Thanks for the thought, Jane. Much appreciated!
We live in high dessert area, so a lot of times we are limited to tracking in dirt since there is absolutely no grass where we live. Also depending on where the trials are held, a lot of them around our area are in dirt too. But when it does rain, we try to milk the grass tracking for all it's worth. Other than that, the only grass available are on large sport fields, but it's a PITA. We lay our tracks at 6am (we tried 5am... I love this sport but while my trainer is, I admit I ain't as hardcore) and occasionally have to ask dog-walkers to stay away from our tracks.
This track was particularly brutal. We normally meet up really early so there is still moisture in the dirt... but it's so that the disturbed scent is stronger. I will definitely bring this up as a concern because I don't want to jeopardize my dog's health at the expense of a title.
I guess as a Mum, I worry if she can handle the jump at her age. She definitely loves going over obstacles, but that is tall! But no, you are right. Age is just a number! I really shouldn't limit her. Wise words...
Janka vom Grunenfeld, BH (d.o.b. 10/12/07)