Lorrie’s Agility Dog Blog

Musings on Dogs, Agility, and Being an Instructor

USDAA Trial 5/9 & 5/10/09

We went to a USDAA trial this weekend.  It was a trial fraught with injuries, including my dog and myself, unfortunately.  On Storm’s first run Sunday, she slid coming off of a jump and pulled a muscle in her shoulder.  She was lame the rest of the day, although she appears to be better today.  While I was lifting her out of the car, I felt something give in my lower back.  Oh joy, I couldn’t move Monday.  I’m guessing she will heal faster than I will!

Our weekend was fairly successful.  Maxx qualified and got first place in both Gamblers and Jumpers.  He Qd in pairs and won $21 in Performance Speed Jumping (2nd place).  Storm didn’t play on Sunday because of her shoulder, but on Saturday she Qd in Grand Prix and Qd in Advanced Pairs with a 1st place.

The PIII/Masters Jumpers course was interesting.  It presented several handling challenges to solve and could be run a variety of ways.  The yardage on the course was 142, and SCT was 37 seconds.

Masters Jumpers 5-10-09


The opening was pretty straightforward, with a serpentine into the #5 tunnel.  The serpentine was a bit straighter than it looks on paper.  Handlers were split between running it with the dog on the right and crossing between 2 and 3. 

After the tunnel, handlers picked up the dog for 6 and 7, and then had to decide how to handle 8 through 12.  Some fast handlers front crossed between 7 and 8, between 10 and 11, and again between 11 and 12.  Most of them did not manage to get all three crosses without getting in the dog’s way at least once.  Others crossed between 6 and 7 and pushed the dog out to 9 before crossing again between 10 and 11 and rear crossing before 12.  Since 12 was a triple, a few bars came down with the rear cross.  I was the oddball and picked Maxx up on my right at the exit of 5, pushed him ahead of me through 6, 7, 8, and 9, and crossed next to 8 while he was moving to 10.  I then picked him up on my left for 11 and 12. 

Jumpers 6 thru 12

Jumpers 6 thru 12 2

Jumpers 6 thru 12 3

The next section was 13 through 18.  Everyone had their dog on their left when they got to 13.  The choices after that were to front cross between 14 and 15 and again between 17 and 18, to rear cross between 15 an 16 and pull hard to 18 before rear crossing to get to 19, or to combine the two for one rear cross and one front cross.  There were a few refusals at 14 when handlers tried to cut across to 15 too aggressively and the dogs missed the jump.  Many dogs went long at 16 because the handlers were too far behind to cue 17 well.  The rear cross between 15 and 16 went well for some, but for others it caused a spin after 16 when the dogs saw jump #4.  I was the oddball again, and sent Maxx from 12 to 14 using distance.  I cut straight across from 12 to the landing side of 15, front crossed between 15 and 16, and front crossed again between 17 and 18.

Jumpers 12 thru 20

Jumpers 12 thru 20 2

Jumpers 12 thru 20 3

All in all, a fun and challenging course!

May 12, 2009 - Posted by | Agility, Agility Trial, Course Strategy | , , , ,


  1. I liked that Jumpers course – it made me work and I did get all those front crosses in. Skye took 1st in P3 22″. I went in too deep at #18 and then should have just FC’d before #19, but it all worked out. My path was the close to the one you have in red above.

    Comment by Greg S | May 12, 2009 | Reply

  2. I too loved that course! Summit would have taken 1st place (beating Pistol Pete by 4 10ths of a second) if he hadn’t dropped a bar.

    I handled it like Lorrie except that I stayed on the dog’s left and rear crossed between #12 and #13 and did a lateral send out to #14 so I could front cross landing side of #15.

    You mentioned some people crossed between #6 and #7. I just can’t imagine this set a very good line.

    Comment by Morganne | May 13, 2009 | Reply

    • It didn’t. I saw one person who sent to the tunnel (5) and was able to stay on the other side of 4/6 to push through 9. That was the only one I saw that worked well.

      Comment by lorriemaxx | May 13, 2009 | Reply

  3. I’m a bit fascinated by the opening of this course. #2-#4 is a serpentine. But it’s introduced with a dog’s path from #1 that makes the entry to the serpentine square and so likely introduces a wobble. If I had to guess I’d say that most precued a Front Cross and sharpened the turn back into the serpentine as best they could.

    Do tell.

    Comment by budhouston | September 28, 2009 | Reply

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