Mandy and Karen were lucky enough to go on Thursday night and start their competition on Friday - Ian and I went and joined them on Friday night! I was green with envy when I arrived and they announced that they had both had first places during the day and had been awarded their first trophies! I was very pleased for them really, but I couldn't help wanting to be in the trophy club too!!
This was Ruby's first show since her injury so I wanted to use it as an opportunity to build her confidence and be happy in a show ring so I planned to run her 'not for competition' (NFC). This meant that I could take her tug toy into the ring and reward her with some play after small sections of the course. She seemed a little apprehensive at first, I even struggled to get her off the start line, and she stopped half way round one course! But each time her confidence seemed to be building.
In the meantime Pepper was faithfully doing everything I asked of her and picked up a 2nd place in Steeplechase I and then got 1st place for Steeplechase II - our first trophy! Yay! She also had enough points to move from Beginner into Novice for the Steeplechase runs on Sunday.
Sunday was another fantastic day. Pepper ran her little socks off in the two Novice Steeplechase runs picking up first place in both and finished the day with first place in Beginners Jumping.
The final run of the day for Ruby was a Steeplechase so I decided to run it for competition to see what she did without the lure of her toy. She was slower than usual, but I was delighted to get her round the course clear. Better than that, she was announced as the winner of the class so took home her first ever 1st place rosette and trophy!
I really couldn't be more proud of our two little Cockapoos! Here they are with their collection of rosettes and trophies: