Des got his wish with us taking 8 teams to Southridge. Was it busy? Yes. Was it Fun? Yes.
Both Saturday and Sunday saw us running 4 teams each day with a fabulous BBQ in the evening. Ian, Victoria and Mark were chief cooks, all team members providing something, food or wine, and of course Mell’s fabulous cakes and Anna’s Lemon Cheesecake. (Yes I got some this week)
We celebrated Mick’s, Ian’s and Helen’s birthdays in style, as well as Rosemary and Roger celebrating their first anniversary of running with Cambridgeshire.
Canines were in Div 1 with Ellen running Lexey, Mell with Cookie (Lovely to see you Mell), Nicole with Layla and Pamela with Bailey and Steve on the Box. Some fabulous racing.
Cannons (Div 3) were next with Jan and Ruby, Sam and Buzz, Sharon and Copper and Wendy with Tizzy. Mick was the Box loader for this team… again, great racing.
Our Cadets Team (Little League) with all dogs showing fabulous progress. Looking so good for the future. Izzie (Sharon) did a full run using the Rabbit ball, Teddi (Sue) doing full runs and bringing the ball back. Bella was paw perfect and put in a PB of 4.61. Jessie (Sam) is so reliable and Skye (Rosemary) had a play and backed them up as needed. Pamela box loaded for them and Roger was the Judge for their division.
Crusaders (Div. 4). Hope (Ian), Poppy (Des), Frank (Helen), Bryn (Pamela) and Winnie (Sharon.) Making a long awaited return to this job was Ellen as Box loader. Anne has some great pics to mark this occasion. Also, Rosemary made her debut as an Assistant Line with Mell being an excellent teacher. Again there is pictorial evidence of this from Anne.
I believe Poppy was a bit of a “Terrierist” but the team still did well. Hope showed her confidence improving and ran in the red lane as well as the blue. Not only did this but she done a PB of 4.08
We even had a whole division off which was very welcome to have a bite to eat and sort non-racing dogs
As said in the first paragraph we rounded off a marvellous day with a Team BBQ.
- Canines. 2nd. (Tied for 1stbut other team had a faster time)
- Cannons 1st.
- Crusaders. 1st
- Cadets 3rd
What amazing results for our 4 teams? Couldn’t get any better. (Or could it?)
A bit of a late start this morning. (Could this have anything due to the celebrations on Saturday night? I wonder….)
4 teams again today. Catapults were on first. (Div. 2) Raife (Elaine), Tally (Ellen), Lennie (Ian) and Breeze (Mick) Roger was Box Loader.
Lennie again showed how well he is progressing, running in both lanes all the day. Ellen had the job of running into Raife and did very well, especially as no practice had been done. The team ran consistently for another good result.
Next up, Mark was Judge and several of us were RP which gave the others some “free time” to catch up on breakfast and checking on their non-running dogs and in the afternoon some took the opportunity to begin “breaking Camp” ready for home.
Crossbows, Amber (Steve), Mikey (Sue), Reeva (Alex) and Tully (Victoria) Box Loader was Sam,were in the same division as Cavalry. (Div.6)
Sam (Becca), Oscar (Helen) Taggle (Rosemary), Jess (Elaine) and Katy and Milo (Northants) (Came in as a sync dog as Monty had a sore foot). Ian Box loaded for Cavalry.
Our first race was a H2H and was a very exciting race. At one point we had brother and sister rerunning against each other.
For Crossbows, Tully showed some excellent turns on the box and Victoria was thrilled with her crossovers.
Again, all handlers and dogs in both teams had some fantastic races.
Chuggers were our last Team of the weekend. (Div. 10) Remus (Ellen), Charlie P (Mark), Marley (Nicole), Boogie (Sam) and Wizz (Sue) were joined by Beau and Susan from Hot Shots as a sync dog. Roger was Box Loader.
Remus showed how well he is coming on and doing full runs, bringing his ball back to Ellen. Charlie only had one “blip” that I saw, but in the afternoon he came back with a bang and helped his team to a breakout? Go Chuggers!
Marley is gaining confidence and ran well, and Boogie and Wizz were so reliable.
- Catapults 2nd
- Cavalry. 1st
- Crossbows 2nd
- Chuggers 1st.
Cadet : Hope and Anne, Wiz and Sue, Mikey and Sue
Cadet Advanced : Bryn and Pamela, Wendy and Tizzy, Raife and Elaine, Tully and Victoria
It was a really hot weekend and believe it or not NO RAIN. (At least not until the end of Sunday Presentation, but it was only a few spots)
Another fabulous weekend with fun and excitement to counteract the hard work. Ellen had quite a full weekend as Level 3 judge, measurer and Lights co-ordinator as well as running her dogs and doing Team Captain duties.
Each Team had a “Team Leader”. Ellen, Des, Wendy and Becca – Well done!
8 teams. 4 first, 3 second and one third… What an achievement 🙂
OOH. And did I mention the Team BBQ? Great evening.
Belated happy birthday to Helen, Mick and Ian.
Looking forwards to our next adventure. Crufts Qualifier at Nuneaton. Good luck Cambridgeshire.