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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-08-2010, 12:55 PM Thread Starter
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Obedience Competitors Poll

A dual question poll for obedience, rally, and agility competitors please:

a) How far would you drive to attend a trial?

b) Would you enter a trial during the summer where the rings are either outdoors or in an un-airconditioned building (like a barn)?

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A) Furthest I've driven for obedience/rally was 1.5 hrs each way. Probably wouldn't be willing to do more than 2 hrs each way for those, though have done a whole lot farther than that for SchH.

B) Yes, I have done and would again do summer trials. At least outdoors. I'd be more hesitant to do it indoors in a non-cooled building than outdoors.

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a) I've driven 3.5 hours one way for a rally trial, 4 hours one way for the BH.

b) Yes, I have and would again. We did our BH and it was 90s and humid. I'm entering Nikon in an agility trial in two weeks. I've done other obedience, agility, and rally trials with my other dog during the summer, indoor and out.
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The farthest I have ever gone for an obedience trial was 12 hours. That was before the economy tanked. I currently won't go more than 2 hours now for obedience or agility.

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I wouldn't go more than 2 hours.

I might trial in OB outside during the summer months. I would not trial in a building w/o AC.

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a) How far would you drive to attend a trial?
@3 hours (unless it's something special)

b) Would you enter a trial during the summer where the rings are either outdoors or in an un-airconditioned building (like a barn)?
Probably not, in this area. Would depend on the facilities and how many trees are around.
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We live in the western half of the U.S. where shows are few and far between. We regularly drive 210 miles to the Utah shows (about 3 hours each way). We also travel to Boise a few times a year. That's about a 4 hour drive each way, but the October shows are a blast and are definitely worth the drive.

Our longest trip was to Carson City with 10 hours each way of dry, desolate northern Nevada scenery . . . . I don't ever want to do that again.

I would be reticent to trial at an indoor facility without good ventilation. We do frequently trial outdoors in both agility and obedience. We're planning to do so in August, September, and October. We're just careful to bring along our own shade and plenty of water.

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I have driven 3 hours to go to 5 day shows. I wouldn't drive that far for a 2 or 3 day. If the show is more than an hour from home I would go the night before and stay in a hotel close to the show so I didn't have to worry about getting up early the next morning or worry about traffic.

I did ONE outdoor show in the late summer a few years ago - NEVER AGAIN! It was 98 degree's with high humidity and the sun shining directly down on us. It was incredibly miserable for me, the dogs and I am certain for the poor judges. I was drenched in sweat and my (black) dog was panting to the point I was a little worried about him overheating. It was the only show I have ever had where one of my dogs failed..... he just gave up and laid down on the long sit, I felt so bad for him that I asked the judge to be excused so that he didn't have to lay there for 5 more minutes in the long down. I didn't stay for the second day, I packed up and went home.

** wanted to add: one of my favorite show locations is in a huge horse arena which is held in the early summertime... it has overhead fans going and stays surprisingly cool. Favorite part though is that some of the (otherwise) most competitive dogs, the BC's and Goldens, sometimes have a hard time with all the horse sounds and smells which helps me out.... LOL


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the furthest I've gone is 3 hours, most of the trials I entered when I started agility were either outdoors OR inside un ac'd barns..

And yep we did em, hotter than hades, they don't cancel anything because of weather unless it's a hurricane or tornado..

Would I do it now? heck no, I"m older and there are to many nice inside AC places that hold trials in the summer..

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I have driven three hours. As far as outside or inside a building with no A/C, I have to say it would depend on the facility. I have been in horse facilities that stay very cool, even in the summer.
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