of the jump and was quite lateral to it, hard to see on the video):

Zhora Sunday Standard (part 2 of QQ # 48, second place, 33 points, 4.119 YPS):

Nina Sunday Standard (lovely run, should have told her she was right about the weaves):

Tamarack Lake Agility Club AKC Agility Trial

Sunday, February 12th, 2017

Nina had her best weekend in I don’t know how long. One stupid handler error today kept her from a perfect weekend. She earned QQ # 17 (JUST THREE MORE TO GO!), and didn’t knock ONE bar all weekend! Zhora had a perfect weekend, earning QQ’s 46 & 47. Judge Lisa Rieves designed some fun RLH (that’s “run like hell) courses, which are our favorite kind. Quite technical, deceptively trappy, lots of fun. A double double Q weekend that was almost a double double double Q weekend!

Nina Saturday Jumpers (part 1 of QQ # 17, first place, 17 points):

Zhora Saturday Jumpers (part 1 of QQ # 46, second place, 15 points):

Nina Saturday Time 2 Beat (first place, 10 points):

Nina Saturday Standard (part 2 of QQ # 17, first place, 26 points):

Zhora Saturday Standard (part 2 of QQ # 46, third place, 25 points):

Nina Sunday Jumpers (Q, first place, 18 points):

Zhora Sunday Jumpers (part 1 of QQ # 47, fourth place, 15 points):

Zhora Sunday Time 2 Beat (9 points):

Nina Sunday Standard (NQ, nice run, bad handler didn’t support the panel jump):

Zhora Sunday Standard (part 2 of QQ # 47, second place, 27 points):