Backyard Course Based on Masters Pairs Jumping Sequence - Annotated Video

03 Jun 2010Steve Schwarz

I enjoyed a recent Carol Voelkner USDAA Masters Pairs Course, it had a surprisingly tricky jumping sequence for the second dog, which I incorporated into a backyard practice setup with three sequences. Here’s the setup:

Course Setup

Course Setup With Obstacle Coordinates

In the diagram below the sequence 4-8 is very close to how Carol had it setup in her course. The dog can be really moving and handling strategies calling for multiple front crosses Front CrossLearning the Front Cross were hard to execute smoothly. For me the key was to get to the landing side of 7 on the way to 8. Otherwise it looks like you are Serpentining Serpentine SequenceSerpentine Handling Techniques jump 17/2.

Course Sequence 1

Sequence 1

This sequence has some of everything: Serpentines Serpentine SequenceSerpentine Handling Techniques, Jump Wraps Jump Wrap/WrapHandling 360 Jump Wraps aka "Over and Over" - VideoJump Wrap Handling TipsJump Wrap Handling - With Video, and Threadles Threadle SequenceMary Ellen Barry on Threadle HandlingThe Connection Between Threadles and Back SidesTraditional Threadle HandlingSingle Sided Threadle Handling:

Course Sequence 2

Sequence 2

The third sequence was the one we had the most problems with. The Serpentine to the 1st Threadle was fine but it was hard to rotate out of the threadle over jump 5 with a good line to jump 6. My first solution was to treat it as two Threadles and rotate to jump 6 which worked fine. Another was to follow the backy uppy jump wraps with rear crosses Rear CrossLearning the Rear Cross on each side of 5… One I didn’t run but could work would be two Backy Uppy jump wraps, Post Turn Post Turn/Shoulder Pull/Pivot TurnLearning the Post Turn to 5 and rear crossing on the landing of 5 to turn Meeker to 6.

Course Sequence 3

Sequence 3

Here’s video of Meeker and me running these sequences; I run each sequence with at least three variations. Of course you’ll see all our handling mistakes unedited! You’ll see we recorded this a while ago; it was below freezing on the morning when we ran some of the sequences; so I had to stop repeatedly to pour hot water on the A Frame to melt the frost! But at least there were no gnats or mosquitoes!

Please let me know how you ran these sequences.

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