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It’s ooovvvvvveeeeerrrrrrr :-(

The final round of Individual Runs were today, and Canada was still the running with a couple of dogs, while others were just running for single round honours.

First up were the Medium dogs , and once again the handlers were faced with a tight technical course.  After the first run Scud was sitting in 73rd, Cypher was in 57th, and Ninja was 31st. 

Scud was up first for Canada, sitting 73rd after the first round.  Scud started off strong, but was called on a frame contact, then had a flyoff on the teeter, and finally went a little wide on a turn and took an off course jump for an E.

Cyphe, coming into the round in 57th place, ended the suspense pretty quickly with a wrong direction on the 2nd jump (it was a back side jump and the dogs could only see the front side, so Cypher decided that was the side to take).  But the rest of the course was flowy and fast, in spite of the early E.

Next up was Ninja and Nikki, who managed to hold on throughout the tough course to pull out another clean round.  Even though she came into the round in 31st there were quite a few other handlers who succumbed to the challenges of the course, so she ended up 13th overall.

1st in Medium went to USA with Luka, a Pyreneen Shepherd; 2nd went to France with Curly, another Pyreneen Shepherd; and 3rd went to Slovakia’s La, also a Pyreneen Shepherd.


Next up was the Final for the Small Individual dogs.  Suzanne was still on the injured list, so it was just Briggs and Dice running for Canada.  Briggs was up first, and he was sitting in 62 place coming into round 2.  AS soon as the first few dogs ran the course it was obvious that the course time would be almost impossible to run under, as dog after dog ran smooth clean lines and were over time. 

Briggs ran a nice course, but did get called on a dogwalk contact, and was one second over time.  His time held up well during the round, but the 5 fault contact was costly.

Dice was sitting in 4th place after the first round, and the technical but open course was well suited to Dice’s running style.  Unfortunately, as Dice ran the dogwalk right at the beginning of the course Jessica disconnected from her on the pull jump, and Dice took the push jump option for a wrong course E.  But again, the rest of the course was fast and flowy, and represented well!

1st in Small went to a Parson Russell from Italy, Twister; 2nd went to Japan’s Blue Sheltie, Maho; and 2rd went to Great Britain’s Obay Sheltie, Pizzazz.

Finally it was time for the large dogs to take the stage.

Unlike the Jumpers round the Agility round was very tight, and very technical, and was frought with challenges and off course possibilities.

First up was Fred with Tanofon who was 95 after the first round.  Fred was off to a good start over the first two jumps, but then Tanafon slipped going into the right angled weaves, and could not recover to fix the weaves.  So he went through them incorrectly.  Fred had moved on to the next obstacle by the time he heard the crowd gasp, so he knew there was an issue but he was too late to go back and fix it.  So the rest of the course did not go as well as he undoubtedly had hoped, and he came away with an E.

Next up was Encore who ran a clean, fast, flowy course in 39.05 seconds,  which was a good time for the course (fastest dogs were 37 seconds so she was not far off the mark).  Unfortunately she had come into the round in 72 place, so it was not enough to move her up in the overall placings.

Third for Canada was Fizz and Adrian.  Adrian also ran a great smooth course with a time of 41.74, and would have been clean except for one contact on the dogwalk, which cost him 5 faults.

Last up were Susan and Feature.  Feature came into the round in 30 place, and Susan handled the run cautiously, attempting to run clean.  Unfortunately Feature picked up on that caution and second guessed a jump turning toward her to check that it was correct, and incurring a refusal. There was also a small matter of an up contact on the dogwalk, and .22 in time faults, which brought the fault total to 10.22 for the round.

So 1st in Large was Finn, a Border Collie from the Netherlands; 2nd was Punssi, a Border Collie from Finland; and 3rd was Russia’s Border Collie, Wi Excellent.

Team placings were as follows:

Small 1st - Russia; 2nd - Slovania; 3rd - Japan

Medium 1st - France; 2nd - Switzerland; 3rd - Great Britain

Large 1st - Spain; 2nd - Italy; 3rd – Czech Republic

Another great World Championship is now behind us, time to get back to training!

Canada has some good TEAM RUNS at the FCI Worlds

Today was the day of 5 runs at the FCI World Championships, so lots of opportunities for greatness, and an equal number of opportunities to crash and burn.

Up first for Canada was our Medium Team running the Team Agility course.  It was a very tight technical course, a far cry from the fast flowing courses that frequently grace the Medium Team ring, and the time was VERY tight.  Only a handful of the dogs were able to run under course time, even when they had no faults and a fairly flowy course, so it was evident that the course would be a challenge.

