2018 AKC NAC Reno

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We just got back from the AKC National Agility Championship (NAC) in Reno.  This is always a very well-organized and fine tuned event, and this year was no exception. The weather made getting there a bit difficult to plan, as it threatened an "atmospheric river" of snowstorms on the days immediately prior to the event.  We left early and arrived without incident. 

The first day consisted of a "B" match-type warmup run in which toys/training were allowed, but you had to keep the toy in your hand.  That negated a lot of the rewarding we like to do (toss toy back, toss toy laterally), but the dogs enjoyed the experience.  The next run was Premier Standard; Boca had a great run but dropped the last bar as she flew down the line into the wall of the small arena in Ring 4.  Cadence was clean but a bit over-managed by her handler!

The real event started on Saturday with Standard and JWW.  Boca ran clean in both (although she almost gave Dave a heart attack when she took a couple steps towards the off course tunnel in JWW); Cadence ran sluggishly and incurred several faults in Standard, perhaps due to being out much too early before her run.  I brought her ringside just moments before her JWW run and that one went much better.  She's 8 and I'm still figuring her out!

Sunday morning was Rd 3 Hybrid -- both dogs were clean!  Boca's cumulative scores put her in 10th place (out of over 230 20" dogs) going into the Finals.  In her Finals run she dropped a bar, but had a great run with really tight lines and finished in 11th.  

Photos below by Great Dane Photos and videos from 4 Legged Flix. 

Boca's recap video of all 5 NAC runs (including Premier Standard).  Action photos by Great Dane Photos; competition videos by 4 Legged Flix.

Cadence's Rd 3 Hybrid run at the 2018 AKC National Agility Championship (NAC). Note that a dog in the adjacent ring runs to the gate to bark at her and neither of us noticed much during our run! Thanks to 4Legged Flix for the video!

2018 USDAA Wild West Regional results

We had a great time at the Wild West Regional!  Below are our results:

  • Cadence:
    • 2nd place PVP with Shar Henry and Rev'n
    • 2nd place 20" PGP with a bye
    • 20" PSJ bye (4th place)
    • 20" Performance Biathlon Q (5th place)
    • Qd in all of her runs!
  • Boca:
    • 3rd place PVP with Katrina Parkinson and Fawkes
    • 2nd place 20" Performance Biathlon
  • Elektra:
    • 1st place 22" Grand Prix round 1, finishing up her Qs for Cynosports!  If you're FaceBook friends with Dave, you can see the run here.
  • Trillian:
    • 3rd place 20" Biathlon
  • Prima:
    • Yes, she was there!  She did some crazy things, and also did some brilliant things.  Just need to put all the brilliant things together for one run!

See results and podium photos on the USDAA website.

Back in the saddle

Boca returned to agility this weekend, running at the NorCal Golden Retriever Kennel Club AKC agility trial in Santa Rosa.  She was short just over 150 points for Tulsa when she was bred in July and since the qualifying period ends Nov 30 we figured we'd give it a try.  While her conditioning isn't at top form and she has a few flappy appendages, she was certainly happy to return to the game!  She won her first class out of the gate (and several others) and QQd all 3 days! 

Dave also ran Cadence, QQing with her all 3 days as well and finishing her requirements for the NAC in Tulsa next March! Clearly Cadence is happy to work and get some attention for herself (those puppies sure are attention hogs!). 

In Texas Jody took on AKC herding and Buck earned his HT!  

Below are a couple videos of Boca and Cadence's runs thanks to Silvina Bruera of Agility in Motion!