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Sabine & Dax go to Nationals!

Postby Sabine » Tue Oct 08, 2013 2:30 pm

Some of you already know that I'm taking Dax to the JRTCA Nationals this week. While I often used to visit the big international dog shows while I still lived in Germany, I haven't been to such a huge event with a dog of my own entered. I'm super excited and nervous. Luckily Sherri will be there (with handsome Mac!) to hold my newbie hand. :grin:

We'll fly into IAD Thursday evening, pick up a rental car, and then drive to Hagerstown, MD. The event is at the Washington Co. Agricultural Center in Boonsboro. On Friday we are entered for racing, sub-novice obedience, rally I, and thunder tunnel. On Saturday we'll do conformation (suitability to red fox, suitability to raccoon/badger), go to ground and super earth (both in the championship class), thunder tunnel, and brush hunt. On Sunday it's conformation (open class), trailing & locating, brush hunt, and lure coursing.

With exception of the thunder tunnel none of the activities are new to us, but everything is on a much bigger scale than at any of the JRTCA trials we've been to so far. I hope it won't be too difficult to be in the right place at the right time all 3 days!

On Monday there will be a short break, and on Tuesday we'll do an entirely new thing: Dax gets to go hunting! I'm very, very grateful that Sherri offered me this opportunity, and I can't wait to see my dog do what he was bred to do in an entirely natural setting (vs. artificial tunnels, brush hunt setups etc.).

Less than 48 hours to go before we are outta here! :grin: :grin:
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Re: Sabine & Dax go to Nationals!

Postby Jen » Tue Oct 08, 2013 2:35 pm

Wow, sounds like an exciting few days! Have fun!!

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Postby SherriA » Tue Oct 08, 2013 2:51 pm

Wow, that sounds like an amazing week for all of you!! Good luck and HAVE FUN!
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Re: Sabine & Dax go to Nationals!

Postby JudyL » Tue Oct 08, 2013 3:44 pm

Well darn it! You are coming east and I still won't get to meet either of you. If my husband didn't have to work, I'd come out to meet you both and cheer you on, but it's 3 hrs each way and I can't leave the dogs that long any more.

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Re: Sabine & Dax go to Nationals!

Postby JudyL » Tue Oct 08, 2013 3:45 pm

Oh, I didn't mean to not wish you both good luck. lol Good luck and have a great time!

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Postby Aubergine » Tue Oct 08, 2013 3:50 pm

Wow - that is awesome! I hope you both have an amazing time :D

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Postby UpwardDog » Tue Oct 08, 2013 3:50 pm

Woohoo! Make sure someone gets pics of all of you! Good luck!

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Postby maxs_mommy » Tue Oct 08, 2013 5:35 pm

Yay!!! Sounds like tons of fun!
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Re: Sabine & Dax go to Nationals!

Postby QBert » Tue Oct 08, 2013 5:48 pm

it's going to be AMAZING. I'm so happy for you that you get to go!

I do want you or Sherri to take a moment to teach me the essentials of the finer points in conformation - what makes an individual dog particularly well suited for coon/badger vs for fox?

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Postby Paige » Tue Oct 08, 2013 8:14 pm

wow! I can't wait to hear about it.
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Re: Sabine & Dax go to Nationals!

Postby Sabine » Tue Oct 08, 2013 9:06 pm

Thank you, guys!

Judy, I was thinking of you when I booked my flight and contemplating sending you a message about it, but figured ~3 hours (I guessed correctly! :) ) one way for just a few hours seemed unreasonable.

I'll try to get as many photos/videos as I can!
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Re: Sabine & Dax go to Nationals!

Postby Moemer » Wed Oct 09, 2013 5:53 am

wow, that's terrific! Have an amazing time!!
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Re: Sabine & Dax go to Nationals!

Postby Amanda » Wed Oct 09, 2013 10:21 am

Woo hoo! How exciting!! Good luck!

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Re: Sabine & Dax go to Nationals!

Postby Bari » Wed Oct 09, 2013 1:37 pm

Tally Ho and have a great time. Your suitcase will be filled with ribbons :smile:
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Postby Calypso » Wed Oct 09, 2013 1:51 pm

Best of luck! You guys will have a blast!


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