Tuesday, September 16, 2008

How Many Trials?

SUMMARY: Just don't ask how much it all cost.

This last weekend was my 200th trial.
  • 106 USDAA
  • 54 NADAC and/or ASCA
  • 40 CPE

Taken another way:
  • 12 with only Remington (when I first started agility)
  • 66 with Remington and Jake
  • 6 with Remington, Jake, and Tika
  • 1 with Remington and Tika (Jake on injured reserve)
  • 69 with Jake and Tika
  • 11 with only Tika (while Jake was retired from USDAA but not CPE)
  • 1 with Jake, Tika, and Boost
  • 34 with Tika and Boost

Taken another way:
  • 6 in 1996
  • 7 in 1997 (broke foot and was out for months)
  • 10 in 1998
  • 11 in 1999
  • 14 in 2000 (back injury, continuing into the next year)
  • 17 in 2001
  • 18 in 2002 (skipped Nov/Dec with Rem's cancer)
  • 23 in 2003 (we all stayed healthy)
  • 21 in 2004 (I started vowing to cut back)
  • 20 in 2005
  • 18 in 2006 (knee injury/surgery kept me out Oct/Nov/Dec)
  • 19 in 2007
  • 13 so far in 2008, with only 2-3 more planned

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At 2:12 PM, September 16, 2008 , Blogger Dawn said...

Wow! Looks like another full time job! But one you enjoy, so what the heck! I'm enjoying reading about agility through your blog, even though I don't always understand it all. Thanks for sharing.

At 2:17 PM, September 16, 2008 , Blogger Elf said...

Oh, please ask questions! I get ideas for some of my more interesting topics from questions asked by other people, including those who are unfamiliar with agility, or with USDAA, or whatever.

At 7:40 PM, September 16, 2008 , Blogger Dawn said...

OK... here's something I've been wondering...I'll be doing beginning agility with my then 2 year old sheltie next spring. Until then, are there things I could be reading, or doing, with or without Katie? (the dog) Or would I risk doing things wrong and having to have her (and me) relearn or fix bad habits by next spring?

At 9:14 PM, September 16, 2008 , Blogger Elf said...

Excellent question! See, I KNEW it would be good if you asked! I'll see whether I can put together some comments and resources in the next couple of days.

At 12:46 PM, September 18, 2008 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Ellen...
there are some obscure things to be aware of with snooker. (I just checked the rules cause I thought they weren't covered, but they are)

1) opening: 3 obstacle combo, allowed by judge in any order. Your dog does two, and then backjumps one you already did. Is there a way to continue, if so how?

2) opening: Your dog does a red, then goes between the tire frame and the tire. What is the correct next behavior? Hint: same question if dog goes thru the broad jump not between the poles.

3) Same as 1) but backjumps after doing all 3 of the combo. Is there any way to continue?

4) Just to point out the confusment: same as 2), except dog misses a contact on a dogwalk/aframe, or flys off the teeter. Or knocks the bar on a colored.

5) same as 2) except dog leaves the teeter before the descent.

Most of these are understood by understanding what's a refusal.

Except for the combo-performance rule, which is specific to snooker
(right? I think?)



At 1:49 PM, September 18, 2008 , Blogger Elf said...

Kevin--I reposted your comment under my Snooker post; will respond there.


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