First AKC Agility Trial was All-or-Nothing!

Ashton competed in his very first AKC Agility trial and we are so happy with him. He loves agility so much. We went into the trial hoping for the best but expecting, well, a corgi. He was the amazing all-or-nothing pup and competed in Standard (the course with the A-frame, tunnels, dog walk, etc..) and in Jumpers With Weaves (like it sounds, jumps and weave poles, sometimes a tunnel). During the three day trial he would NQ (not qualify) on one of his runs and be a super star in the other.

 

Day one: Standard he got into the chute and got lost. Not sure how that happened but if you can imagine your corgi under a blanket, head turning like he's looking around, that is pretty much what he was like. He then decided the best course of action was to turn around and come back out to see if there was another way. He looked at the side of the chute, then the other side, then finally decided to go through it. He went over course time by 7 seconds because of that adventure. Honestly it was hard not to laugh it was so cute! JWW he scored 100 and took home the Blue.

 

Day two: Standard he was on. Scored 100 and got another Blue. JWW... he was having a beautiful run until something caught his eye and he ran through the middle of the course to look at someone/something outside the ring. He didn't leave the ring but it was waaaaay off course. I knew it was the end when his expression changed from focused to that big "oh hi there!" corgi smile. Well, at least what ever distracted him made him really happy.

 

Day three: Standard he had another perfect run. Scored 100 and got another Blue. Video of this run was taken by one of our agility club members (thanks Cindy!) and I think the best part is his Superman flying leap into the tunnel! JWW he decided that the bar setter was being neglected by far too many competitors so he went off course to say hi to him. Once again, big o' corgi smile while running off course all the while my hubby trying to get him to re-focus. He is such a corgi!

All in all it was a wonderful experience. My hubby had a blast and said he hadn't had that kind of competitive rush since high school sports. Ashton got his first agility competition under his belt and over all had a great time (lots of loves and treats, two things that make for a happy corgi). Me, I caught a cold and was incredibly nervous. I'm not sure if I can handle the stress! LOL

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Comment by Gail & Ashton on April 11, 2011 at 7:57pm
My husband thanks all of you for the compliments and yes it is all going to his head. He knows for sure they can get a MACH (eventually). LOL Ashton is going to another trial in May so if all goes well he might leave the trial with his first agility title! That is, as long as nothing distracts the little boy from his assigned task. Hmmm, I wonder if corgis are like kids with ADHD...
Comment by Carrie Ritter on April 11, 2011 at 3:01am

I love the pic, he is focused on you. I hope to trial Sherman for the first time at the end of the year, hope it goes as well :)

 

Comment by Ace and Jen on April 11, 2011 at 1:53am
Go ashton Go! W00T W00T
Comment by Carry Mackenzie on April 7, 2011 at 7:45pm
What a great little guy!!! He is 100%!!!
Comment by David on April 7, 2011 at 7:41pm
Good job!  Ashton looks like a pro!
Comment by Lois B. Allen on April 7, 2011 at 7:09pm
He is just wonderful and I know you are both proud of him.  But Corgis always have the last laugh.
Comment by Jennifer Markley on April 7, 2011 at 6:38pm
I absolutely love his determined look! I tried agility with Seanna, but believe it or not she got bored.
Comment by Bax & Zigs & Rosie on April 7, 2011 at 6:31pm
Congrats! It looks like you both had a blast!
Comment by Gail & Ashton on April 7, 2011 at 5:56pm

Thanks all for the compliments. I do have to say that my husband is doing a stellar job in training and handling Ashton. I do have to point out at the end of the video Ashton, instead of turning around and celebrating his great run with my husband, decided he needed to say hi to the leash runner. LOL Go figure. Everyone is there to give him attention and she was no exception.

 

I do have to say I am surprised he has yet to visit with any of the judges during agility or rally. It's only a matter of time. LOL

Comment by Rebecca Marie O'Bryan on April 7, 2011 at 5:30pm
wow that was great! thanks for posting:) u can just see how much he is focusing on you in that picture and how much fun he is having in the video

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