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Komárom CACIB

Posted by Emese Fazekas on October 8, 2016 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (61)

Finn got exc.2., res.CAC in a strong open class and Pippa got a very good :( 

I shouldn't repeat myself over and over again but I'm not a great big fan of dogshows. The question raises of course then why do I attend to them (I seldom do), but I think that a show bred studdog has to be shown at least for a couple of times, and as for Pippa- well, it is very funny to show her, because she loves it, and she is totally into posing and showing the world that she is beautiful. 

The open dog class was quite strong I think with five males of good quality, and actually probably this will be my favourite res.CAC of all the ones Finn won over the years. He did really great, behaved like a champ, and I'm especially proud that I managed to teach him a decent free stacking, because he is not a dogshow lover either :D When the judge told me he is in very good condition, I told her that he is an agility dog to recieve the following comment: 'It's nice to see an agility dog that look like a Border Collie.' That was the moment I started to suspect that maybe she won't like Pippa. No offense by the way, this was her opinion, my personal opinion is that border collie is a very versatile, diverse breed and as long as they are healthy and have some basic qualities typical for the breed, I'm OK with any of them. I choose to keep show BCs because I'm completly satisfied with them and I like them as they are, but this doesn't mean I cannot accept that other people prefer other types, and I really hate when people are bashing each other over somthing as trivial as this. Get a life everyone!

As for my little girl, I knew that sooner or later a show judge will throw her out with a red ribbon, I'm actually surprised it didn't happen sooner. She doesn't look like a typical show BC at all, and I'm sorry, but for this I'm glad. The judge said that she is giving her a very good today because her head is to narrow for her taste, I shrugged, really. She looks like a border collie you could imagine running up and down on the hills of Scotland, that's what is important for me, and that she has the speed, stamina and brain of a real one too. 

Anyway it was a pleasent trip to Komárom with Judit and Enikő, and also Pippa's auntie Nessie (Bordermania Dragonfly took CACIB, and her half-sister Bordermania Gaelic Charm 'Sally' was res.CAC).

Györzámoly Agility Cup

Posted by Emese Fazekas on September 3, 2016 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (1)

We gained 3rd place with Pippa in J2 with a not so nice clean run (slight misunderstanding between us), and she did great in the open agility too, although the latter resulted in a Dq. 

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Now, this is how it is done!

Posted by Emese Fazekas on August 14, 2016 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Our first competition in A2 with Pippa resulted in a clean run with 1st place in agility, and clean run and 1st place in J2 too. Hats off to little Pippa, she was awesome!

Our runs:

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Into A2

Posted by Emese Fazekas on August 10, 2016 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Ok, I'm so impressed with Pippa's performance I can't quite find the words to describe my feelings. OMG, she is just amazing! With only 4 competitions in A1 she said goodbye to this category in style, and I wonder how far can we get together? It was an absolute joy to run with her, especially at this last competition, she is so easy to handle, and compensated for handling mistakes so well! Maybe I should not make any if I want to keep up with her!

I also competed with Mr Finn, but he was a bit too excited I guess, not much to brag about that performance :D still love him to the moon and back.

Here are the videos for Pippa's runs:

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The secret of running contacts

Posted by Emese Fazekas on June 26, 2016 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (0)

It might be too early to celebrate, but it seems we finally nailed running contacts with Pippa, at least at our last competition she had 3/3 on both the dogwalk and A-frame, which is better than anything I expected. I started to train her RC when she was about 9 months old if I remember correctly, but I was very inconsistent with the trainings due to lack of equipment. I used the method described perfectly on Silvia Trkman's DVD, and I had to admit I was on the verge of giving up several times. For me the final solution was buying a dogwalk, it seems it put an end to a year of frustration, after only a week of day to day training. Actually I believe Pippa was a very talented dog for this (she has a great movement, light, fast, small), yet there was no way she would ever understand this concept while we were training once a week at best, on an old wooden dogwalk. I don't know if there are people who were able to teach this without an own DW, but I would never recommend to start RC without one...

As for the competition Pippa won the first A1 agility run with a fabulous performance: 

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And was placed 7th in both the second and third A1 run, here is her third run, where I admired her RC a bit too long

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And here is our team from Kecskemét, Hella Lukács with supercrollie Shelley had a clean run & 1st place in A2 (thus graduating to A3) and Márti Somogyvári with Rhea was placed third in A2. We had a great day and so much fun together!

And the dinner of champions :)

Pippa's show career

Posted by Emese Fazekas on June 5, 2016 at 6:10 AM Comments comments (0)

I was asked again by the Hunarian Samoyed Club to interpret at their clubshow which took place at the Budapest International Dogshow (CACIB), so I entered the Border Collies there. The first surprise came in the morning when it turned out that there was a change in judge, so instead of a judge from Norway we got a Hungarian one. Hm. Finn was placed second and the judge explained to me that he preferred the other male with more coat and more substance (mind you, Finn isn't a light dog either), so I didn't have high expectations with Pippa. Surpisingly enough she was placed first and the judge told me that though the other bitch is more show-dog like, he thinks Pippa stands for what a border collie is. So Pippa's (never planned) show career goes on with flying colours :D

The samoyed clubshow was also a great experience for me, the judge was Franjo Kovacev (Nox Poli kennel) and I really enjoyed working with him, he had a great knowledge of the breed and the conformation of dogs alltogether. I have to admit I was a bit dissapointed with the avarage quality of the exhibited dogs, or maybe I have been out of this breed for too long. 

So to sum it up, Budapest Grand Prix CACIB:

Finn exc.2. Res.CAC

Pippa exc.1. CAC, CACIB

Here is a picture of Pippa taken after the show: 

So the adventure returns...

Posted by Emese Fazekas on May 7, 2016 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Finn was DNA tested for IGS and NCL by genomia, and he is genetically free for both diseases. 

I started to compete with Pippa in A1 (well, actually it wasn't her first competition, I entered her for the EO and WC qualifiers, but that doesn't count :P ), we got a fifth place in A1 agility with 5 faults. I love to run with her, she is very easy to handle, light and fast, but I have to admit I'm very disappointed with the dogwalk contact :\ We have been struggling with running contact for over a year now with no visible result on competition, and I'm really getting on the verge of giving up and teaching a nice 2on2off. Truth is we have very little chance to practice it (once a week at most) and even then only on an old, wooden dogwalk, so maybe it's just not possible to put it together this way. 

Here is the video of her first ever A1 run: 

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Agility again <3

Posted by Emese Fazekas on October 25, 2015 at 5:20 PM Comments comments (0)

I started working in September so nowadays I'm griveously short on time, but the autumn break has arrived and I decided to celebrate it by taking part in an agility competition. Unfortunately Finn knocked down the viaduct and was placed only 7th in A3, and was DQd in the other run, but we had a great time anyway.

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The same **** all over again...

Posted by Emese Fazekas on September 27, 2015 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Instead of spending my precious time with relaxing activities I entered my dear border collies to the local national dogshow. Good part is that they both gained CAC title in their classes and behaved brilliantly- I mean, even Finn- who otherwise despises dogshows- was posing like he did that all his life. 


Posted by Emese Fazekas on July 3, 2015 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Today Pippa's health results has arrived: HD: A , Elbows: 0/0 and OCD free!