April 10, 2024

April 10th, 2024 Wednesday Wrap Up (Happy Holi, Longines Global Champions Tour, Trial Review Tuesday)

Happy Holi
On Saturday, my family and friends celebrated Holi, the Festival of Colors, at Pearland Town Center in Pearland, Texas. It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience that beautifully captured the essence of this Hindu festival that symbolizes the triumph of good over evil, the arrival of spring, and the celebration of fertility, love, and color. The tradition of splashing colored powders on each other brought out a childlike streak of naughtiness in everyone, especially our 14-year-old daughter. Sarah and I did not escape unscathed. There was food, music, and dance performances on stage, making it a perfect blend of cultural richness and fun.

Sarah and I came out of Holi almost as spotless as we went in.

Women’s Basketball > Men’s Basketball
“For the first time, the NCAA women’s basketball championship outdrew the men.” This historic moment in sports viewership saw the women’s final (where South Carolina triumphed over Iowa) draw 18.87 million viewers on ABC and ESPN, eclipsing the men’s final audience of 14.82 million on TBS and TNT. Notably, the men’s final (where UConn beat Purdue) did see a 4% increase from last year and significant viewership for its semifinal games, but it couldn’t match the women’s final’s peak viewership. Beyond the numbers, my family and I were among the millions of viewers glued to our screens, absorbed by the intensity, skillful play, and remarkable performance of Caitlin Clark, who even in defeat (she scored 30 points against the #1 defense in America) was the focal point of the entire game.

Sarah’s Corner: Longines Global Champions Tour Podcast
Sarah here! This past weekend, Jennifer Crank and Bee took part in the Longines Agility Grand Prix 2024, an exhibition event created as a partnership between British Agility and the Longines Global Champions Tour. In this week’s podcast, we chat with Jennifer about her experience competing with Bee, and also discuss the event with special guest Anthony Clarke, the founder of British Agility. The competition was unique because Anthony designed and set up the dog agility course right there in the horse jumping area! Click here to listen: https://baddogagility.com/episode-341-british-agility-and-the-longines-global-champions-tour/

Who let the dogs out indeed…

Trial Review Tuesday Replay
Last night we had a great LIVE webinar where we delved into three trial runs submitted by our audience. Our discussion focused on the nuances between analyzing execution versus strategy. We also covered topics like landing side rears, blind crosses of teeters, and wrapped up with a flawless example of a blind cross at the end of the A-frame. It’s crucial to remember that analyzing successes is as important as looking at failures.

If you weren’t able to catch it live, there’s no need to worry. You can watch the replay here:

If you tuned in live, we have a special bonus for you. A VIP member in our private group mentioned she completed the same course using the exact strategy Jennifer discussed in her analysis of Katie and Ollie. With her permission, we’re continuing the conversation from last night with this added analysis from Jennifer Crank:

Webinar Series: Blueprint for Agility Mastery
Join us this Tuesday, April 16th, at 7 pm CST for the launch of our live webinar series titled “Blueprint for Agility Mastery” which Sarah affectionately refers to as BAM! Dog agility involves more than just a dog learning how to perform an obstacle–it’s also about the handler mastering complex physical and mental skills. We designed this webinar series to help you determine exactly where you are on your agility journey, where you want to go, and how to get there in an enjoyable, satisfying way.

Be sure to check your email Tuesday morning for the link to join us LIVE for the first webinar!

Summer Vacation
The Wednesday Wrap Up will be on hiatus until autumn. As we gear up for the annual launch of our Bad Dog Agility VIP membership program, this break will let me dedicate my full attention to welcoming and supporting our new members.

As always, email me at team@baddogagility.com with your comments and questions, and I’ll see you after summer!

Happy Training,

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