Solstice and Ryker recent trials
I haven't posted much, so figured I'd give an update on a couple of our recent trials.
Last weekend we had a USDAA trial, and Solstice did really well. She Qd in PII Gamblers, Standard, Pairs, and Snooker. We NQd on our second Standard run when she got distracted and popped out of the weaves, but that was our only fault. Also an NQ in Jumpers when I took one step too far and sent her over an off-course jump. She did pretty awesome though, and now she only needs one more Standard and one Jumpers to move to PIII.
Ryker, not so successful. This was his first trial in a while, and he's just not ready for it yet. Terrible startline behavior, knocked bars, self-releasing contacts, the works. So he's definitely not trialing anymore until we can do enough fun matches to reinforce the rules. I was pretty disappointed, since we had been having good practices for quite a while. But obviously he still gets crazy trial brain.
And then this weekend Solstice had a DOCNA trial. Saturday wasn't very good, but it was awfully hot, she was tired from our camping trip, and it was only her third outdoor trial. We Qd in 2/5 classes, but one was the important one which qualified her to run in the 2014 DOCNA Nationals! Today was much better for both of us, with me handling better and her focusing better, so we Qd in all 5 classes. Solstice got lots of compliments on her running, especially from people who have known her for a while and have seen how her confidence has increased.
Now we have a break this weekend, then a three day USDAA trial over Labor Day. Hopefully in all those runs we'll finish what Solstice needs to move up to PIII!
Sorry for a wall of text with no pictures or videos, but I'm lame like that. Maybe next time. :P
Ryker: (USDAA) SR (DOCNA) C-BTA
Solstice: (AKC) OA AXJ (USDAA) APD APS APR APK (DOCNA) C-BSLA S-BSLA S-BJA S-BTA