The Invitational is one of my favorite of the big agility events because you get to see pretty much ALL the breeds compete. It's a long haul to get invited and this is the second year in a row that Masher and Ella were in the top 5 in their breed and were invited.
This year it was in Florida and what a journey it was getting qualified and getting there. I had a BLAST!!!
Daneen and Ella have come a long way and are becoming a better team.
It was interesting as we took a "contender" and an "underdog" to compete. You have to pretty much have 4 clean rounds and no E's to make it in the finals. Masher and Daneen had an oopsie in round two. Daneen left Masher in the weaves and went to her front cross position. Masher didn't read it and took an off course jump. Daneen stopped and looked around for her little dog. Masher then ran up in front of her and started to jump up. She reached down patted him with both hands like " Oh, There you are… Come on Mushy,,, Let's go" and she got and E. 🙁 The rest of Masher's runs were FAST and clean. Next year Mushy!!!
To run in the finals you have to wear black pants. By day 2 Masher was already out of the running but Ella had 2 clean rounds. By the end of day 2 Ella now had 4 clean rounds!!! I asked Daneen if she had brought her black pants for the finals. It was the sweetest thing. She did pack her black pants just in case she needed them for Ella even tho she knew Masher was already out of the finals!!! It brought a tear to my eye! That really meant alot to me.
Watching Daneen and Ella walk up to the start line of the finals for the Invitational is one of my best memories. What a flippin thrill!!!!! Win, lose or draw Ella laid it down and was there in the finals!!!
They had a little oopsie but I was so proud of both of them!!!! Ella did her teeters, stayed in the weaves and made her contacts… I know I know Daneen did babysit the contacts 🙂 But she DID them!!!!
Ella won second place in the the Non Sporting group, Number one Dalmatian and went into the finals sitting in 6th place. Not too shabby!!!
Teeter, teeter , teeter…. Good girl Ella!!!
Back at the hotel room for a well deserved rest!
The Dalmatians were very well represented this year!!!
Nelly, Chessnie, Pheonix and Ella
Top Dalmatians for 2011
1 MACH6 Brightspot Lindty Linus UDX2 XF Mrs. Elaine Hamill
2 MACH2 Anticipation's Up In Smoke CDX RA OF MarcOgle
3 MACH2 Merry Go Round Whoa Nelly Vicki King
4 Anticipation Livin N Fastforward MX MXJ OF Rebecca Singleton Ogle
5 MACH Easy To Spot Oh My Heavens Julie Sandoval