Lightening Strikes – Maidstone 09/10/16

This week saw 4 of our teams travelling to Maidstone, to take part in the first of Lightning Strikes indoor block tournaments.  After a rather early start we all arrived a bit bleary eyed ready to start the days racing by ring part duties assisting the judge (a very gentlemanly Darren Dent!!).  We then moved swiftly into racing.

Canines:

Lexey Millie Bailey Tally Layla 9"

Cannons:

Merlyn Jack Poppy Wiz Reeva Marley 8"

Coyotes:

Copper Mikey Jazz Ruby Amber 9"

Crossbows:

Bryn Charly Sam Winnie Charlie P 10"

3rd Place Rosettes for Crossbows and Cannons

Crossbows were first in.  We had a few teething problems this week, what with Charly H still tentative taking crossovers after his crash from the Champs, Bryn wanting to say hello to his team mates at the gate and Charlie P not liking the noise so we had to change the team line up.  We managed to win three races out of the four and ended up in a two way tie for third place, luckily having beaten the other team, we came home with a lovely 3rd place rosette.

Cannons were in next, with a slight change in line up from the Waggy Tails tournament.  Merlyn sharing starts with Jack again this week, giving Jack the ring experience.  Jack was raring to go for morning racing although we do believe he forgot his box turn this week!  Merlyn, Poppy and Wiz were all on form, with Mark Peck putting in some nice start times, including a couple of rolling starts.  Reeva once again was flying, putting in some lovely 4.6s times.  Reeva had a few teething problems this week but with a little guidance in the warm ups we managed to correct her.  Cannons won two out of their four races this week, bring home a 3rd place rosette.

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Coyote team line up

Coyotes were in the 4th division of the day, although they only won one out of their four races of the day, all the dogs were running well.  Copper (handler Sharon Tuffnell) was on lights putting in some lovely times of 4.3s (including a (4.1s pb), with Sharon having five rolling starts throughout the day.  It was really lovely to see Ruby (handler Jan Schofield) back in the team after a lovely long holiday!! The team were seeded 5th in their division and came home with a respectable 4th place.

Canines

Canines were in the last division of the day (Division 1) seeded 4th,  we had a slight change in team line up this week, with Layla (handler Nicole Webster) joining us instead of Copper from last week.  The team were out for gaining experience again for the two youngsters – Lexey and Millie sharing starts.  There were certainly a few rolling starts between handlers Mark Peck and Tina Hatcher.  Mark beating Tina hands down with 4 to Tina’s 2.   All the dogs raced really well, Bailey was doing his infamous bum sliding into the box, so more work to be had in training and we learnt that Millie clocks the dogs in the blue lane whilst racing in the red, more than the other way around, so a bit of work in training needed there too.  The team won two out of their five races of the day, bringing them home a 5th place.

Presentations saw Layla (handler Nicole Webster) receiving her Silver award, Copper (handler Sharon Tuffnell) receiving his gold award and Gypsy (handler Ellen Schofield) receiving her Platinum Award.

Awards

Canines:

17.56 Division 1/Seed 4 5th (FT = 18.00)

Coyotes:

20.10 Division 4/Seed 5 4th (FT = 20.32)

Cannons:

21.10 Division 5/Seed 4 3rd (FT = 20.63)

Crossbows:

21.50 Division 6/Seed 3 3rd (FT = 21.01)

All in all another great days racing and team work had by all.  Watch this space for next months edition, where we are back to Maidstone, enjoying Lightning Strikes 2nd indoor hosted tournament.

I had to put this final picture in of everyone helping pack away.  I do believe the duck tape got stuck to the floor, leaving a sticky mess!! maidstone

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