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General Discussion / Re: Tunnel Specifications
« Last post by RebeccaU on December 05, 2017, 09:01:02 AM »
thanks Sarah
General Discussion / Re: Possible VT solutions
« Last post by dogrsqr on December 05, 2017, 06:00:15 AM »
I only run in NADAC because the course design aligns with what I want to do with my dog.  I only run one venue but we also compete in flyball and dabble in herding.  I like the variety in doing multiple dog sports and I think the dogs enjoy it too.

Flyball doesn't require a lot of brain power for either of us, but it's just plain old fun. 

I like herding because it's awesome to see a dog do what it was bred to do.  I don't like herding trialing so much because it seems so artificial to me.  I'd probably like ranch trialing if I ever tried it.

General Discussion / Re: Possible VT solutions
« Last post by KarissaKS on December 04, 2017, 02:13:15 PM »
As you can see by my signature line, I like titles. I was responding to the idea that we should all focus our time and efforts on one organization to get as many titles as possible (or at least that's how it came across).

I think the argument at hand is how those titles are being obtained. At trials versus not at trials.
General Discussion / Re: Possible VT solutions
« Last post by BeckyAH on December 04, 2017, 12:37:35 PM »
There is nothing wrong playing purely for fun.  There is also nothing wrong with having goals and trying to achieve them and making steps to make that happen.

Frankly, the attitude that if you're not in pursuit of titles you're doing it wrong is patronizing, demeaning, and obnoxious.  But so is the attitude that anyone who considers anything except having fun in deciding what to do is doing it wrong.

Unless you are not paying your bills, neglecting your family, or are hurting your dog there is NO WRONG.

I have NADAC, AKC agility, Rally, obedience, flyball, barn hunt, lure coursing, dock diving and disc available to me with a reasonable drive.  I only have so many dollars to spend on dog sports.  I only have so many hours to spend training and competing.   Both my dog(s) and I absolutely have to have fun doing it for me to do it at all, and how much fun I have is a factor in my willingness to invest time and money in it - but so is having goals (and by goals in this context I mean getting titles and moving on to the next level, or officially recognized points accumulation) and the achievability of them. 

Where my time and money goes is prioritized by first removing everything that isn't fun for both the dogs and I, and then prioritizing the places where I am able to set and pursue goals with reasonable expectation of success.

That means, yes, that anything that does not allow me to achieve titles and 'move up' in difficulty is going to get what time and money I have 'left over' from those things that do.  Which isn't a whole heck of a lot, frankly.

I have 7 'local' trials in a year with NADAC, and I'll probably add a couple that require travel this coming year.   So, not a desert and not a ton.  Enough, though.   I am able to set goals and achieve them there, so they are my first priority for my hours and my dollars.   I don't expect everyone to have those priorities, but I sure as heck expect not to be told I'm doing it wrong because I care about whether or not I can earn titles when deciding where to spend my time and money.

Titles may not mean anything to you (general you), but they mean something to ME.  Both are okay.
General Discussion / Re: Tunnel Specifications
« Last post by Sarah Fix on December 04, 2017, 12:01:22 PM »
Also as they age, the entrance/exit tends to collapse back toward the tunnel no matter how good you bag them.  But for backyard use the 6 pitch are definitely lighter weight.
General Discussion / Re: Tunnel Specifications
« Last post by RebeccaU on December 04, 2017, 11:36:03 AM »
Thanks Pat!
General Discussion / Re: Possible VT solutions
« Last post by KarissaKS on December 04, 2017, 11:24:56 AM »
Believe it or not, but not everyone is in this game to acquire as many titles as possible in as little time. I happen to enjoy the variety of challenges that the different organizations offer.  I have fun at NADAC trials, but in no way would I want it to be my only organization. I don't feel challenged enough by the courses in NADAC -- Except for Chances, which has always been my favorite. My dogs think it's fun, though, and I like the people, so I fit it into my schedule as able. I guarantee I won't be attending all 13 of those trials in TN next year, I'm just not willing to give up my other organizations that align better with my long term goals.

I recently stopped at a UKI trial on my way home from Wisconsin. As I said earlier, there is no UKI where I live. There is zero chance that I will obtain titles in that organization. But I entered because it was FUN. Imagine that.
General Discussion / Re: Possible VT solutions
« Last post by Mark Buehl on December 04, 2017, 11:21:41 AM »
I will admit,  I've never submitted a VT run, or attended a VT trial. Just had the thought that Might bring VT costs more in line with other Q's And support local clubs.  If you submit  a video,  and there is a club within 200 miles who hosts a trial that year, you add $2 to your fee.  So if you're doing VT'S in Austin, add $6 (TAG, WAG, New Hope) So your per run cost would be $11, the local clubs would get support,  win win.

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General Discussion / Re: Next year's regionals
« Last post by InfinityM45 on December 04, 2017, 11:15:26 AM »
Southern Regionals at the Olympic Horse Venue (Circle of Friends) In Conyers, GA would be great.  That is an extremely large venue with lots of buildings, RV hookups, crating space.  There is at least one very large covered arena.  There are multiple other arenas with grandstands.  There are multiple barns with stalls.  The parking and bathrooms are great.  It is an extremely clean venue.  It has become more popular, so if this is going to happen arrangements need to be made promptly.
General Discussion / Re: Possible VT solutions
« Last post by Lin Battaglia on December 04, 2017, 11:13:22 AM »
I agree Gina. Too many choices everywhere. I always say pick one and do it well. Competing in only one venue helps to get titles faster. Find those trails and support them. If you do 4 venues all the time it will take longer to earn titles than if you only supported one venue.
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