OK, we'll probably get our CPE championship (C-ATCH) before we get our USDAA MAD—which is a long way from the USDAA championship (ADCH).
One thing is that, on the way to a C-ATCH, one can have simple, single faults in many classes and earn a qualifying score. So—knocked bar?—that's OK; if the rest of the run is flawless, you're OK. In USDAA, all runs must be flawless no matter what level you're competing at.
So Tika has earned her way all the way up from Level 1 through Level 5 and has met all of her C-ATCH requirements in 5 of the 7 classes in CPE. She needs 4 Colors legs (not coincidentally, that being one class that does NOT allow a knocked bar) and 4 Jumpers legs.
We're off to a 3-day CPE weekend in which there will be 3 Jumpers and 2 Colors runs. In two more weeks, my Bay Team's CPE trial is in Sunnyvale, and that's offering 2 Jumpers and 2 Colors. And then, 2 weeks later, there's another CPE trial with one Jumpers and 2 Colors. So, over the next slightly more than a month, we have 6 chances each for the 4 legs each that we need.
It could happen...
But after that, it's pretty much all USDAA until November. (There are CPE trials, but sometimes the same weekend as USDAA trials and sometimes inbetween USDAA trials and I really am trying not to do more than a couple of weekends in a row.)
Wish us luck.
But I REALLY want to get that USDAA MAD. All my friends' dogs are already champions! I hate peer pressure...