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Monday, 10 June 2013

Abbots Langley Carnival

We had a weekend off from competing this weekend to give a display at the Abbots Langley Carnival with our training club, Watford ATC.  We had about an hour display to give in the afternoon showing off dog agility to the public.  It gained a lot of interest with lots of people cheering us on.

Everyone in deep preparation for the event
It was generally a very relaxing day.  We spent most of it sat around in the gazebo or wandering around the carnival.  Quite a lot of members of the club were there and it was good to build more club spirit.  We hadn't spoken to a lot of people at the club prior to this event so it was definitely good for us.

On to the agility.  We had an agility round to start with to show off the equipment.  Patrick decided to make it more fun for the audience by putting two tunnels next to each other under the A-frame!  It did make it more entertaining as quite a few of us went wrong, but then no one really cared as long as we all had fun.  We ran all four of ours, including Zazu.  All four of them ran nicely.  Winnie was running like she does in training and was enjoying it.  Zazu was also very good as this was the first time we have run him in front of such a crowd.  He did a few jumps, a wall, tunnels and the dog walk.

After this we had a team really race.  Just a few jumps and a tunnel, but two teams running against each other.  We ran Zazu with the small dogs and again he ran very well.  He only missed one jump when he was running at an angle, but after each run he got better.

There were quite a few of the beginner dogs and handlers at the display, and they were all very good.  It was the first time a lot of them had done anything like this before.  Everyone was enjoying themselves and so were the dogs.  There were no disasters.  We are going to another display in a couple of weeks at the Shenley Fete.  Hopefully that  won't be quite as frantic!