We headed off to the South of England showground early in the morning and our first course was ready to walk - the Combined G3-7 Olympia qualifier. The course was OK, considering, but I had to decide how to handle the contacts. I approached the judge and asked if he would mind me doing the seesaw again if Pepper didn't get a 2o2o position, and volunteered to leave the ring immediately. He was really nice and said that he would be happy for me to do the seesaw again, but that I could then do the dog walk on my way to the exit!
This is exactly what we did - she ran the seesaw the first time, I took her back to do it again and she did a perfect stop. We ran round to the dog walk and she did another good stop, and finished by going over the wall to stop the clock. It felt like a step in the right direction and I was really grateful that the judge had been so accommodating!
We then had Graded 3-4 Jumping - I was really looking forward to running the course, but sadly Pepper had a pole down! She would have come second if she had been clear!
Finally it was the team event! We had agreed that we should run the course as we wanted to as individuals and I had said that I would put Pepper back on the contacts if she didn't stop. I volunteered to go first so that I wouldn't be affected by anyone before me getting a clear round. We set off and Pepper was amazing! She stopped on all 3 of the contacts and ran the rest of the course clear! I took the baton from Jo and she set off with Quiz around the course, followed by Emma and Star and Sally and Taya. Emma and Jo were both eliminated but Sally was clear. It was a terrifying experience but so much fun and I couldn't have been happier with Pepper. There is light at the end of the tunnel!