Our 'home' for the last week has been a very windy Redcar, at the Hare n Hounds Northern Festival of Agility. And what a week it has been! Our last four days in Grade 1 before moving up to Grade 2 for Waldridge Fell.
First Saturday - after deciding he did know what all this agility business is about at Helmsley over Easter, Freddie settled into some great running again. He managed three clear rounds out of five runs and only one E, our best performance yet. He didn't get placed in the 1-2 combined jumping as he took just too long through the weaves, not missing any but pausing to gaze at the people outside the ring in between ever other pole. But he did pick up two fabulous places, a 3rd and a 4th, both in his graded agility classes.
We were back for more runs on Monday, and had another good day. Our first run was 1-3 graded agility. Freddie picked up 5 faults for a refusal after just nudging his nose past a jump, but that was enough for second place. Our jumping rounds were more scrappy and we ended up with Es, in one because Freddie got spooked by someone watching from the stand! But we finished the day with a wonderful clear round in 1-2 graded agility, and another 1st place.
A couple of days at work, then we were back for the final Friday. We didn't manage any clear rounds that day, but doe to the small classes and less than simple course Freddie finished his grade 1 career with another agility win. And what a beautiful rosette and cup, I know Chris was very proud of the blue and gold combination!