Madison began her agility career on Saturday at a NADAC trial just a few miles from home. She started with puppy agility eighteen months ago. Mom thought about quitting a lot until this spring when Madison seemed to finally “get it.” Team Pink plans to mostly run in AKC trials, but this trial was a perfect test to see how things would go outside agility school. She might be the first GBGV to run in NADAC as the breed was not on the list when she registered, it had to be added.
The trial was held at Soccer Blast, an indoor, climate controlled venue, used for soccer. Mom had never even thought about all the new challenges from spectators, artificial turn, people in the ring and more. It was an ideal place to test out Madison’s abilities.
When Madison had just started puppy agility, Mom broke her ankle. This gave her career a disadvantage from the start, but she is not a quitter, and neither is Mom, so they stuck with it. Jumps and weaves had to wait until last August to come into play for Madison because of her young age, but she picked both items up quickly. Madison was often the joke of the class being super slow, stopping at every jump, climbing over jumps one leg at a time, getting to the top of the A-Frame and refusing to come down, running off course to visit friends, and once she even peed in a tunnel! Despite all that, Mom kept going and was determined to see Team Pink be successful.
Even though Mom plans for Madison to run AKC agility, NADAC offers an intro option without weaves or teeters which is what she wanted. Madison does weaves, but needs more work with them in the middle of a course, and she has a bit of a teeter fear. Her first run on Saturday was contacts. She did have a clean run, but in the beginning, she thought the walk it was a teeter and took to much time before finally going over. No Q because she was too slow. Her second run she visited a course helper which caused her to run the wrong way through a hoop, meaning no Q.
Next up was two rounds of Jumpers. Madison did amazing on both of these runs where she earned Q’s.
She placed fifth on the first run, and second on the second run.
Her last two runs were on the Regular Course. By the time she ran these, she was getting tired and had slowed down considerably. The first run, she stopped to visit the judge, photographer, and course helper. To help keep her focused, Mom ran on the outside in the second run to create a barrier between Madison and the distracting people, and it worked.
Madison Q’d on both runs, earning second place on the first run, and a first place on the second run!
What about Bailie? She was along to be Madison’s cheerleader, but I don’t think she did much of that. I found this photograph of her back in a corner somewhere getting a full body massage! That girl sure knows how to live the good life!
Madison will be working hard on her teeter and weave skills, and hopes to enter an AKC trial in the coming months. Depending on timing, they will probably do some more NADAC trials now and then too. For now, Mom and Madison are super proud of their first attempt at an agility trial! They had a ton of fun, and success to boot! Little Madison continues to be the family over achiever, a job she does well!