Monday, January 24, 2011

"Wasn't easy. Wasn't supposed to be"

Wow, I didn't know how to start this post until I recently saw this quote attributed to Roger Bannister, the runner who broke the four minute mile, and I thought this fits so well in describing our quest for the UDX title. Heaven knows, it wasn't easy and I don't believe attaining that title is meant to be easy.

But, we did it! Jackson qualified in both Open B and Utility B yesterday at a trial in La Crosse, Wisconsin to get his 10th leg and that elusive UDX title.


Now, for the rest of the story ..... It was a small trial and the facilities were really nice. Lots of room to crate and warm up. The only downside - when we walked out of the motel Sunday morning the temperature was 14 degrees below zero! That's not the wind chill folks, that was the temperature. But, we're from the Midwest so we're tough and we adjusted : )

The first day of the trial was a good day, except he went down on the three-minute sit in open. The high point Saturday was his score in open would have been a 192 if he hadn't NQd on the sit. Not a good score for competitive dogs, but a great score for Jackson! His utility score that day was the usual 176. He lost a lot of points on lack of precision on fronts and finishes and on the no sits on go outs - things we have been working on in practice but he loses in the ring. 

The second day (Sunday) we had utility first at 8 a.m. His utility exercises went better than Saturday although he was somewhat stressed as usual. He only had one go out with a no sit. His score was a 181.5! Yay, we finally broke out of the 170s. One down and one to go : )

I was nervous about open because of his sit problem the previous day. But, he did the exercises fine, stayed up on the long sit,  and ended up with a score of 189.5. Again, higher than his average score for open.

Thus we ended the UDX quest on a high note all around last weekend. Now, to ponder ... what next?


Lindsay said...

Woo hoo!!! Did you guys go out and celebrate?? What an accomplishment!:)

Jennifer H. said...

OMG Kathie!!!! I am so beyond excited for you!!!! HUGE, huge congrats!!! Way to go Kathie and Jackson!!!!!


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Amy / Layla the Malamute said...

Congratulations!! That's such a huge accomplishment. I loved reading your journey to get there. I agree, it isn't meant to be easy, and that makes it even more special that you attained it! I'm so, so happy for both of you. And, that's a beautiful picture!

Kathie R said...

Thanks so much for the congrats. We appreciate the support from our blogger friends!

Laura, Lance, and Vito said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! And what a way to do it too! You must be on top of the moon! I am so so happy for you and Jackson :)

doberkim said...

congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!! what an amazing accomplishment!!!!! i hope jackson got some yummy treats :)

Kennedy said...

That's an amazing accomplishment. Congratulations. I hope you're still enjoying cloud 9. :)

Kasha The Dainty Great Dane said...

I don't understand what all that competition stuff is all about but Congratulations!!

AARF Kasha the Dainty Great Dane

Honey the Great Dane said...

Oh my goodness - CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! Jackson - that is such a major, wonderful achievement - your human must be so proud of you! We are so happy for you. As for what next - well, a dance, of course! :-)

By the way, we've explained all about Mozzie-Monsters in our latest post!

Honey the Great Dane

andrea said...

HUGE congrats :)

been watching for the good news but didn't expect both on one day so missed it til now :)
liking the new goals too