Storm Chasers ran consistently all day yet again gaining a new seed time of 18.20! Roi was a star running 4.2-4.3 all day, with Katherine getting several rolling starts! Jasmine was as crazy as ever and finally broke her 4.4 barrier and ran 4.31 which is fabulous for a dog of her size. Mia ran consistently all day with a fastest time of 4.5. Inca had a little head pop toward the end of the day and paid a visit to the other lane, but overall she did really well, managing a fastest time of 4.4. Really happy with all of them and we came away with a well deserved second place, we've still not seen that illusive first place rosette yet, but it's coming!
Now to the important bit: Storm Hunters, this team was orginally trained to run as: Kane, Ronnie, Macdui, Honey with Tes and Roxy apprenticing (i.e running occasional legs in order to build their confidence). This did NOT go as planned! Ronnie had a scare at his last outing at this venue and was refusing to go up the lane, so rather than "flogging a dead horse" we decided to pull him from this tournament and concentrate on getting him back on form for Drax, which runs on grass (and much less spooky). That wasn't the end of the world, as between Roxy and Tes we were sure we could manage to complete on the day. At training the night before the competition Macdui came down with a nasty tummy bug, so of course he couldn't race, which left us with two reliable open dogs and two very "green" starter dogs, we still planned to race and would run NFC if necessary (Not For Competition). On the morning of the tournament Kane's paw (which had previously been injured) wasn't looking very good, so we couldn't run him either! This left us with only three dogs, giving us no choice but to run NFC. At the start of the day we allowed the other team to finish their race and then sent our dogs, reason being Tes and Roxy have been known to run out and chase dogs in the other lane, which of course we didn't want to happen, so we played it safe and allowed the other team to finish, as the day went on we sent Tes and Roxy earlier and earlier and by the end of the day were running against the other lane! Roxy had a tiny blip and visited the other lane, but was back on track straight away, Tes ran paw perfect all day! I cannot tell you how pleased I am with them, brand new dogs running better than I could have ever imagined on their first time out!
Can't wait for next week at Drax, team should be back to full strength and our "open fledglings" should be able to gain their first flyball points!!