Wednesday, November 17, 2010

ACE Agility NADAC Trial

My first NADAC trial was this past Sunday, November 14th. in South Hadley, Ma. I signed up for this trial because it was close to home, the runs were reasonable, it was indoors ( a major consideration in November in New England), and a friend had urged me to go. "I'll be fun", "You'll have a great time" she says. So I signed up, brought my experienced girl for 5 runs, and my little girl for her first trial, I limited to just 2 runs in classes that I thought that she would have fun in: Weavers and Tunnelers.

The "You'll have fun" statement my friend had said was way off! I had a blast! It was a very nice little trial, the people were great, and I saw a good many of my friends from other agility venues there. This trial was more about socializing and having a good time than worrying about Q-ing.

I set up a little distance from the ring, my camera and I, and set to shoot the runs. Well, indoors in November is great, until the reality of shooting in dim lighting in a horse arena hits. I bumped the ISO on my camera up to a whopping 10,000 to get decent shots, but at that high an ISO, the quality of the photos goes down hill pretty fast. By mid day, the sun had cleared the trees and the lighting and temperature had gone up.

While I was running the Novice classes with my girls, my friend Jennifer Marks hijacked my camera and set about shooting the Novice class for me, then she wandered off to shoot some pretty darn nice candids of owners and their dogs. Except for a few photos that I shot, all the candids that will be posted are Jen's work. Very nice work too! At the end of the day, I was wondering, how am I going to get my camera back? I need not have worried, she came running over, the memory card was full.

All in all, it was a wonderful day, and I had a great time watching and shooting the runs.
ACE Agility NADAC Agility Trial November 14th, Jumpers proofs are up, the others will be coming soon. I managed to come down with a miserable cold between Sunday and Monday. I apologize that I am a little behind in getting the photos up.

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