Sunday, September 5, 2010

PBH Trial

Our first away trial was a lot of fun.  It was different not knowing many people (we honestly knew 3 people...and one was Stuart!), not knowing who was in charge, where things were, etc...but everyone was very nice.

Not the most amazing weekend, but we did what we set out to do, get Bentley his Advanced Snooker Title!  So Yay!  He is now, Coastal's Blue Train Special CGC SS SJ SG SSA AD AJ AS--woohoo!  It's about time, seeing as Snooker is definitely his best event.

We didn't get any other Qs, but we'll discuss that within each video description.

1.  Advanced Snooker--yay title!  Bentley did great!  Jonathan did 4 reds (only 3 necessary), and went for the 7 point obstacle the first 3 times (it was tunnel + 3 jumps).  He knocked a bar once, but he still had plenty of points (51) to Q.

2.  Advanced Gamblers--Bentley did well, but didn't get the gamble.  He bailed on the teeter (still got his contact), then wouldn't go back out.  I think he could have done it, but it just wasn't in the cards that day.

3.  Masters Jumpers--These jumpers courses were honestly the toughest that I've seen.  The judge was Dave Hanson (for future reference!)  There were a lot of unavoidable crosses on top of jumps very tightly set.  In this run, Bentley takes off for the tunnel...the only thing I can think of is that I said "right", and he cut right too quickly, so he got a refusal.  However, he was MOVING!  I think that might be the fastest I've seen him go in a trial.  In retrospect, there are several things I did poorly.  I shouldn't have crossed the way I did before the tunnel...I ended up just waiting for him and I'm lucky he didn't refuse the tunnel.  But, he was quick and had drive, so I was proud of him.

4. Masters Jumpers--We started the day with this course.  Another really tough course.  Honestly, it was like nothing I've seen before.  I handled the beginning awkwardly (with a pivot) instead of RC to the tunnel because I was afraid it would pull him out.  Instead, he missed the jump after the pivot--my fault.  Then, he reads one front cross perfectly, and totally misses the jump at the next FC I add.  It was the first time I've seen a serpentine in a course, and he handled it perfectly!  

5.  Advanced Gamblers--Jonathan was nice enough to let me run this event.  Normally, Jonathan does gamblers.  I was feeling a little down after our jumpers run, so he let me run this one.  Bentley did well!  I forget how forgiving gamblers (the opening) is.  For the gamble, I knew he would go to the far end of the tunnel going over the jump, so I chose to bring him into me, and send him back out.  It took 2 tries, but he did get it, and I was ecstatic  (note the fist pump when he gets in the tunnel).  Then, he gets out and completed the gamble!  I was thrilled (please note the ridiculous happy leap I do!!!!), but he was slightly over time.  Oh well, my little velcro dog completed and advanced gamble.  Huge step for us.

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