The Hungarian National Championship is one of the most prestigious competition of the year and always the best teams compete there. I waited this event with quite a big excitement as I knew there we would meet a lot of great competitors also a lot of great old friends. It was a great day indeed, and as expected lots of super teams turned up. As an open competition it gave a good opportunity for a little test, to see where about we are at the moment compering to the others. With a young and beginner dog like Jet is and so little competition experience behind, I felt I really challenged ourselves this time.
On the previous days of the competition I was quite nervous and annoyed but all this feeling vanished while we were driving to the agility hall. The mini class started the day so I had time to get accustomed to the place and the atmosphere, and to have a good walk with Jet. By the time the large jumping course building started I felt easy and relaxed, and had a lot of energy to run the course. I knew that I can trust Jet 100%, that she feels good at that atmosphere, and would happily run with me. It is something fantastic to have a dog like her who I can really trust , and know that she would give her best and do exactly what we practiced on the trainings.
The jumping run came first. It was quite a technical course I think but there was no surprise , when I saw the course I knew we can manage it. I had plenty of time to learn the path and create the handling strategy for that as I was somewhere in the middle of all the starters. So while I was waiting for my turn I had a chance to watch a couple of runs, and think through what I want to do. Then our time arrived, following a good warm-up we were already at the start line.
Everything was quite smooth, thought I made some unnecessary movements that cost a lot of time, but still we finished this run on the second place. The hardest part of this course was the 7-8 obstacle combination, the weave was very far from the jump n7, and lot of dogs went off-course to the tunnel. I didn’t plan but during the run I happen to make a front cross before the weave, making the line a bit more easy for Jet to the weave entry. Before the n15 I wanted to do a blindX – this was my plan 🙂 – but I was not fast enough to execute that in the run so I did a turn-away what actually was really a cool thing to do. At least I felt like that 🙂 The set from the last tunnel (n16) was easy-peasy so we just nicely left the course. 🙂
Then came the agility in a “handicap” running order. As we finished the jumping on the second place it meant that we run the agility as the second last team. So again I had time to prepare 🙂 I was happy with this run again, we made it clean and I was especially happy with the lines we could run at 7-9 and 13-16. It was really nice and thight. The contact preformance is not very strong at the moment , and what was new to me that Jet seems to spend too much time in the tunnel so I have to help her with my voice – what I didn’t do so far. We need to improve in these because this costs really a lot of time at the moment 😦
Well, but alltogether of course I am very very happy, finishing on the 3rd place overall in the National Championship is really a small dream that came through. The best of all that we both were really relaxed, had no stress at all and this is really why I think our future is very promising. We can be any good at trainings if we are overstressed at competition situation and make a lot of mistake by nervousness.
Soooo! Again, needless to say anything about how MUCH I love running with my Jetie. She IS just perfect.
Here is the video about the runs:
Last but not least let me say a few words about the results of the Kraft – Team, that reflects all the hard work that Erika Szoboszlay does for us.
So in the team competition the Kraft Large (including us) finished on the 3rd place, the Small-Midi team became National Champion. Zsófi Bíró with a small parson russell Schilla won the mini individual cathegory, also Vivien Tóth who became junior mini champion with her poodle Kelsie, competes in the Kraft-Team. Apart from these results the team-members reached many podium places in the different runs. Thank you Era!!! ❤
The next competition is in mid January, the MEOE-ASB Winter Cup, and a Kraft Cup is on the following weekend. I can’t wait to be there 😉