After Kuopio dog shows, we had a little break from races before the last competitions of this season. Girls had been checked through carefully, everyone was in great shape, no bigger problems in body. It is easy to see that they've been treated by osteopathic techniques very regularly, recovery after running is very fast and movement is clean and free. Though girls haven't been running, we visited Finnish Racing Championships in Hyvinkää. Roosa (D. Hero of the Day) participated, and made a very nice run in B-finals by placing 2nd. Thanks fam. Lihavainen for coming!
Roosa mustalla, kuva Marko Pessi
Viimevuotisen perusteella hommat ja paikka oli tuttuja, ja tänäkin vuonna kisaan oli ilmoitettu paljon suomalaiskoiria. Päivä oli hiukan tuulinen, mutta lämmin ja aurinkoinen. Omasta porukasta lauantaille oli ilmoitettu normiwhippetteihin Inna, joka tuttuun tyyliinsä veti alkuerän lämmittelykierroksena, pistesekoilujen vuoksi alkuerän sijoitus jäi hiukan hämärän peittoon. Ella juoksi kahden koira yk-luokassa, ja vaikka sen suoritus jännitti ihan sairaan paljon, Ellis vetäisi oikein tyylikkään juoksun ja reilun piste-eron pariin. Finaalissa nähtiin taas parasta Innaa, sen menoa oli kyllä ilo katsoa! Rata oli melko lyhyt, mutta korkeusvaihtelut ja pari jyrkähköä mutkaa tekivät siitä aika haastavan juosta. Ella yllätti ketteryydellään, sillä vauhdilla voisi kuvitella että kääntyminen olisi hankalaa, mutta sen juoksutekniikka on parantunut aivan valtavasti. Palkintojenjakoa odotellessa Ellan sijoitus oli varma, mutta Innan sijoituksesta ei ollut mitään aavistusta, koska ulkomaisten tuomareiden linjat saattavat poiketa paljonkin. Serti oli tavoitteena eli kakkossija olisi riittänyt, mutta voittohan sieltä tuli! Niin upeaa!! Illaksi ajeltiin Pärnun eteläpuolelle majapaikkaan, upean päivän päätteeksi grillailtiin porukalla ja juhlistettiin muitakin hienoja suomalaistuloksia.
At the end of August, we headed to Latvia for Twin Cup LC competition. The trip went pretty well, despite of late arrival of our ferry, a couple of exciting moments with local traffic and a navigator-guided tour at the countryside in the middle of the night. We arrived just in time, one hour before vet check - so one hour sleep in a car before long day at the field.
Competition went pretty well. Inna warmed up on the 1st round, quite modest points in standard whippet class. Second one was more like her, fast and pedantic with tight curves. Ella did very nice runs and placed 1st after 1st round. While waiting the prize ceremony, Ella's placement was quite clear but I could only guess Inna's result. Well, it was a huge surprise: both won their classes with CACs!! So great!!
1. Inna v. Dia-Robinne, CAC, LV LC CH
1. Dinacon Nothing Else Matters, CAC
Väsyneet ja nälkäiset kisaajat
Next day, there was INT LC competition in Pärnu, Estonia, where I had entered Dina, Lara, Inna and Ella. The first thing I noticed was very high grass, which wasn't so good for Ella. Luckily her pair didn't show up, so she didn't have to run. I had high hopes for Inna, and she started with one of her very best runs, but she lost the lure in the jungle just a few ten meters before the end -zero points for her. I was so pissed off, but what can I do... Unfortunatelly, no CACIL for her. Dina also lost but found it again, 172 pts, but I took her off from the finals. Lara ran alone, and she made a fantastic run with 260 pts and 1st place! In the finals, her run wasn't that good anymore and she ended up on 2nd place, though with her 2nd res-CACIL! Trip back home was very heavy, we arrived by late ferry, and I had to take nap before I drove home.
After only one week recovery, we headed to Laihia for INT LC competition. There were only a couple of INT competitions in Finland this year, and this was the only suitable for my scedules. The field was big and flat, luckily not very wet anymore, thoug it had been raining at night. Inna warmed up very nicely with 262 pts, placement 1st. Ella did very good too, 241 pts and 3rd place. Both had great final runs, I was quite sure of Inna's win, and maybe Ella had improved too. Still, the feeling was breathtaking when I actually heard the name of the dog who placed 2nd in standars whippet female class. Oh my Dear God, Inna really won, got CACIL - and became INT LC CH!! Couldn't really figure out how that would feel, I have such an extraordinary dog!! Ella placed 2nd in oversize class wit CAC, that was an imposing performance too! Bred and trained by my own hands, what a feeling. This surely needs a big party! Results here.
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