There were a few friends from Paws at Play at the show which always makes it so much more enjoyable and I'm really grateful for the support that I get from everyone.
First run of the day was Agility for Pepper. My aim for the agility was for her to complete the seesaw without freaking out! The course was quite flowing and started jump, dog walk, jump, 12 weaves, seesaw - so all of the danger was in the first part of the course.
She got her dog walk entry (that she missed in the last 2 shows) and did a good contact on exit. Jump, 12 weaves (slow but no faults), great seesaw (very proud) - then she missed the tunnel entrance, and the next tunnel entrance! Finished with 10 faults - the first time we haven't been eliminated in Agility so I am really pleased but baffled as to why she missed 2 tunnel entrances??
Beginners Steeplechase for Ruby was next. I decided to run NFC so that I could take the toy as I was unsure how she would be! I was really hoping that her return to form at training on Thursday would mean that she would run normally at a show but sadly that is not to be! She wouldn't move off the start line even when I waved the toy in her face, and she reluctantly went over the first couple of jumps! She stood looking at me as if I was mad, so I ran across to the other side of the ring and she followed and flew over the last couple of jumps as if nothing was wrong! It's all very strange! I really do think that she lost her confidence back in April when she knocked into a post at the side of the ring. I've decided that I won't enter her in any more shows until I'm completely happy that she has her confidence back so I'm going to concentrate on making training fun over the Winter!
Jumping for Pepper next. I had walked the course quite a long time ago (in fact I had walked 3 courses and had to remember them all at the same time), so by the time I came to run it, I realised that it wasn't as clear as it should be. She started OK but then I nearly got the course wrong which made her miss the weave entry. We were sadly Eliminated and it was completely my fault - sorry Pepper!
Novice Steeplechase for Pepper next. The course was really nice and flowing - I was a little concerned about the end as there was a risk of her back jumping the 3rd from last jump but I had a clear plan in my mind. We ran the course clear and I was really pleased that she was placed first, 3 seconds faster than the dog that came 2nd. 6 more points towards her progression to Senior.
I was really conscious that I had Ruby there and wouldn't be running her again, the weather was turning and the show was running quite slowly so I decided to call it a day and go home to spend the afternoon with Ian! We have another opportunity in a couple of weeks at the Kelluki show when I will just take Pepper and try our hardest to get our first clear Agility round at a UKA show!