Friday, March 11, 2016

Agility Season Opener & Our First Snooker Super Q

Rocco Havanese dog agility table
Rocco keeps an eye on me as he leaps on the table
The agility season in our neck of the woods has officially started and last weekend we had loads of fun at a USDAA event at Chicopee Woods, just outside of Atlanta.

We didn't take any video at this one, but we did walk away with a new title (in advanced Gamblers) and our first Snooker Super Q!

A Super Q is a qualifying run in Master Snooker where you have to both qualify AND place in the top 15 percent of dogs in your height group. It can be incredibly elusive and we were honestly quite shocked to get our first one! But Rocco was smoking hot and accurate, so we were able to amass a large quantity of points while taking all four red jumps and finishing the entire course.

The rules get kind of confusing, but if you're interested you can read more about the strategy here.

This is what the course map looked like for our run:


We had the choice of taking three or four "red" jumps (marked with "R"). After each red jump, you need to take one of the numbered jumps, and then after completing that opening sequence you proceed to the closing sequence -- taking obstacles 2 - 7 in order.  So the idea is to devise your own opening sequence that your dog will take both fast and accurately. If you drop a bar or have an off-course, you are immediately eliminated.

Here's a look at our opening sequence (numbered in red). Then we were able to finished the rest of the course -- numbered 2 - 7 -- within the allotted amount of time.


Most importantly, we had a super amount of fun. We'll be back at it this weekend at an AKC agility trial!

Rocco Havanese agility dog USDAA Snooker Super Q
Rocco with his game face on!

What super things are you up to this weekend?
Let us know in the comments below!


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17 comments:

  1. Awesome, more wins and ribbons for you! I hope to get my tracking title this weekend, but Mom is not real confident. We shall see.

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  2. Those courses look so hard - I don't know how you don't get confused!

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    1. It's hard at first and then you start to look for patterns... but I still get lost sometimes!

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  3. That looks like some hard stuff
    Lily & Edward

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    1. It's not too hard once you learn what to do. And the learning is part of the fun!

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  4. Goodness that looks complicated, but fun! Mom is going to Global next week and abandoning me, hopefully she'll make up for it with lots of goodies. You'll be coming to visit before we know it! Love Dolly

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    1. Oh, your mom will have a great time at Global and hopefully bring back treats for you! We'll see you likely on Mother's Day weekend!

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  5. Oh wow! That looks so fun! Congratulations!

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  6. That looks like a blast! Congrats!

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  7. Congratulations on a great job. It looks super complicated!

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  8. You must be so excited that the season has started, and especially that you are off to such a great start! I also have to say that it looks very complicated, so I'm quite impressed that you and Rocco did so well!

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