Things have been really busy here lately, mostly because we have been granted planning permission to build a house. This has been in the planning for over 20 years so it's brilliant to finally be building. There are however lot's of hoops to jump through and it's a slow process dealing with the council. We are hoping to get the shell up by Christmas and move in early next year.
Lessons are really busy, I have been teaching 4 evenings a week plus during the day and then traveling to show's on Fridays which hasn't given me a lot of free time. I've managed to juggle lessons about to give myself Thursdays evenings off but then managed to re-fill them again so that didn't really work.
Holly did her first Champ class at Agility club and got into the final, she did a great round just having a pole down, she really surprised me with her consistency and ability to cope with the courses so I will continue entering her in Champ classes. Flake has been amazing, she is Miss consistent. She's got into 4 or 5 champ finals this year, at Rugby she did a really good final round and finished about 6th, her time was within a second of some of the fastest dog's in the country. This weekend at KC festival she was picked to run in the Nations cup team event, she loved it and went much faster than normal which threw me a bit but showed that there is more speed in there I just need to figure out how to get it out of her more often. She also got through to the British open final, she did a lovely round but slipped at the end of the dog walk and was marked for missing the contact. I was really pleased with how she coped in the main ring though, the conditions were really bad and I was soaked (Flake had a coat on so was ok) but she was really balanced and didn't slip on the ground. I'm really excited about her future, I think there's lot's more fun to come. I figured out what's been going wrong with Ty, I have been running him like I run the girls and he hates it, I race them and get to places to help them. With him I need to be calm and just let him work, I did this in the Champ class and it got us through to the final. He worked perfectly in the final, if only I had paused for a split second longer on the last turn I think we would have done really well. Zazu has done some really great work but I'm struggling to keep him focused, all summer we have had either a bitch in season or close to a season, plus Dee and Wispa both had false pregnancies which dragged on for ages. I think this really affected him as once all of the bitches had settled he did too. He should probably be castrated but he's so scared of the vets due to all of the tests he's had done that I don't want to put him through it. He may settle once the house is built and it's easier to keep him separate form the girls while there in season.
I really need to do some training with Wispa, she knows hardly anything. I'd like to start competing her at Easter next year so hopefully I can get her ready for then.
People I train have been doing amazingly well. Achieving goals and winning up grades. Between them they have competed in the Colimanor Finals, Agility Club Finals Olympia Semi's and more that I have forgotten because it's all gone by in a blur of fun and results.
I think the ultimate goal in Agility is to have fun and get results which I think we are achieving, I'm really looking forward to the last few show's of the season :)
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