54×70 Games 2020 February Results

The second month of the NDAL 54×70 Games league, Winter series, featured a game called Beat the Clock, designed by Heather Cotterman.

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Briefing

The rules for Beat the Clock have been simplified for league play. Think of this as a numbered course. The course is divided into four quadrants, or quarters of the clock. The dog is required to begin with the tire (in either direction) and must do the tire prior to each quadrant of the clock.

To summarize:

  1. Begin with the tire
  2. Run the first quarter of the clock (#1 to #3)
  3. Do the tire again.
  4. Run the second quarter of the clock (#4 to #6)
  5. Do the tire again.
  6. Run the third quarter of the clock (#7 to #9)
  7. Do the tire again.
  8. Run the final quarter of the clock (#10 to #12)
  9. Cross the finish line.

Beat the Clock is scored Time, Plus Faults. There will be no established course time for this variation.

Results

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Follow this link to view individual performance by dogs and their handlers. Most of these are graced with a YouTube link:

Standings020120A54X70.pdf

 

Top Dog

The Top Dog in the February 2020 54×70 games league represented Agility Dream Dogs out of Albion, New York. Gracie, a Border Collie handled by Gary McCarthy finished the game with zero faults in 25.54 seconds:

 

First Place Team

Agility Dream Dogs posted the top four scores for the month, taking an impressive lead in the Winter series, moving up from second-place. As the Top Dog has already been mentioned, the second-best score for Agility Dream dogs was posted by Bebe, an Australian Cattle Dog handled by Michael Hughson. Bebe and Michael finished the game with zero faults in 26.99 seconds:

 

Second Place Team

Country Dream Agility in Waterford, Ohio finished in second place in February, but remaining in third place in the Winter series. The top scoring dog for Country Dream was Katniss, a Mix handled by Bud Houston. Katniss and Bud finished the game with zero faults in 34.7 seconds:

 

Third Place Team

K9 Manners & More out of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma finished February with the third-best team score; moving down from first to second in the Winter series. The top scoring dog for K9 Manners & More was Pip, a Standard Poodle handled by Philip VandeVerg. Pip and Philip finished the game with 5 faults in 33.86 seconds:

 

Worth Watching

The top scoring dog for All Breed Training Club out of Tallmadge, Ohio was Folly, a Toller handled by Cindy Fink. Folly and Cindy finished the game with zero faults in 38.03 seconds:

 

The top scoring dog for Sport Dogs Jalisco out of Guadalajara, Mexico was Harry, a Parson Russel Terrier handled by Omar Alarcón. Harry and Omar finished the game with 5 faults in 43.5 seconds. Since no video was available for Harry’s run, we will share Broko a Blue Heeler and Omar, who had the second-best score for Sport Dogs Jalisco. Broko and Omar finished the game with 5 faults in 47.26 seconds:

 

Matrix Dog out of Westminster, Colorado was able to post only two scores for February, putting them at a disadvantage as team scores are made up of the sum of the top five scores for the franchise.

The top scoring dog for Matrix Dog was Dottie, a Danish Swedish Farmdog handled by Jennifer Giacchi. Dottie and Jennifer finished the game with zero faults in 34.25 seconds:

 

March Courses

New teams are always welcome to join us for NDAL league play. You are welcome to join any of our four ongoing leagues. The March 2020 National Dog Agility League games and courses have been published here:

https://wp.me/p2Pu8l-cT

 

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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 Joker’s Notebook, a series of workbooks dedicated to teaching agility dogs and their handlers to work at a distance apart.

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