4th of July Stockdog and Conformation Trial - Cayucos, CA - 07/04/2005
This is always one of my favorite Stockdog trials to attend. First, it is on my home turf so I don’t have to drive anywhere (once I get to Cayucos that is!) and second, the conformation show is a lot of fun! This year, Marilee talked me into being the Trial Secretary for one of the Conformation shows – more on that later!
I only entered Cinder in this trial and she was entered in both the duck runs and all 4 of the sheep runs. Gale is in Open and she is NOT ready for it so I decided to save my money until we are both convinced Gale knows what driving is J
Briefly (and so it doesn’t look like I am bragging overmuch,) Cinder was AMAZING. We have never worked so consistently well as a team, despite my usual error of giving her the wrong flank on one run all the way to the first panel. She, brilliant dog that she is, ignored me – and once I had figured out what I was doing, I spent the rest of the run just telling her she was a good dog. No flanks, nothing – just “good girl” because I felt so terrible about confusing her that way. It wasn’t too bad of a mistake I guess because of all the 4 sheep runs we had, Cinder won every single one of the them (she got one score of 117 and the other three were 119’s!) and took High in Trial Sheep for every one of those runs. She also took 2nd and 3rd on ducks and went High Combined Other Breed for the whole weekend! What a dynamite dog! The best part of the weekend was when one of the judges came up and told me that Cin and I had improved greatly since the last time she saw us. Nice to know all the work and training (thank you Kathy Warren!) are paying off!