Belle and I do one or two CPE trials a year, although we may be doing more of them in the future. Last weekend, I traveled to the Fundog CPE trial in Round Lake, Illinois. I had hoped to have video of all our runs, but alas, we only have video of one standard run and a very, very short snooker run.
The standard run was uneventful, but the snooker run was a learning experience. Although my Q rate in snooker is pathetically low, I really enjoy the game since it is a test of the handler's ability to think--both in the planning stage and during the actual execution of the run. I try to go for 7's and 6's. I try to keep some degree of fluidity in the run. I don't succeed often, but it sure is fun to try.
This was my opening plan. The tunnel was not bi-directional.
As you will see in the video, Belle back-jumped the second red. I wanted her to change to her left lead going over the jump and wrap left. However, she is clearly turning right upon landing. If I had reacted faster or planned our run differently, we could have gone around the backside of the tunnel to the #7, which is what many teams did. But I planned for her to turn left and was too attached to that idea to go right. I think the run still could have been saved at this point, but I came to a stop on the take-off side of the jump. When Belle realizes I want her to turn left, she does so. Unfortunately, since I have not moved any further to my left, she nicely comes over the jump again. Good dog; handler not so much.
Here's the video of our standard run.