As usual it was a mixed day with only one clear round, our first run of the day in the Beginners Jumping. We were placed 2nd and received another blue rosette to add to our collection.
She did a beautiful run and I got my hopes up for great things for the rest of the day but sadly it was all downhill from there!
We need 2 points in Steeplechase to go up to the Senior level, and I was really hopeful that with two Steeplechase runs on the day we would be able to get those points - unfortunately not! We were E'd for the first one as Pepper got so excited she released herself before I was ready and it completely threw me. She missed the 3rd jump but when I got her back on track she flew round the rest of it.
We then had a painful few hours waiting for our next runs. We had decided to enter the pairs with our friends June and Kola and as time approached when we were due to run that, we also needed to be at the Novice Steeplechase and Beginners Agility! Typical!
It was fun doing the pairs - June and Kola ran first doing the Agility section - they did well but unfortunately had a problem with the weaves. We handed over the baton and Pepper and I headed off for the Jumping section. The opening was really the hardest part and we managed to navigate it exactly as I planned, but as we headed round the course Pepper dived off into a tunnel so a real shame, but at least we'll feel less daunted to try this again in the future.
We ran straight over to the Steeplechase and I should really have taken a bit of time to settle down and remind myself of the course, but I was distracted worrying about getting it done so that we could get to the agility. Unfortunately Pep knocked the first jump, very unlike her, but after that she did really well! All my fault for rushing!
Finally we made it to the Agility. I had really hoped this would be earlier in the day and had resolved to run it NFC so that I could train the contacts. By the time I got to the agility I was frazzled so just ran the course - Pepper leapt off every contact and took the wrong jump so a big fat E to end the day! I've really got to get my act together with the contacts as it's really holding us back! Back to the drawing board!