x11- like Mikko said, blind crosses are definitely becoming more common. Actually- my understanding is that they WERE common, but went out of style (my extrapolation here: perhaps they went out of style as Susan Garrett [who is adamantly against them] started winning more and more). They are now coming back in style- and wouldn't you know it- the people who are winning big agility competitions are using them. I don't think I'd want to train with someone who wouldn't let me experiment with different handling styles. Go look at all the threads I've started in the agility section about handling systems. The best (recent) advice I've gotten lately is to NOT be a slave to a system. Pick and choose what works for YOU.
RobK- Actually, I was referring to AKC obedience- specifically the CD and CDX title. I actually think that the AKC's Utility Dog title is pretty cool- articles, directed jumping, etc. That's neat. SchH obedience is pretty neat too with the aframe and panel jumps. And I think SchH obedience has the send away with the down at the end? That's REALLY neat in very fast Malinois that slide to a stop.
I suppose in a way that was kind of meant as an inside joke in case ponyfarm read it. She knows that I find obedience pretty boring. I'm glad that you guys got a laugh out of it anyway!
C-ATCH Pimg - DOB: 2/06, RATO, UJJ (x2), DJA, HIT, CA, CGC, High in Games, Reserve High in Standard- CPE Nationals 2014
RATCHX High Jinks vom Neuanfang - DOB 9/12 (Gotchya Day: 1/23/2013) CA, agility superstar in training