It was kind of like having a baby. You look forward to it with anxious anticipation, and then the actual event gets close and you just want the whole thing over with. That is what the whole MACH experience was for us. I entered the Afghan trial for all three days and then took off work on Thursday and Friday both so I could get all my stuff done around the house on Thursday and just concentrate on agility over the weekend. The trial was very relaxed on Friday, I do love Friday agility. Just a little bit more low key than the weekend. Lori Sage was the judge and her courses were as usual very sheltie friendly. Standard had a tricky bit at the beginning, where there were lot of obtacles close together, but basically it was a straightforward course. Hannah was running probably the best she ever has. Seriously. I of course promised her all sorts of stuff if she listened well, did her contacts and weaves, and she must have understood because she just ran perfect. Even while she was on the table, I didn’t have to body block her to keep her from jumping off.
JWW was a fun one, with no tunnels to worry about. Pefect for Hannah. Went out there, got on the line and it just went so smooth and fast we were at the end before I even knew we started. Good girl, Hannah.
It was exciting and fun, but I am glad it is over. Hannah is entered in regular classes a couple more times, then will be taking an extended break while I get Tally up to Excellent. I will probably enter her in preferred Time to Beat or FAST a few times, but basically she will be resting for now. We have one USDAA trial coming up where we once again will try for her ADCH and we are doing a PVP pairs event for fun. After that I think she is done with USDAA. That is my plan for now, we will see how it goes. I am really struggling with this decision. I am not interested in the masters challenge courses or the biathlon in USDAA and the emphasis in that venue seeems to be going that direction. I don’t look forward to slogging thru starters and advanced with Tally, it just takes so long with limited trialing opportunities. I don’t have any interest in Lifetime Achievement awards or such, so it makes no sense to continue with Hannah. I do love going down to Elma though and will miss seeing my USDAA friends.