Dana Pike Advanced Class Course - Feb 17 2005
07 Mar 2005Dana Pike had one of her crafty Jumpers-style courses setup for us this past week. None of the handlers "Q"'d it the first time through (and only a couple the second time). The 16-17-18 and the 19-20-21 jump sequences were particularly challenging.
There is a lot going on in this course. So much so that I’ll just itemize some of the handling approaches and course challenges:
- at the end of the weave poles to avoid the off-course tunnel entrance
- Front Cross between jumps 7 and 8 to setup a Post Turn into the weaves
- A Front Cross from jump 10 to jump 11 with the handler staying to the left of jump 11.
- The 11-12-13-14 Pin Wheel was handled universally by staying in the pocket and using .
- From the tunnel it was a foot race to get to the landing side of jump 17. If the handler could pre-cue the Front Cross at jump 17 they could pick the dog up on their right arm as it landed after jump 17. A step forward and a Post Turn then put the dog over jump 18. The tight spacing made the timing critical.
- Handlers signalled a short stride (or pre-cued a Front Cross) prior to jump 19 to get a tight wrap around the jump standard. Most handlers turned the dog to their left around the jump.
- Even if the dog was already on a right Lead Leg before jump 20 a Half Cross was needed between jump 20 and 21 to get the dog on the correct side of jump 21.
- The closing sequence can be handled with the dog on the handler's left through the whole sequence if the handler can run the full distance (the dog's curling back to a lagging handler at jump 24 helps too).
This is definitely a course I’d like to set up and run again. Here’s another challenging sequence Dana devised using the same obstacle setup.