 First up were Nikki and Ninja.  They were on track for a great run and good time when Nikki got a little too up close and personal with a jump, knocked it down and earned an elimination.  When they say it is always the handler they were definitely right in this case J

Next up was Scud with Lucy.  At about the midpoint Scud came up to the teeter, run up to just past the mid point, and came off the side when the teeter started to tip.  Lucy put her back on and incurred an off course for repeating it.

Finally Teri and Cypher were up.  They had to wait a long time for their turn because Lucy had also run into the timing lights on the way out of the ring, so they had to be reset.  But the wait didn’t seem to bother them as they looked cool and collected at the start line.  Teri ran cautiously through the technical sequences and made sure she got her dogwalk, but at the end she tried to send Cypher around behind her and he did not quite get the message, so he came to her front and she ended up handling the last technical sequence with a lot of lateral and a few extra crosses to save the run.  So she did save it, and pulled out, almost clear ... only 1.5 seconds over time.

Next up were the Large Team dogs for their Team Jumpers run.  This course was very different from the Medium course and looked more like a fast Steeplechase course with a couple of backside obstacles and no Frame.  There were going to be a lot of qualifiers on this course, so it was imperative that  the Canadians pour it on!

Adrian was up first, and did just that, with a great fast, smooth performance to run clean and fast.  Fred followed in his footsteps and also had great tight flowing lines, and was on the last flowing line of jumps when Fred backed right into a jump and knocked it over – like Nikki incurring an E.

Feature was up last and on a long lead-out to a line of jumps Feature went around the forth jump to incur both a refusal and eventually 1/2 second time fault.

Next up were our small dogs.  Suzanne had pulled a muscle on Friday, and our team was not in the running for any sort of team placement, so she pulled out of team on Saturday to rest herself for the Sunday individual run.  So our Small team was only two dogs in the Jumpers round.

Both Dice and Briggs ran beautiful, smooth, flowing courses. Both ran clean, and both ran almost the same time, with Briggs edging Dice out only slightly.  Of course the two eliminations previously had put them  out of the running, but it was nice to end that team on such a great note.

Medium Team Jumping was up next.  Again Ninja was clean and quick, and this time Nikki left all the bars up too.

Cypher had one bar down and was again slightly over time, and Scud had an off course after a tricky technical section.   But they were just running for fun anyway.

Large Team was also not in the running, but hoped to pull out another couple of cleans.  The course was quite technical, although there were places to pour it on as well.

First up was Fizz, who had a refusal on the 3rd tunnel, missed a dogwalk contact, and came down on top of the double, costing him an additional 1.87 over time.

Next was Tanafon with Fred.  Once again the equipment got in the way of what could have been a great run; this time it was Tanafon who landed deep after a jump, and slid right into the broad jump incurring that dreaded E.

Last up was Feature, who ran clean and fast, on the VERY technical course.  A great way to end the day for the Canadians.  Tomorrow on to the finals in the Indvidual event.






Tough day for Canada at the FCI World Agility Championships


Today started off a little rough for teams trying to get to the World Championship, as the traffic around the site was backed up for blocks and blocks.  After waiting 1/2 hour in a completely stalled traffic jam, the bus unloaded team Canada, who had to walk a km to the site, and ended up getting there just before opening ceremonies.  Finally police arrived to try to clear up the traffic, but there was just not enough space for all the vehicles that were trying to get in. 

But finally we all got there and opening ceremonies was under way.  Lots of the regular officials greeting the athletes etc, and they gave away a guide dog; and then onto course building for the Large Individual Round.

The course was certainly a World class challenge, with lots of tight technical bits, and it took an early toll on the majority of dogs who tried to run it.  Our Canadian dogs also had a tough time of it.  Susan was up first with Feature, and she managed to pull out a clear round but it definitely wasn't pretty! 🙂  Her time placed her 30+ after round 1.

Next up was Adrian and Fizz, and he also got a bit discombobulated, but managed to avoid an E and come away with only a bar and some time faults.

Fred and Tanafon did not fare so well, taking an early off course for an unfortunate E.

Susan was then up again, this time with Encore, who smashed through the wall right at the beginning of the run.  After that she put it together and ran the rest of the course well, but the wall crash earned her a costly 10 faults.

Coming out of round 1 Large Individual Jumping in the top 3 were...

1st - Czech Republic - Border Collie - Kralova Terza - Nice

2nd - Austria - Border Collie - Lisa Frick - Hoss

3rd - Italy - Border Collie - Sicignano Gervasio - Winky


Next up was the Small Individual Jumping event and again we came out with one clean for Team Canada, as Jessica and Dice ran into 5th place in the Jumping Round.  Suzanne & Copine, and Cathy & Briggs both took off courses for an E, in a course that caused the vast majority of competitors to have eithor an E or time faults with a Refusal. 

