The second day of open wasn't any dryer but our trial hosts were outstanding. They have one of the most hospitable trials and any thing you need they will give you.
Maid's second day did not go as well as the first. Most of the way around the course she was good and her shed and pen were good but she had a running group of sheep and a hard rain again and it started to wear on her. On the third leg of the drive she buzzed the sheep. She didn't make contact but the judge punished her by only giving her 8 points for her drive. Unfortunately, that took her out of the running for the overall buckle.
Roo slashed again at the top and never quite settled down again. He headed the sheep on the crossdrive so Scott retired him.
I still don't want to talk about Lad's run. Not sure what's going on there.
Hemp ran outstanding, however a miscommunication kept us from placing. He had a good outrun and lift and I didn't even need to blow a whistle on his fetch until after the fetch panels. He made both panels but as he went through the crossdrive panels I blew an away whistle to start him back to me. Scott said the way I blew it, it sounded funny and he knew Hemp would take the wrong flank. I thought he was being stubborn and so I made him circle again - thinking I was training. I didn't realize the dog had tried to be good and I was waisting all those points! Anyway, after that, he had a good shed and pen and got 71 points.
Because Scott didn't score very high on the first day with Drift, he knew he was going to have to really lay one down to win the overall buckle donated by Deb and John Cleveland.