Monique sent this a couple of month’s ago “if there was an opening” it was busy over the summer so it was still in the file.
Rainbow Springs Oliver Twist SE RN NW1 RATN has been enjoying the new sport of Barn Hunt over the last few weeks. He’s traveled to trials in North Carolina and New Jersey in addition to staying in his home state of Connecticut. After failing at his first few attempts in the novice class by either eliminating on a hay bale (what’s a boy to do?) or choosing tubes with dirty litter instead of a live rat, he finally succeeded by qualifying at 3 trials in a row. Oliver ran through tunnels formed by hay bales, climbed at least one bale high, and finally indicated the tube with the live rat. By earning a Novice Barn Hunt title (RATN) at the mature age of 13 ½ years old, Oliver is the oldest Glen of Imaal Terrier to ever title in an AKC recognized sport. We are immensely proud of our working dog! For more information on this new fun event, go to barnhunt.com
Then over the weekend this happened! Oliver became Rainbow Springs Oliver Twist SE RN NW1 RATI RATO
The Open class differs from the Novice class in that the dog must locate 2 hidden live rat tubes instead of 1 (plus, there are 2 dirty litter tubes hidden without rats to trick the dogs), the tunnel of hay bales is longer with a turn, and one section of bales is 3 levels tall so the rats can be hidden higher up (and one must be). 2 ½ minutes is the time limit to find 2 rats, climb bales, and tunnel. 3 qualifying legs are required to earn a RATO title.
He has now moved into the Senior class; appropriate considering his age. 4 live rat tubes are hidden (plus 3 with dirty litter sans rat) in the more complex course, the tunnel has at least 2 turns, and 2 sections of bales are at least 3 levels tall. The time limit increases to 3 ½ minutes, but it is a fast paced event with rat tubes being located and handed out of the ring constantly so the dog can refocus and find more vermin. A very fun sport, especially for spectators!