Originally Posted by BostonBanker
Around here, the performance division is nearly as competitive as the championship. I don't think anyone blinks at someone choosing to run performance, especially given the difference in venue heights. When I was going back and forth on what I was going to run Gusto at (17" dog, so should run 22"), people were very quick to say "Why in the world would you jump him 22"? Put him in performance." I've never felt a glimmer of disrespect or judgement from anyone at trials regarding running performance, just on forums
Performance is competitive here, that's why I won't run Pirate in it. My 16" Stafford can't be competitive with 20"+ BCs, and I don't like the USDAA classes enough to run them just to run them to qualify, with no hope of ever placing (I like placing). And probably not being able to finish a champion title, because of not being able to be fast enough for Steeplechase when running against dogs so much taller than himself.
If I didn't have another choice, I would, but I can run him in AKC and compete with dogs who are closer to him in height. If he was as much as 17", I might even be willing to give it a go, but he really is a 16" dog, it's just up in the air to whether the judges will get that measurement.
he's a fast little dog:
so I just want him to get his chance to shine.