At the trial last weekend, I tried to handle this course from the 15-point bonus line:
On the course map it looked very intimidating. When I walked it, it looked possible. We pretty much made a total mess out of the attempt.
Analysis of Course Challenges: For Belle and me there are three major challenges on this course. First is the right turn from #4 to #5. Momentum is carrying the dog left over #4, plus the #5 jump is not an obvious choice to the dog while she is jumping. Second is the left turn over #11. Unless you have a dog that really is willing to drive away from you through the weave polls, just getting to #11 can be a challenge. Without a good response to a verbal command to turn left, achieving the left turn is problematic. Lastly, getting from the #16 tunnel to the #17 jump was a problem. Belle headed for the off-course #11 jump upon exiting the tunnel. (However, I may need to tweak the tunnel exit a little to conform with how it appears on the course map.
Challenge One: After I watched the video of Saturday's run, I thought perhaps if I had lead out further to the left (closer to the weave poles), I would have been able to do a more dramatic rear cross and Belle would have realized I wanted her to turn right after jumping #4. For Belle and me, that turned out to be a less than perfect solution. Mostly, I was too late with my rear cross. Additionally, when I watched the first batch of video from this morning, I realized my lead out to the left was probably giving Belle the impression that she would be going in that direction.
This afternoon, I changed my plan and lead out to closer to the dogwalk so that I would be able to move forward and to the left to support the drive to #4, but still have room to perform a rear cross. As I discovered after watching everything over and over in slow motion, being timely with the rear cross cue was much more important than the position I chose to lead out to. However, I think I would favor leading out closer to the dogwalk to hedge my bets. No point in having Belle watch me walk out in a direction that I don't want her to go in.
Please don't be shy. If you see something else in the videos that I can do to improve our chances of handling at a distance, please let me know.