Freddie's first agility competition was at Weardale DAC Show at Wolsingham Showground, on Saturday 24 July. We got there nice and early as Freddie needed to be officially measured before we could compete. And after standing around for half an hour and missing the briefing for our first class, we finally got measured. As suspected, Freddie just measured large - the cut off is 43cm, and Freddie is about 46cm! So guess what, we have to compete against all the super-fast collies!
Our first run was an Olympia qualifier, grade 1-7 combined ABC. Oops!!! I really should have never entered, and on the drive up to Wolsingham had pretty much decided not to run it. But... I walked the course and thought that with a fair wind I could get Freddie round it so decided to give it a go.
First hurdle (and not the jumping kind) - I knew I had to get my ticket once they were calling up to my running order number, but thought (as you would) that you had to run IN ORDER. Well, I felt slightly silly but thankfully the person in the queue was perfectly nice and explained that once you have your ticket you queue to run!
Well eventually it was our turn. The start was ok, a jump sequence and onto the dog walk, after that Freddie ran past a couple of things but I managed to get him back, over things and through things in the right order, and even managed to get him through the weaves on the second try. We clocked up about 25 faults until the next to last obstacle which was the tunnel, I anticipated too much, Freddie ran past it then when I called him back he went in the wrong end - elimination! But to be quite honest, I was elated for our first run that I had managed to get him round the course!
After that was graded 1-2 jumping. I was most worried about a run of 12 weaves (Freddie's worst thing). Again, we had a decent start, but on one complicated bit Freddie ran past a jump, I called him back and he back-jumped it - eliminated again! But we carried on and guess what - 12 perfect weaves first try!
Our final run of the day was graded 1-2 agility. This time we had a nightmare start, jump and A-frame ok, but I could not pursuade Freddie to weave at all and 3 bodges attempts earned us our 3rd elimination of the day. But after that he did the rest of the course perfectly including a couple of tricky turns. Even the judge shouted 'hard luck' as we finished.
Not a bad day's work for a first show, and Freddie got a big beefy bone as a reward for being such a good boy.