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02.05.2010 - International Agility Competition in Hillerød
28.04.2010 - Agility in Albertslund
Vestegnens Hundeskole were the hosts at the Kennel Club agility competition the 24th and 25th of April.
Emsi and Jesper made the trip to Zealand on their own and spent the nights camping with tent - pretty cold when the temperature goes below zero during the night! . However, with emsi curled up in the sleeping bag and a warm blanket on top we kept warm - good thing Emsi isn't a border collie .
This was the first competition with qualification for the national team and it was even with "double up" on class competitions, which meant the we had 2 x agility class 3 and 2 x jumping class 3 on Saturday and one of each on Sunday (all class 3, until the end of July, counts towards qualification, you simply select the 5 best results in agility and jumping). Additionally the open classes on Sunday were qualification for the National Championships. Qualifying to the national championships is also a criteria for the national team.
Saturday Emsi "managed" to not clean any of the three jumping courses, however, she did win agility open, one agility class 3 and came in second in the other agility class 3.
The first agility class 3 was above the "national team qualification speed" of 4.3 m/s, which meant she earned the maximum 15 points, the second place was below 4.3 m/s which meant that it only earned her 8 points.
The national team qualification points are; 15, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, and 2 points, awarded to the first 7 dogs (regardless of whether they aspire for the national team or not). 15 and 12 points are only awarded for a clean run and "national team time faults" are awarded if the dog doesn't run below a fictious "standard" course time calculated with speeds of 4.3 m/s for agility and 4.6 m/s in jumping.
Sunday brought more success in jumping than Saturday had done. Emsi won jumping open and also agility open. Hereby she qualified for the National Championships (actually only with regards to the National Team, as Emsi is pre-qualified to the National Championships, being the reigning Danish Champion). Lastly; she won jumping class 3 just below the "national team course time". To be precise; she did the course with just 2/100 of a second to spare! Which meant she put another 15 points (maximum) in the bank. .
15-03-2010 - Indoor DcH-competition at Vilhelmsborg
The 13th and 14th of March DcH Risskov hosted the largest indoor agility event in Denmark. The event is held at Vilhelmsborg which primarily is a center for horse show jumping.
Saturday jumping open and agility open was qualification for the Danish Championships.
All four open classes (Saturday + Sunday) was also qualification for a jumping finals which was the closing event Sunday.
Emsi started really well by winning both open classes. To qualify to the Danish Championships you need two clean qualifying runs in open jumping and open agility. GoGo also cleaned the agility open, unfortunately with a bit of time faults and she crossed the finish line as no. 7. In jumping open GoGo was eliminated three obstacles from the finish line due to sloppy handling.
In jumping class 3 Emsi kept the pace and cleaned the course (1st place), unfortunately GoGo was eliminated. In agility class 2 GoGo went up the A-frame instead of entering the tunnel which was laid out beneath the A-frame. In agility class 3 Emsi had another clean run and a 1st place - four in a row!
Sunday was the same schedule as Saturday, plus of course the jumping finals.
In jumping open Emsi ended up in 7th place. She stopped completely in gate two of the weaves, which resulted in me temporarily forgetting the course after the weaves - that resulted in a lot of wasted time... In agility open Emsi had a clean run and took 1st place again.
Emsi was eliminated in jumping class 3. I "picked her up" from a tunnel exit and wanted to send her to the back of the next hurdle, however, I drew back a bit too soon and Emsi too the hurdle from the wrong side.
Agility class 3 was yet another clean run and a 1st place.
In the finals Emsi and I cleaned the course and came in second after Anne-Mette Hemdrup with Tyson.
GoGo was unfortunately eliminated in both jumping open and agility open, as well as jumping class 3. In agility class 2 GoGo ended up with 5 faults, due to a refusal on a tunnel, she went in but came back out again. Too bad, as it was otherwise a nice run and an unusual error from GoGo.
06.02.2010 - Collapse...
We only trained once ion our barn in the new year - now our barn is history...
On January 27th at about 7:30 pm tha roof of our barn gave in to the pressure from the snow, and took the walls down with it. We had been watching the news where they had told about another collaps, and we didn't think that we had that much snow on our roofs. Shortly thereafter we heard a loud crack, which we thought was snow sliding of the barn onto the roof of our house. But moments later there was another much louder crack and I went into the barn to have a look. I could hear the roof creaking, so I rushed back into the house and got the car keys and drove both cars out into the yard, as they are normally parked in the barn.
I went around the barn to have a look and the layer of snow didn't seem that thick. However, as I came back in through the gate of the barn I saw that several beams were already halfway broken.
I called one of our neighbors, who has an excavator. We would try to get some of the snow of of the roof. He never even got to our proporty before the roof caved in almost in slow motion. The roof more or less took down the entire barn, a couple of yards of the roof on our house and the top of the gable.
The end result is that several of our agility obstacles are destroyed, damaged or still buried in the rubble, and their condition is still uncertain - and to top it all of; our insurance does cover it...
The pictures speaks for themselves.
Next project is now clearing up, when the snow is melted, to add insult to injury we had another 10-15 cm of snow the days after the collapse. At the same time we will try to clear out the fences and gates in our olod pigs stable in order to be able to do just a minimum of indoor training.