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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Highs and Lows of agility

We just got back from a long weekend of agility. Four really intense days where I think it is easy to forget why I do agility. For the pure joy of running with my dogs who I adore.

The weekend at Rugby was very relaxing and both Zen and Hex ran beautifully all weekend. I felt like both girls and I just gelled as a team. I will post details later. But to summarize, Zen won another Championship ticket! This is her 5th ticket (2nd this year). Although I don't intend to run her at every championship show and collect tickets I felt that we needed to run the champs this weekend to get ready for the try-outs. To top that, Nicky and Indy (OBay Truly Driven) won the small Championship Ticket!

A fantastic OBay double! Two Championship tickets on the same day.The stuff a breeders dreams are made of!

Hex did really well also. In one of the jumping 6,7 classes we actually had an OBay triple! Hex first, Indy second and Timmy third! Now that is the way to do it!

Monday and Tuesday was the World Champ Tryouts. I went into them really positive and we did well on Monday. Then on Tuesday I just fell apart and felt like I let my dogs down with my handling. It is not like me to feel so down after agility but I just did not feel connected on all the runs. I don't know if it was just that we all were so tired? Or as someone said to me "maybe you want this too much"? I don't think wanting it to much was the reason as that usually inspires me! Dennis thinks it is because I wore a green shirt and not my normal red or pink!

I was mostly disappointed with my runs with Hex which were all over the place. I KNOW that Hex is so much better than that. Zen saved my butt for most of the runs except for the one that she decided the dogwalk was more visible than the weave poles.

The end result is that Zen is on the Great Britain Medium Agility Team and Hex is reserve for the small team. Lisa and Chi are reserve for the medium team. Best of all, Nicky and Indy are on the small team! As good as that result sounds I can't get my head around my crap performances yesterday and need a few days to get positive again!

So three Obay shelties competing in Norway. And two on reserve. Videos, photos and details to follow after I get my head back together!


Lian said...

Congratulations to Zen for another Champ ticket and to Indy for his first ticket, 2 more to come very soon to become another OBay Champion.

Very well done to be in the GB Team!

Andy & Nancy said...

Obay stars!

Zen is the real star of the show and of course Indy. Two bright stars together. They are followed very closely by Hex and Chi who are still twinkling stars not orbiting earth quite so closely - YET! Mustn't forget Timmy who was also a star this weekend!

All incredible acts to follow - SCARY!

helenm said...

Many congratulations on your ticket wins and on making the GB team although it would have been a surprise if Zen and Indy hadn't made the team,they are so brilliant.

Lorna said...

What a fab weekend you had and off to the Worlds again - Wow !

Concentrate on the highs :)

Lorna x

Chi (Obay Truly Focused) said...

Obay hatrick - that's a 1st well done guys :)
Wasn't nice seeing you bummed out on Tues. But best thing is i know you'll pick yourself up, dust yourself down and say, 'right then world champs here we come' You promised on an earlier blog to get fit & go for it - so no excuses :)

Eleanor and two US OBays said...

As they say in the USA, "You go girl!!!!" Don't be too hard on yourself. If we didn't experience the lows, the highs would not mean so much.

I want one of those t-shirts! Please?! Or a facsimile thereof. Too cute.

Karen said...

Obay is becoming a house name !! Highs def. outweigh the lows :0)