It was a barn hunt and FastCAT weekend in Boone! We sure had a lot of fun even though it was super hot and humid, the good times prevailed. For me and Olivia, it was out first time trying FastCAT. Bailie did FastCAT about a year ago and also loved it.
The trials were held at the Boone County Fairgrounds. We didn’t take a photo of it, but we found it amusing that there was a big “No Dogs” sign right by the entrance!
Barn hunt was a lot of fun I was flying around the ring, climbing, jumping, totally enjoying myself. Unfortunately, I only got one Q out of four runs because I forgot about telling Mom where the rats were. No matter, Mom and I worked on our issue and it got better each run. Olivia had trouble finding all four rats on her senior runs and by the second day, she was too hot and tired and didn’t even want to hunt. The main thing is we had a good time.
FastCAT we have decided is the best sport ever! You have to check in before each run to make sure you are not in heat, and you are not injured. Olivia also had to be measured. Some of the FastCat guidelines are:
- There are three classes, under twelve inches, twelve to eighteen inches, and over eighteen inches.
- A dog needs 150 points to get a BCAT title, 500 for DCAT, and 1000 for FCAT.
- There is a formula to calculate the mph run by the dog and then a multiplier to even out the scores for the different sized dogs.
- The run is 100 yards long. A lure, normally plastic bags tied on a rope and pulled by a motor, is what we chase.
Olivia ended up at about seventeen and a half inches, and I am fourteen inches, so we are both medium. Being medium means our mph is multiplied by 1.5 to get our points for each run.
We each got in four runs, two per day. At the end, I have about 98 points, and Olivia has 119 points. How fast does a GBGV run? My fastest run was 17.68 mph over the 100 yards. Not bad for being short! Olivia was the family speed winner at 20.86 mph. Everyone says we will get faster the more we do it, so we shall see about that.
At the end of the barn hunt and FastCAT weekend, we each ended up with four Q’s in FastCAT, and I had one Q in barn hunt. What we really ended up with was a ton of fun, and we were wiped out by the time we got back home! Stop by tomorrow to see Olivia go wild seeing the lure, and then watch her do a run.
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