There were 92 dogs....I doubt very much that he won for that reason[-X He has been there before...where his own dog was jammed by the helper. I feel for the handlers and the dogs that were injured...:-(
Actually my first thought was "hey I don't feel too bad about screwing up myself now". Although, I have NEVER jammed a dog, not even once. 3 dogs got jammed in the regionals in Orlando a few months ago, it wasn't a pretty sight. Not saying it couldn't happen to me, but ya figure if they put someone in a trial like that, that they won't jam 3 dogs in a row...
According to an AWMA members post - 8 dogs total were injured. Two very seriously "Octavius had his leg broken and ligaments torn. Aika had her breast bone broken and her back badly damaged. Her career is finished as well." The one where you see the helper give up the sleeve to the dog in the back half- the helper refused to work the dog further and the handler did not want the helper to work his dog.
The picture that Ivan has up on his site of Django being jammed at the 2002 AWDF is chilling.
Anybody can have a bad day but I sure hope that first guy knew the dog.
At this top level how many helpers will walk away from a dog, with their back turned, AFTER losing the sleeve.
Even at club level we have a couple of dogs you wouldn't do that to.