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Old 02-20-2008, 06:35 AM
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I just found my rulebook - that is Wildcard that I was thinking of. Even though weaves/teeter aren't officially in level one, they often combine levels one and two for the games. So, they can't include those obstacles in the 'required' part of the course, but they can have them as options. I actually liked having a chance to try out my weaves in the ring in the games before they were really required.
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Old 02-20-2008, 07:45 AM
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Thanks for the info--I think I will go Standard, Jumpers and Wildcard for our first show then--we'll see how we do. I'll be sure to let you guys know!
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Old 02-20-2008, 10:52 AM
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BB, since I don't know anyone who runs CPE well enough to ask.. We've been looking at it, but wildcard really throws me off. I read the online rule book and well still don't get it.

So you get to pick which of two obstacles... Are either choice okay? Do you know which choice is the better one? I think it and fullhouse didn't make as much sense to me as others. But there hasn't been a CPE trial to go to to watch and figure it out for myself.
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Old 02-20-2008, 01:28 PM
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I've only done CPE twice (and just sent in an entry for April, to go test out our new and improved contacts), so my memory may not be great. I know I saved my old course maps somewhere, but of course can't find them.

Wildcard - basically it is a normal course, except there are three places where there are two obstacles side-by-side. So, maybe a single jump, with a triple to the side of it. Or maybe a tunnel and a set of six weaves next to each other. The easier obstacle is marked with a one, the harder with a two. Depending on your level, you have to do a certain number of the "twos". So for level one, you have to pick one spot on the course where you think you can get your dog to do the harder obstacle; the rest of the time, you do the easier one. As you move up the levels, you have to take the harder choice more often.

Full House - You make up your own course. There is a required number of points you need to get. Each obstacle is awarded either 1 (single jumps), 3 (tunnels, chutes, tires), or 5 (contact obstacles, weaves, broad, double, or triple jumps) points. When you design your course, you need to make sure that not only do you set it up to get yourself enough points to qualify for your level, but you also need to get a "full house", which means you MUST include 3 1-pointers, 2 3-pointers, and 1 5-pointer. So, if you are an idiot like myself, it doesn't matter if you get tons of points, if you forget that you have to do at least three single jumps (which is why we are still in level one of that darn game).

Do those sort of make sense? I'm telling you, snooker seems easy to understand to me! These games always confuse me!
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Old 02-20-2008, 03:06 PM
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In AAC.. There's standard.. and then the games are team, jumpers, snooker and gamblers. Those I understand well, but in the beginning, snooker was the 'scary' one to me.. Now, I love it. I was scared to attempt it though as it doesn't 'flow'. Some of the CPE games, I'd try but I'd like to kinda understand them before entering them..

See, your explanation of wildcard is better than the rulebook's Okay so you need X number of the higher value one. Is there a penalty for taking more high value's than you need? What if you did all three wildcards even though you are a level one?

Fullhouse makes better sense to me. I'd be frustrated creating that course though on paper pre running it Same concept as gamblers due to the points.. but having to include specific numbered obstacles vs just adding up the points I'd find a little maddening.
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I think you HAVE to do just one of the harder obstacles and two of the easier ones in level one - it is specifically written that way.

I also do USDAA, and their games are the same as the AAC, I think. My first trial was CPE, and the friend who was supposed to accompany me was sick, so I went alone. I was so lost all day, trying to understand the games from the rulebook, but finally gave up and had someone explain the last class to me, which was snooker. So snooker from the start made more sense to me than the others.

The other CPE stuff is straightforward. Jackpot is basically gamblers, but with a really, really easy gamble. If you can do the AAC/USDAA stuff, CPE is a piece of cake.
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