Hemp was better under control today - I put him on his belly at the top instead of letting him walk in on a steady whistle. There were two major mistakes in his run today and they were both made by him. Just before we turned the post, he ducked the wrong way and sent them the wrong way around, and just in front of the drive away panels, he read the pressure wrong and took a flank without being told, and it happened to be the wrong flank so we missed the panels. He also glanced behind him on the shed, like his niece, but then focused on the right one. He got an 85 today.
I was very happy with Laddie today! He handled like a dream and did everything I asked and he controlled his drive away line by himself. He seemed to be reading the pressure of the terrain very well so I decided to trust him and gave very little guidance. Scott said we lost most of our points on the third leg of the drive. Because it was a pen and then shed, I had to walk from the post to the pen while I was trying to find the line on the third leg of the drive and apparently I cannot walk and chew gum at the same time. He did have a nice pen and with 3 minutes left in the shed, I waited for the perfect opportunity and set it up just right so Laddie couldn't fail and he came in nicely and took a very good single for a 91.5 and 6th place! The best part of that was earning another 8 points which now brings us up to 22 + points. We started this trip with only 3 points so I'm proud of him and we should have enough to get in the Nationals now.
Donnie didn't have a very good start to his run today so Scott just trained on him a little bit down the terraced fetch and then walked off on the drive.
|Scott prepares to send Donnie up the terraced hill|
|Dr. Ben's famous handler's dinner|
Open 2 (69 dogs)
1. Linda Fogt and Jill 94.5
2. Richard Whorton and Tess 93.5
3. David Saunders and Curtis 93
4. Kate Ash and Roxie 93
5. Scott Glen and June 92.5
6. Jennifer Glen and Lad 91.5
7. Virgil Holland and Brooke 90.5
8. Anita Young and Mitch 90.5
9. Mike Hanley and Moss 90.5
10. Renee Billadeau and Bette 90