Stafford Posted August 29, 2005 Report Share Posted August 29, 2005 Last weekend (August 20th-21st), Grace ran in her first sucessful flyball tournament, and earned her FD and FDX titles. Our previous attempt at competition didn't go nearly as well. We had lost our height dog due to injury, so Grace, at 18 inches, was tapped for height dog duty. She had never jumped 14 in. jumps before, plus it was a county fair environment with lots of strange sights, smells, and sounds. At that first tournament, her first heat was perfect, but she seemed surprised by the taller jumps. Her second heat, she deftly avoided all the jumps on the way back from the box. She balked at all the jumps on practice runs after that, at which point we substituted her out for another dog, and that was it for her first tournament. At the competition last weekend, which was up in Stanwood, WA, we almost scratched the whole tournament before it began. We had a couple of veteran dogs cancel due to family emergencies, and our practice right before the tournament was pretty horrible. Grace was still not consistantly taking all the jumps, and she seemed to be intimidated by passing. We did have a pair of height dogs from another team who came up and ran with us, otherwise we absolutely wouldn't have gone. Since we were so short handed at this tournament, Grace ran in every race, eight on Saturday and eight on Sunday, for a total of 64 heats. She ran perfectly in all but two heats. She wasn't one of the fastest border collies there, as she doesn't have a lot of leg, but running lead dog her times were 4.5 to 4.6 seconds, which I think is pretty decent. I'm so proud of her I could explode, both for running so consistantly and getting over her fears, and for being so well behaved and such good company over the whole weekend away from home. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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