Dianne Page's Wynn and Scott weren't far behind and took a second place with an 80 and his second leg for the finals. We're pretty proud of Wynn and he's definitely in first hole to go with Scott to the finals as his nursery dog.
Bliss managed to stay in there with a 70 and get a 5th place and her second leg. Bliss is just blowing me away with these beautiful fetches and starts her drive nicely but argues a little with Scott just as the sheep start putting pressure on her before the panels. Yesterday she took a wrong flank in front of the drive away panels and missed them. She's had less training than the other nursery dogs traveling with us so Scott isn't worried. She's qualified now so he'll just keep giving her miles for experience.
Jane did much better yesterday but Scott used it as a training run and worked on opening up her flanks. Her owner, Marianna Schreeder has been judging on the open field for 2 days and hasn't seen her dog work yet. Today she'll get to see her for the first time so Jane better pull out all the stops and impress her. Tomorrow, Marianna judges the nursery but not the pro novice, so Jane won't be able to run in the nursery. She'll do the pro novice instead.
Nan looked beautiful in Open Ranch and other than a missed panel, could have won it. I believe she ended up in 5th.
|Nan and Scott at the pen in Open Ranch|
The highlight of the day was Scott and Donnie's run. Scott told me specifically not to brag about it but (shhh) it really was a good one with lots of clever moves from him and Donnie. So that being said, I'll play it low key from here on out. It started with some horrible sheep. They just would not go to the set out post. They ran up and down the tarp line in front of the set out and tried to jump back in. At one point, we all thought it was time to quit and get another set but they finally got them (It must have taken close to 10 minutes to set them) and Scott sent Don. When he got behind them, they came running as if they had a fire behind them. Donnie opened up his flanks and stayed back, trying to settle them and they stayed on line and made the fetch panels but never slowed until Don caught them directly behind the post. Scott stopped Donnie then and the sheep stopped and they all sat there for what seemed forever. Literally, I was getting nervous that they were eating up too much time but Scott just continued to wait and give the sheep time to settle. Finally, they started to move along the right hand drive line.
|Don making the drive panels|
|Don taking a break in the water before his pen|
Today we have another day of nursery, pro novice and Lad and Don run in the open. BTW, Laddie was 16th overall for the first round with 122 dogs and got 11 points towards the finals!