SUMMARY: Tika's new title plus mining my database for tournament minutiae.Oh, yeah: Because Tika Qed in Steeplechase, that completed her Performance Tournament Master Silver title (25 Qs with at least 5 in each of the 3 tournaments). It took her 4 years and 4 months to complete her Championship TM Silver; it has taken 1 year and 6 months for her Performance equivalent.
Tika's Grand Prix HistoryI felt a bit of a pang when admiring a friend's Bye certificate from winning Grand Prix this weekend. (For regular-weekend Grand Prixs like these, a Bye cert gets you into Round 2 at a Regional.) With all of Tika's Grand Prix Qs in her life--37 to date--she has never won a Grand Prix and never earned a Bye certificate.
Wellll, OK, neither of those are strictly true statements.
Because Tika *did* win one Grand Prix--Round 1 at a Regional. Which doesn't get you a **certificate** because you're at a regional so you just go on to round 2 the next day anyway.
Oh, and there is another way to get into Round 2 at a Regional, and that is by Qing in Round 1 at a Regional. Which, in fact, Tika has done 6 out of 8 times. So the result is exactly the same as having a cert from an earlier trial; it's just that--jeez--it would be nice to have one of those certificates on our record plus one of those fancy Grand Prix first-place ribbons (which you don't get by winning Round 1).
She's placed 2nd five times. (Three times in Championship, twice in Performance.)
Her Qing rate is odd recently. After she moved to performance last spring, she Qed in 6 out of her first 7 Grand Prixs. And since then--only 2 out of 10. Gotta pick up my game, obviously!
It's a little hard to compare to her Championship record: Virtually all the time she was in Championship, you could Q with 5 faults, and she Qed 29 out of 47 times. But 20 of those were with 5 faults--ouch!
So in Performance, those first 6 Qs were all clean runs, and since then she's had 2 more clean, which is just about as many in a year and a half as she had in 6 years in Championship! Meanwhile, 4 of her 9 performance NQs have been 5-faulters, so in the old days those would also have been Qs. Ah, well. Not too worried about it yet.
But just in case I WANT to worry about something--
Boost's Grand Prix History and other sad storiesTo add to the general feeling that I'm rushing madly nowhere with Boost, she's earned only 3 Grand Prix Qs out of 41 tries.
Not quite as bad as 1 Jumpers Q out of 56 tries, or zero Snooker Super-Qs out of 52 tries, but the three of these combined makes for a good excuse to get depressed and give up the sport forever.
What it SHOULD do is serve as a motivator for me to more regularly do the things that I know I could probably do to probably improve the situation, but for some reason those all fall into the category of Not Interesting Enough. I know what Susan Garrett (and everyone else who's successful at this sport) would say about that, and I can say it in my own words: Do something about it or quit whining and just enjoy being out on the field with your dog doing what you're capable of doing.
Bleah. I hate good advice that makes sense but actually involves work or ceasing whining.
I mean, she DOES have 7 Steeplechase Qs, which Tika only ever got 11 of in Championship, and she has 22 Pairs Qs, which Tika only ever got 27 of in Championship.
And I'm not too unhappy with 10 out of 70ish Standard Qs or 10 out of 60ish Gamblers.
But, really, I was in despair over Remington's failure to get more than one Standard Q out of 41 attempts, and that pales in comparison to Boost's unachievements. Or his only-one Gamblers Q out of 29 attempts (between NADAC and USDAA) that had me sitting in a corner sobbing pathetically on more than one occasion.
Of course now I'm older and wiser and don't tend to go sob in a corner over missing Qs. But, frankly, if it weren't for Tika, I dunno whether I'd have the strength of will to keep going in agility at this rate with Boost. Or, conversely, whether that would in fact motivate me more to do something about it.
And in conclusionHave you heard all this before? Probably. Like a broken record.
OK, this was supposed to be a 2-line post about Tika's Pf Tournament Silver. Now it's back to the real world.