Bay Team Regional 2016 Recap

Lots of winning happened at the Bay Team Regional this past weekend, in Prunedale, CA. Some of it was in the ring, some of it was outside the ring, and all of it added up to a great last Regional Event for the 2016 USDAA Tournament season.

Frodo Bay Team Regional 2016

Frodo Bay Team Regional 2016

First up – no sunburn! The weather was overcast and breezy for the first two days, and then cleared up for the final events on Monday. While I’d hoped to sit around in a skort and work on my tan, realistically, I’d just have ended up burnt to a crisp.

And, check out the podium decorations for this year! Just perfect. The chute was not missed this past weekend, and having those barrels on the podiums made for some great photos.

Since I was only running Frodo, and didn’t enter Team, I had plenty of time to volunteer, and I CRUSHED it with my step count all weekend, running leashes and setting poles. Not only that, I got free lunch and then won a “worker of the day” award Sunday, AND, to top it off, got to exchange all my worker coupons for a certificate good for an entry to a FUTURE Bay Team Trial!

Worker loot from Bay Team Regional

Worker loot from Bay Team Regional

Even Chispa benefited from my volunteering, there’s a nice toy in that worker sack above.

I’ll leave more on Chispa to the puppy blog, for now, read on about Frodo and me….

So, my goals for the weekend were to hopefully score a Regional Steeplechase Bye, AND, to spend this one last show prior to heading to Spain to the World Championships practicing leaning IN to each and every run. Staying ahead, setting a nice pace, cuing and moving on, and so on and so forth. And, for the most part, that goal was accomplished. Steeplechase Bye, check. AND not just a Bye, but holy cow, FIRST place and some money! Woo! Master Challenge courses, mastered. Biathlon, mastered some tough but fun courses, and despite the fact that Frodo will NEVER look fast to me (admit it, he looks like he’s loping), won THAT too. Woo! I’m in the dog treats! Leaning forward in to every run, mentally and strategically. Frodo loved it, he was super happy, and man, that sandy soil and grass was so nice and springy to RUN on…

And then, sadly, by the time GP Regional Finals rolled around, last class of the day Monday, last DOG of the class, suddenly, I felt like a balloon that somebody had let the air out of. I wish I had that run on video (I’ll post it separately when I get it), mostly because it’s a pretty clear contrast to the runs from the rest of the weekend. We were clean, but there was no leaning in, no sense of FORWARD happening. A little bit of “meh”. Hot? Tired? Lazy? Worn out? Distracted? I don’t know what exactly the reason was, and maybe if I’d consciously reminded myself to lean forward and GO, we might have done a bit better. We did get 4th overall in the GP Regional Final, but results aside, I’d have like to have capped off the weekend with one final run of GO. Because despite Frodo never looking fast, and me looking calm, I really did feel as though for the most part, I was clear, and CONCISE, and helped him be really efficient and confident about where he was headed on course.

So, overall, the perfect weekend moving toward AWC. Runs I could be proud of, a couple of runs where I could have done better (a little irritation can be motivating), lots of clear rounds, not a single fault, and a little money for an In-N-Out Burger on the way home.

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