The final month of the NDAL 54×70 Games league, Spring series, featured a game called Time Gamble, designed by Bud Houston.
This is a simple sequencing game, run like any Numbered Course, with this small difference: The handler will guess the dog’s time and faults before beginning the run.
So the dog’s score will be the difference between the “guess” and the combined time and faults earned by the dog. Lowest score wins!
In a game like this it’s a good idea for the handler to declare the guess in the moment before starting the dog for the YouTube video.
It’s important to understand that the scoring basis for Time Gamble is the difference between the handler’s guess and the sum of Time and Faults. This raises the distinct possibility that dogs that rarely show up as top placements in pure for speed kinds of games have a chance to finish high in this game, given a good guess by the handler.
Follow this link to view individual performance by dogs and their handlers. Most of these are graced with a YouTube link:
First Place Team
K9 Manners & More Broken Arrow, Oklahoma won the June competition handily and holds on to win the Spring Series.
The top scoring dog for K9 Manners was also the Top Dog in the June game. CoreyBelle, a Border Collie handled by Mary Green (who guessed 60) finished the game with 5 faults in 55.03 seconds, for a final score of 0.03
Another K9 Manners dog placed fourth overall in June. AnnaBelle, an All American handled by Therese Dawdy (who guessed 95), finished the game with 30 faults in 65.58 seconds, for a final score of 0.58:
Also representing K9 Manners, the fifth-place dog overall in June was Wally, a Border Collie handled by Frances Scriminger (who guessed 65). Wally finished the game with 5 faults in 60.58 seconds, for a final score of 0.58:
Second Place Team
Country Dream Agility in Waterford, Ohio placed last in June but with a plummeting score, managed to hold on to second place in the Spring Series by a single point.
The top scoring dog for Country Dream, in thirteenth-place overall in June, was Phoenix, a Border Collie handled by Bud Houston (who guessed 35). Phoenix finished the course with zero faults in 37.10 seconds, for a final score of 2.10
It’s worth noting that Bud was the Games Master for June, picking and designing the game. We can be assured that he will not be picking this game again for a long while.
Third Place Team
All Breed Training Club of Akron, out of Tallmadge, Ohio finishes the series in third place overall, and only a single point out of second place. Though to be sure, ABTC’s score in June was quite a drop from previous months. The top scoring dog for All Breed Training Club was Oliver, a Havanese handled by Ruth Drew (who guessed 60). Oliver finished the game with zero faults in 56.75 seconds, for a final score of 3.25.
Fourth Place Team
Agility Dream Dogs out of Albion, New York had a great outing in June, with the second-best score. But it was not enough to make up for a slow start in the series.
The top scoring dog for Dream Dogs placed second among all dogs in June. Riva, a Golden Retriever handled by John Babcock (who guessed 39), finished the game with zero faults in 38.93 seconds, for a final score of 0.07.
Also representing Agility Dream dogs, placing third among all dogs in June was Chase, a Sheltie handled by Lydia Hofmann (who guessed 34). Chase finished the game with zero faults in 34.37 seconds, for a final score of 0.37.
Sixth Place Team
Matrix Dog, LLC out of Westminster, Colorado has posted solid scores for May and June, but didn’t make up for a slow start. The top scoring dog for Matrix in June was Dottie, a Danish Swedish Farmdog handled by Jennifer Giacchi (who guessed 33). Dottie finished the game with zero faults and a score of 1.52.
Seventh and Last Place
A new NDAL franchise, Sport Dogs Jalisco, out of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico reported scores only two months in the series. The top scoring dog for Sports Dogs Jalisco was Charlize, a Border Collie handled by Ricar52 & 1/2. Charlize finished the game placing sixth among all dogs, with 5 faults in 48.09 seconds, for a final score of 0.59
You can find the 54×70 Games league April 2019 results, the first month of the Spring series, here:
You can find the May 2019 results here:
New clubs are always welcome to establish NDAL franchises. For more information contact the NDAL League Secretary, Bud Houston email@example.com
We currently run four ongoing leagues based on footprint (size of the field) and the complexity and nature of the challenge.
Questions comments & impassioned speeches to Bud Houston Houston.Bud@gmail.com. Visit our web store: www.dogagility.org/newstore. You’ll find in the web store The Book of Agility Games, a comprehensive reference to all manner of agility games played for competition and fun around the world.