Scilla 6th place at the World Champs - a special event that both dogs&handlers get pumped up by
A very special event after a year's break due to the South-African location, where top level competitors meet.
2 years have passed and my life changed a lot since. Many seminars all over the globe, a lot of competitions, many of those have improved to almost AWC level - but this event is never comparable to any other.
Unfortunately one of our team members, Gory was not able to run due to health issues, but a wonderful reserve has taken his place. So Kleo and Scilla had 2 AWC-novice teammates this time: shelties Panna and Cinke.
We had good preparation with a lot of competitions beforehands and a good rest with only a little training and a regular mental training in the last 2 weeks.
I was a bit disillusioned though due to our 1st run (Teams Jumping), in fact I never had a mistake at AWC-s before, so this refusal in an easy situation did not really do good to my mood, I had to get pumped again. It was a bit easier to deal with this, as my mistake wasn't the only one in the team, so it didn't really make any difference from the results' point of view. But definitely this is something for me consider, I lately start competitions with some kind of a fault and then get the real flow.
And so we did! From this point on, all the other 3 runs resulted clean!!!! Teams Agility brought The Real Flow, that was probably also the most tricky course during the weekend - and I love challenges! I also loved Individual Jumping with that funny slalom entry, these situations bring me the spirit for giving it all!
Little Scilla was in perfect condition, I love to see how much she enjoys the atmosphere, the crowd, the sounds. Amazing how harmony works amongst us - when something is missing from one, the other can surely complement it and we become perfect together! Probably this is what Team Spirit is about! When one is down, the other will just pull him up, and the flow of energies bring the rest - including results.
Results that I think our supporters are more excited about than I am. 6th place sounds really cool but I rather wished to reach with perfect runs - and this time our individual agility had some moments that should've been more punctuate from my side. Anyway, I'll keep training to make sure next year I can support Scilla with my very best performance! ;o)
Amazing to look back how we reached all this: I am really thankful for my physiotherapist: Márti Sarkadi who made me get well after the evil sheep broke my ligament back in December: without Márti I would've not been able to run qualis. Then of course my always helpful external eye: Erika Szoboszlay who helps us getting prepared at her trainings and is always there at AWC-s to talk every little detail through.
I would also like to thank my Mental Trainer, Sándor Nagy, who is a REAL PRO, our preparations are just inevitable for being so constant with clean runs.
See you all next year in Italy!
Scilla got qualified for the EO and the World Champs again
Exciting months before qualis but WE DID IT!!! Extremely speedy recovery from a torn ligament, harmony in runs and Scilla was the best of S&M dogs again: reaching the right to run both in Teams and Individual at the biggest events of the year!!!
EO will be very special in 2014 as it is organized by Hungary - so apart from not having to travel far (which actually we always enjoy), a high number of our country's maniacs can run and can come to cheer! The atmosphere will definitely rock!!!!
And the WorldChamps - after a year of almost all Europe starving for this event, we will be back, with very nice teammates again - hope we can continue the results of 2012 or even reach higher!!!! Can't wait!!!
Our quali weekends&runs:
Trainings restarted - alias: my 2nd renessaince in agility
13th of February. It was 6 weeks ago that a sheep ran into my knee. I could say very bad words for this sheep but I prefer taking what happened as an opportunity to see all from a different aspect again. Why not? Many sportsmen get injured, even in more serious ways and if they are strong&passionate enoguh, they do recover. So why couldn't I? I had many, even very deep thoughts passing by my head about this but not to bore you, dear Reader with all that: let me just emphasize a chance for focusing on the creativity of my dogs, a chance to realize again how lovely friends I have and a chance to even see this aspect of sport: learning how to re-start from first walking steps to a well- functioning system (which I'm actually still very far from).
So please accept our first agility video with Scilla who does remember it all, who although suffered sometimes for being over-energetic but was still patient enough to accept and be my mate in learning it all again:
...and that of Kaija, shot at the Köves-bérci Betyár meeting. She's been doing foundation basically since she was with me, hardly any agility - but yesss, it is being proved again: good foundation works perfectly when you go on course. The dog will understand your body language, no matter if it was taught outside of the agility course.
How to survive when you're physically unable to keep your dogs busy
1 month has passed and of course no other activity is comparable to agility, so little Scilla, the always energetic terrier lady is the one who rather has problems staying calm. We do tricks, she runs in the park, but she doesn't really get tired by that.
For Kaija it's easier as she is not used to ANYTHING happening around, so whatever we do is more than usual for her. She is getting much better in different environments, she's not distracted any more if a dog walks by: not meaning that she would not bark but she is able to keep her concentration on me and not run off right away. Of course, if I don't pay enough attention and she sees the other dog first, she goes ;o)
So here's our January 2014 video, we wish everyone a happy new year with this:
Shall 2014 Start with Online Coaching
Well, I just took Kaija herding... She did get the feeling... and out of the blue, one of the sheep bumped into my left knee... Running to the doctor, getting a plaster on happened so fast - but this also meant having to cancel almost all agility-related activities of mine, at least for a month. I hope only for a month...