The biggest challenge of the small dog course was the placement of the weave poles directly into the chute, with only a few feet from the end of the weaves to the shiny side of the chute.  Dog after dog got caught by the reflection in the chute as they came up to the 8-12th pole, and popped out to earn a refusal.


In Medium Individual Jumping, Nicky Gurr ran clean but was out of the running for a top placement, with a somewhat slower time. Scud and Lucy were looking good all the way aroudn the course, but got caught by a backside jump on the last few obstacles (it wasn't SUPPOSED to be a backside jump).  So she came out with an E.  Teri and Cypher were clean through the first part of the course, but Teri pulled a little early off the broad jump and Cypher sliced it.  Teri took him back to complete it, so they incurred only a refusal and time faults, rather than an E.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdMMKTrqHA0 Medium Team Video


The last event was Small Team Agility and again a tough course proved the downfall of a lot of competitors, with NO countries able to run three clean dogs.  But there were a few countries with only a few time faults, or a refusal.   For Team Canada both Copine and Briggs had an off course on a tight section, where the dogs were able to bounce jump over a jump that they were not supposed to take.  Dice again ran without incurring an E, but she did have a non contact call on the dogwalk.

So the Small Team will be running their Team Jumpers event tomorrow just for fun, and the Medium and Large Team are up in both their Team Jumping and their Team Agility rounds tomorrow, so anything could happen there!

On Site Team Canada Practice – FCI World Agility Championships

It is the day before World competition begins.  All the countries had their warm up today, so the dogs could climatize to the carpet, the surroundings, the equipment etc.

Team Canada was not up until almost 3:00 pm, but John, Justine, and I got there at 7:30 to watch the start of the warm-ups, and we watched all the countries throughout the day until the last country (France, as host country had this distinction) was saluted by the crowd at the end of their scheduled time.

It was interesting to note that there were a lot more good running contacts this year than two years ago (30% vs 5%).  I wish the catalogue would have mentioned the dogs' age, because it would have been interesting to note how many of the stop or early release contacts were among the older dogs - vs the younger dogs being trained with straight running from the get go.   I don't know that this is true, but it seemed to be the case in some of the countries.

There also seemed to be a lot more handlers sending their dogs to the back-side of jumps in the warmup. In almost every sequence that the countries were using to practice, in their few minutes on the floor, there was at least one back-side element.

There are, as usual loads of Border Collies and Shelties.  There are also a number of Malinois and Poodles (Toy / Miniature) and Pyrean Shepherds, Mudis, Parson Russells, and a few Kelpies, along with a smattering of more unusual breeds playing for their respective  countries.

Canada had a good warm up, with the dogs looking great on the floor, except for a bit of slipping here and there.  Here is a link to a video of the team Canada warmup...


Tomorrow is the big day, as we start with Large Individual Jumping and then move to Small Individual Jumping, Medium Individual Jumping, and finally Small Team Agility.

Team Canada Off Site Practice

Today started with the Team Canada practice at a local club's outdoor agility field (about an hour away).  The folks from the club where the practice was held were super friendly, and even had cookies and coffee on hand for the team.

There were some worrisome moments when a couple of the dogs had tumbles into or off of equipment, and three of the handlers also hit the ground trying to run on the slightly slick grass, but luckily no one seemed much the worse for wear.

After the practice the canadian team posed for a few pics.

Once the practice was over John, Justine, Teri and I headed over Arras and had lunch in a small outdoor cafe.  We then looked around for something touristy to do, and someone suggested climbing up to the top of the town's bellfry.  Seemed promising, so headed into the city hall, where the bellfry was located.  But when we into the area where the stairs were supposed to be we realized that a tour group was just going down the stairs, not up.  So we followed along and spent the next 40 minutes in a tour group, exploring the limestone tunnels and caverns undermeath the town of Arras.  (19 km of tunnels, where they quareyed limestone for statues, and where 45,000 armed soldiers resided before upcoming battles in the first world war.)

Then we went in the opposite direction and climbed to the very top of the town hall which looked out on the square and all of Arras and surrounding French countryside.











Tomorrow is the first day of the FCI World Championships.  No competition, but all the teams have their team warm up on the footing and the equipment. Justine, John and I will be headed out early from our hotel to catch the early teams practicing (it starts at 8:00 am, and the U.S. team had the first time slot).

While the competition itself is great fun to watch, the team practices can offer even more of an insight into what the other countries are doing in terms of training, and so can be invaluable in keeping up to date on where things are, and where they are going, in the sport of agility.