I really love Friday trials. Just a little bit smaller, everyone is fresh and things go quicker, I think. Anyway, we had a judge I had not seen before, Alan Arthur from Austin. He was really nice, and his courses were fun. Started out with a fairly easy standard course, I am so glad we got it, we needed a Q after like 4 nqs in a row. We were running a different schedule this weekend, they are trying to get some more local judges certified, so they had to run that judge in one ring for Open and Novice and Mr. Arthur had to judge all of Excellent/Masters. So it was a long wait to JWW, probably a good 3 hours. I worked some, and visited some and it was a nice day, no rain, so it was all good. Except Hannah usually isn’t good after a long wait in the crate. She usually gets stressy and barky. I brought some really high value treats into the arena with me, I think that helped. In JWW, I planned a front cross after the 2nd jump. But Hannah tore off the start line like she had a bee in her butt. There was no way. I had to do a rear from 4 to 5 which left me “behind” and I had to put another rear in 6 to 7. She read them both perfectly, she was really moving. I can’t remember the rest of the course, I think it went pretty much as planned. She got 2nd place! We earned about 33 points toward Reno qualifying and I called it a very good day!
Saturday we were pretty much on the same schedule. The standard course had some fun challenges, with some long distances between a couple obstacles. Hannah was again moving a little faster than what I have been used to (maybe it is just being back at “home” at Argus). I ended up rear crossing both a tunnel and the chute with no problem.
I watched the big dogs run JWW with a friend. The course called for either a front cross in front of the weaves or to stay on the left of the weaves and end up having a rather awkward line for the last two jumps…. OR you could do a “twizzle”. My friend had never heard of this, maybe I made it up. It is an abbreviated front cross at the end of the weaves, where you just kind of twirl in place. I had to demo it to my friend in the walk thru, she thought it was pretty special and was doubtful I think that I was really going to do it. But I did, and it worked fine. That was fun.
So this morning I sent a note to the trial secretary for next weeks trial. That I could be getting my first ever MACH. Wow. I am not going to lie, I am excited. I barely slept last night. Pretty lame, I know. And Dan and I are having a “discussion” about where my MACH bling will be displayed. How cool is that???