Dearlove Nested Class Course - Sep 28 and Oct 5 2006

26 Sep 2006Steve Schwarz

This week’s sequences have a little of everything in them:

Jump Wraps Jump Wrap/WrapHandling 360 Jump Wraps aka "Over and Over" - VideoJump Wrap Handling TipsJump Wrap Handling - With Video, multiple Serpentines Serpentine SequenceSerpentine Handling Techniques, two jump Threadles Threadle SequenceMary Ellen Barry on Threadle HandlingTraditional Threadle HandlingThe Connection Between Threadles and Back SidesSingle Sided Threadle Handling and three jump Pin Wheels. I started with the three jump and tunnel configuration that I was using for Serpentine and Threadle work with Meeker and spun it out into a class course. I'll post some of the drills for the smaller setup soon.

There are two Intermediate team sequences. The first opens with a three jump Pin Wheel into a Serpentine to the tunnel. From the tunnel it is a “distorted” Serpentine to the table. From the table follows a final Pin Wheel.

The second Intermediate sequence opens with a four jump Serpentine ending with a Jump Wrap into the tunnel (that should be fun to run). From the tunnel it is a Jump Wrap into another Serpentine to the table. Then a full circle through a three jump Pin Wheel to finish.

The first Advanced team sequence opens with the same four jump Serpentine wrapping into the tunnel. Then the dogs take a 180 back into the tunnel. Coming out of the tunnel it is another Serpentine with run to a 180 and onto the table for a rest. Then it is a jump into a two jump Threadle to finish.

The second Advanced sequence is almost a reverse of the first. It opens with a two jump Threadle with Jump Wrap to a jump and the table. From the table, it is a 180 and a run to start a Serpentine to the tunnel. Then another 180 and back into the tunnel. From the tunnel it is a distorted Serpentine to the finish.

Course Setup With Obstacle Coordinates

Course Setup With Obstacle Coordinates

Intermediate Class

Intermediate Course Sequence 1Intermediate Course Sequence 2

The usual drill: have the handlers walk the course and run it once without any specified handling. Then discuss the following handling options for the left hand sequence:

  • Assume there is a start line at the bottom of the course. Does a Lead Out give you any advantage? If so where would you be? Where would you set up your dog? Which side of your dog will you be on taking jump 1? Which side of jump 1 will you be on?
  • The Pin Wheel can be handled from the center with a Rear Cross Rear CrossLearning the Rear Cross on the landing of jump 3 or by Pushing your dog out and staying along the line from jump 1 to jump 3 and Front Crossing Front CrossLearning the Front Cross over jump 3. Are there other options? What are the pros and cons?
  • How will you handle the Serpentine from 4-5-6? What side of the jumps do you want to be on? Does it depend on which way you wrap the dog from jump 6 into the tunnel? I wonder if single sided handling of the Serpentine is really the best approach in this case.
  • What side do you want to pick up you dog on coming out of the tunnel? Can you be on the landing side of jump 8 when the dog exits the tunnel?
  • I'm thinking handle 8-9-10-11 on the handler's right would be my approach; what is best for you?
  • Will you just stay in the pocket for the final Pin Wheel? What if you have a slow dog? Maybe Front Cross from 13 to 14?

Advanced Class

Advanced Course Sequence 1Advanced Course Sequence 2

Walk it, run it, discuss it, and run it again! The left hand sequence is discussed below:

  • Assume the start line is at the bottom of the course, does a Lead Out give you any advantage? If so where would you like to be? I'm thinking between 1 and 2 on the right of the jumps.
  • Can you run 1-2-3-4 all from one side using one sided Serpentine handling? Should you? Just like the Intermediate course, does it matter which way you wrap your dog around jump 4?
  • Stay in the pocket for 6-7-8? How will you help your dog turn tight to you coming out of the tunnel? Think about where you need to be for the next sequence when planning your handling for this simple part of the course.
  • Which side of jumps 9-10-11 will you be on? Can you get in position while your dog is in the tunnel?
  • Dog on your left or right on the way to jump 12? In other words Post Turn Post Turn/Shoulder Pull/Pivot TurnLearning the Post Turn and Rear Cross or Front Cross and Post Turn from 11-12?
  • Will you just stay in the pocket for the final Pin Wheel? What if you have a slow dog? Maybe Front Cross from 16 to 17?

Please add your comments and handling approach(es) for these courses below!

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