Sunday, May 3, 2009

World Team Try Outs - Austria 2009

Marsha, Carrie, Bill and I made a one day field trip to MN, to watch the AKC World Team Try Outs on Saturday May 2nd.

This was the first day of competition with each height (14/18/26) running 3 times. The winner of those 3 rounds at the end of the day makes the team.

Below are the first 3 2009 World Team Members.

Small - Melanie Del Villaggio and Dara - Shetland Sheepdog - (under 13 3/4") - 14"
Medium - Ashley Deacon and Luka - Pyrenean Shepherd (16 7/8" and under) - 18"
Large - Channan Fosty and Icon - Border Collie (Over 16 7/8") - 26"

Being fairly "local", it was fun to see some people that you trial with on a regular basis. Iowa was represented by Renee and her Yellow Labrador, Belle.

Round Two the the World Team Participants will be decided on Sunday May 3rd using the following criteria. -

World Team spot #2 comes from top placements in all five rounds of competition.

Dogs placing in the top 30% of their jump height in any round get points (5 points for 1st place, 4 points for 2nd place, etc. if there were 16 dogs). Dogs must have a clean round to get points for that round.

The dog with the highest number of points wins spot #2.

If there is a tie in points, the dog that placed in the most rounds wins the spot. If there is still a tie, the dog with the most 1st places wins – if needed, the dog with the most 2nd places wins, etc. If still tied, the dogs with the highest number of seconds under SCT from placing rounds wins.

Michele Persian and Bria were running as a demo dog in the 18" class. Unfortunately, Bria measured slightly above the 16 3/4" measurement and wasn't able to compete for a place on the team. She was able to run the course however and did very well on her 3 rounds.

Michele will be in the area on Friday June 5th. If you would like to have a private lesson or a mini (small group) seminar, please let me know ASAP and I'll set something up.

Below is Michele and Bria's round 3 WTTO run.

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