The December 2017 International league game was a Numbered Course; which is a simple matter of “follow the numbers”. Of course, in an International course follow the numbers mightn’t be such a simple thing at all.
The central riddle of this course was the Back-Side Jump, which requires the handler to present the opposite side of a jump, rather than the logical side on the initial approach. The course included a couple opportunities to tighten the dog’s turn after the performance of jumps (notably, #9 and #10). An efficient turn might shave valuable time from the dog’s overall score.
December Performance Report
Most individual performances include a YouTube recording. You can view detail results here:
December was the final month of the Fall series, Wicked West Australians in Banjup, Western Australia started the month with a narrow lead; but did not play in December. On their side of the earth it is Summer, and the extreme heat has kept them indoors, and away from this competition.
The Clermont County All Breed All Stars, in Milford, Ohio have won the December 50×50 International with a comfortable lead! Agility Dream Dogs in Albion, New York has placed second; with Sit, Stay, ‘N Play, in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania finishing third.
The Top Dog in the December 50×50 International represented Sit, Stay, ‘N Play, in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. Bourbon, a Border Collie handled by Lisa Kirschner finished this course in lovely style, with zero faults in 26.13 seconds, earning 63 Lifetime Performance Points:
Indeed, Sit, Stay, ‘N Play dominated pay in December, earning the top four placement. If not for penalties for a misnumbered course in October, Sit Say ‘N Play might have won the December series.
The second place dog overall also represented Sit, Stay, ‘N Play: Riki, a Border Collie handled by Laurie Bowen finished this course with zero faults in 26.71 seconds, earning 62 LPP:
The top scoring dog for Clermont County All Breed All Stars finished in 5th place overall in December: Hooker, a Golden Retriever finished this course with zero faults in 28.63 seconds, earning 59 LPP:
Jumping into the League
New clubs are always welcome to join us for play in the NDAL 50×50 International League. Beginning in January this league will be renamed the 50×50 Premier League. As the league name implies, this competition is run in a 50×50 competition space and is dedicated to very advanced and very technical handling challenged. The 50×50 Premier is not for the weak of heart. At the very minimum, come equipped with a good sense of humor.
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