Kali had an AMAZING day on Saturday. She qualified in both her Elite Standard rounds (with a 4 th place in both) and then, she FINALLY got that last elusive Elite Jumpers leg for her NADAC title! I am embarrassed to tell you how long we have been trying for this…but she was brilliant and took 3 rd place. Sunday was a series of mishaps and poor handling on my part – poor girl.
This was the first trial that I decided to amp Cinder out for EVERY run – not just Gamblers like I had done the last show. I had Cinder screaming and barking on the start line and we only had a couple mishaps! We had a couple bars down throughout the weekend (all my fault – bad calls) and a couple self-releases on contacts and once on the start line – but we had no off-courses and had some amazing runs. She racked up a bunch more Elite Standard legs (3 I think) but the best run of the weekend was her final Elite Jumpers run. 22 obstacles in 23.32 seconds. She was FLYING. We had a ball.
Patches was her usual reliable self – even more so than normal at this trial. I think Patch really likes it up there! No Elite Gambles (I didn’t get ONE gamble all weekend, with anyone – I think I need to work on that!) but she Q’d every other time I put her in the ring! 4 Elite Standard legs and 2 Elite Jumpers – with four 1 st places and two 2 nd’s! It doesn’t get much better than that!
Mia and Finn were also trailing this weekend – and man, do they look good! Finn ROARED around the courses, winning everything he qualified in. His Elite Jumpers runs (both of them) were terrific to watch: he has such a long stride that he really eats up the yardage. Finn earned his Elite Jumpers title this weekend – as well as Q’ing in 3 out of the 4 Elite Standard runs. He and Mia look soooo smooth together and they really seemed to be in sync this weekend.
Kathie Brusca and Dixie also had a stellar weekend. I don’t know all the details but every time I turned around, Kathie was collecting more ribbons so that means all is well!
Once again, I cannot recommend this trial highly enough. Great atmosphere, great people and great courses. What else is there?