Last night we got our results from the World Wide Video competition and I am absolutely thrilled that both Speedy and Tessa qualified and earned their respective titles!!!
Speedy got some nice scores on some of the stations.
He got an 8 (out of 10) for his paws on Free Choice, a 9 for his right turn circle transition, a 9 for a spin Free Choice, a 9 on a 270 left, and a 9 on a stand walk-around Free Choice. We only got 2 extra (out of 5) for each because none of them were difficult, but with Speedy it is far better to do something simple and get a solid to get the higher score out of 10 for the behavior than to struggle with more difficult behaviors to get a higher extra score out of 5.
The only score under 6 was a 4 for his switch-back, which was abysmal!!
We got 7's for attention and heelwork, and an 8 for teamwork.
The 140 he earned was his best score and I am very proud of him for it!!
We will go on to work toward Intermediate. Why not? No more leash, so it will be tough, but it's worth going for just for the enjoyment of it!!
So, Speedy gets to add RFE-Alt-N to his alphabet soup!!
Although Tessa took a hit, as I expected, for the lack of back around and lateral - we just got a 2 for the "back around" and 3 for the "lateral", we did manage to qualify, and we had a few really nice scores for some of the behaviors. Tessa is improving a lot!!
We got a 9 for her Figure 8 Jump Free Choice, and a 9 for the figure 8 leg weave. That was a big accomplishment - I had my hands on my hips as she did that one!! We got an 8 for her pivot Free Choice, and a 9 for her thru to front 3X back!! That was another big accomplishment because that sign is harder than it looks!!
All in all I am very proud of her and I am eager to go on to Advanced work! We are busy working on laterals now! She is going to be the back around and lateral queen by the time I'm through!!
Her total score was 129, so we only qualified with 4 points to spare, but I knew it would be close with the two exercises completely messed up!!
And now Tessa is eligible for Advanced!! My little Tessa!! She has come so, so, so far!! When I think about where we started and where we are on the verge of going - WOW!!!
It's a little intimidating, but I am eager to try to go there. I couldn't ask for a better partner! And I am super excited!
Congrats to Tessa, RFE-X!!