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NAC Zing!

       photo by Karen Moureaux 

I keep waiting for it to hit and actually feel real. NAC Zing! Nope, it still feels like a dream.

While Saturday's courses were really fun, I have to admit that I was a little nervous before Hybrid. Maybe it's just the pressure of having two clean runs and only needing one more. Challengers is one of the most exciting classes to ever compete in, but I'd just as soon "pass go and collect $200". We were competing in ring 4, which felt like the smaller ring. The dogs didn't have much room before the first jump. If Zing could have comprehended the situation, I'm sure he would criticize me for being so nervous. He easily got around the course despite my concerns.

When I saw the Finals course, I was really excited. It was exactly the kind of finals course that I would pick for Zing: nice and flowing. I took Zing for a really long walk while the smaller heights ran. I watched several 16" runs before I got him out again at the beginning of 20". Unfortunately, I didn't get to see any of the runs in our jump height. We warmed up at the practice jump, and spent the rest of the time heeling and playing with the flying squirrel. Zing and I were in our own world. We felt really calm and collected going into the ring.

As odd as it sounds, I can't really remember the run. All I remember is saying "ZING". A lot. I also remember turning to look at our time at the end of the run and wondering if 28-something was a good thing. There was one dog after us, and AKC wanted me to sit in the hot chair. Umm.. no. That's a jinx. The other team had just started their run and must have had a fault. I was told that Zing won. Whatt? I've been told that my face was priceless.

He's more than just my heart dog, he’s all heart.

Almost forgot to add the video:


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Apr. 5th, 2012 04:40 am (UTC)
A fabulous handler and an amaZing dog! I was sitting in the same section as your Mom (if that was her filming) and I think I hear myself yelling in your video. Such a well-deserved win, congratulations!!!
Apr. 6th, 2012 08:07 am (UTC)
Yes, that was my mom. :) Thank you so much! It was great to finally meet you and Slider in person! :)
Apr. 5th, 2012 04:45 am (UTC)
I watched your run, and the dog after you fault, *right* before going to grab Rev. I ran out of the building yelling that you won LOL Oh I am so happy for you guys. Fantastic weekend. Way to rock it guys. :) :) :) :) :)
Apr. 6th, 2012 08:09 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! :) Your runs were absolutely spectacular; go take tryouts by storm (again!).
Apr. 5th, 2012 04:58 am (UTC)
Huge congratulations!!! I was following the results from here and was SO excited to hear that you won! You and Zing are a wonderful team to watch - so happy for you. :-)

Apr. 6th, 2012 08:10 am (UTC)
Thank you! :) I still can't believe it!
Apr. 5th, 2012 06:08 am (UTC)
Just beautiful, such an amazing team you two are - congratulations! CHAMPIONS!
Apr. 6th, 2012 08:15 am (UTC)
Thank you! :) He always gives me 100%.
Apr. 5th, 2012 07:44 am (UTC)
Sooooo AmaZING!!! Brilliant runs all the way through the Finals! CONGRATS to you and NAC Zing! A well deserved Championship! :))
Apr. 6th, 2012 08:17 am (UTC)
Thank you!! It was great to see you again! You and Cait had such beautiful runs all weekend! Congratulations to a breathtaking team!

(Thank you for getting my shirt! Zing really appreciated me staying with him during his massage!)
Apr. 5th, 2012 11:19 am (UTC)
One of the benefits to not making the finals, I could watch the whole thing! I will say, I knew you two would win anyway before you even ran. :) I'm so happy for you and Zing. Always such an incredible team, plus it's sweet that you're so humble about it all. Congrats again!
Apr. 6th, 2012 08:30 am (UTC)
Thank you! While I didn't know that we would win, I was pretty excited about the course... it was more like Steeplechase, which is my favorite class. :)
Apr. 5th, 2012 11:34 am (UTC)
It was a privilege to watch you in person last year in Virginia! And it was SO AWESOME to watch you win Nationals this year on live stream! Zing is an exceptional dog! You make the perfect team! Your handling was beautiful, Gabrielle! Congratulations to you and your red boy! Stunning work! So much deserved!
Apr. 6th, 2012 08:31 am (UTC)
Re: Congratulations!!
Wow, thank you! :)
Apr. 5th, 2012 12:01 pm (UTC)
Congratulations. I was so happy to hear about your great Nationals. And thanks for the video. Amazing finals run.
Apr. 6th, 2012 08:33 am (UTC)
Thank you! Zing was such a good boy! :)
Apr. 5th, 2012 12:16 pm (UTC)
Awesome job! Thanks for the video, I didn't get to see any of the livestream, so loved watching all your runs!
Apr. 6th, 2012 08:34 am (UTC)
Thank you :) I hope to see you at USDAA nationals this year! :)
Apr. 5th, 2012 02:00 pm (UTC)
I somehow got to see all your runs except the T2B, I think, and I wasn't the least bit surprised when you won finals. You two have always been amaZing together. That finals run was so much fun to watch, you two just tore it up. Congratulations!!!
Apr. 6th, 2012 08:45 am (UTC)
Thank you! It looks like you two also had a rockin' weekend! Your hiking pictures are beautiful; I wish that I spent more time at Lake Tahoe!
Apr. 5th, 2012 02:19 pm (UTC)
I am so excited for you and cousin Zing! I was able to watch the finals and it was so exciting. Awesome job and congrats, such a team!
Apr. 6th, 2012 08:46 am (UTC)
Thank you! I can't wait to meet you and Freddie at an event!! :) Are you going to USDAA nats this year?
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Apr. 5th, 2012 03:38 pm (UTC)
LOVELY RUN!!!! Congrats girl!!!

Poetry in motion!!
Apr. 6th, 2012 08:47 am (UTC)
Thank you! We had so, so much fun! :)
Apr. 5th, 2012 03:52 pm (UTC)
Congrats! Great runs!
Apr. 6th, 2012 08:48 am (UTC)
Thank you! It was great to meet you! :)
Apr. 5th, 2012 04:57 pm (UTC)
Apr. 6th, 2012 08:49 am (UTC)
Thank you!! :)
Apr. 5th, 2012 05:21 pm (UTC)
Awesome job! Bog congrats to you and Zing!
Apr. 6th, 2012 08:50 am (UTC)
Thank you!

HUGE CONGRATS to you and Emma! :) Superstars! :)
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