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Month: October 2016

IFCS World Team Tryouts

IFCS World Team Tryouts

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A few weeks ago Roxy and I headed to Barto, PA to try out for the IFCS World Team.  This was our first time trying out for any world team.  I knew going into the event that our training still was a work in progress but I felt this would be a good experience for both of us.  It is an interesting feeling going into a big event with a young dog.  I was nervous, but not for what I would consider the “normal” reasons.  I wanted to make sure Roxy had a positive experience and I also wasn’t sure how she would handle the pressure and atmosphere of this type of event.  I knew the courses would be fun and challenging and I felt we were up for it.  I knew it was up to me to set the tone of the event for Roxy, I hoped I would not let her down.  A plus to competing in Barto was the chance to see all my east coast buddies.  🙂  It was like coming home again.  The event itself was incredibly well run.  The camaraderie and sportsmanship made the entire weekend electric.  Everyone was cheering for everyone.  I cannot wait for next year’s event!!

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I was so very proud of Roxy all weekend.  She handled all the courses like a champ and she gave me 100%.  Our runs had some bobbles here and there and I made some mistakes in my handling choices but we also had some amazing moments of brilliance.  Watching the videos I can see glimmers of what I hope will only continue to become more brilliant.  Whatever happens, I am having an amazing time with my poodly-girl!  By the end of the weekend Roxy had zero off courses, the bobbles we incurred were lack of milage.  After all the scores were added up Roxy and I earned the alternate spot on the USA Team!  I could not have been prouder for our first time on the big stage.

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I complied a short video of some of our highlights.  Enjoy!!