There had been intermittent downpours so we were a little worried about getting onto our pitch in George, but Ian managed to manoeuvre into position without any drama and we got set up in the rain. In fact, I even had a spell sitting in the sun with a glass of wine!
I had high hopes for this show - we still needed 2 wins to take us into Grade 7, and as a result my desire to win caused me to do some unbelievably rubbish handling - a couple of runs will haunt me for a long time to come, but I'm delighted to report that we did manage to move one step closer to our dream!
On Saturday we had some good runs, and won the G6 Agility, but sadly we had 5FR for some bad handling on my part, and a couple of other clears, but on Sunday won the Graded 5-7 Jumping - our first run of the day. This somewhat went to my head and I convinced myself that I'd breeze through another run to get the second one, but sadly this didn't happen as my nerves got the better of me. It also didn't help that every time I stepped into the ring, all of my friends were watching and hoping that I'd get a clear, so the pressure was immense.
My runs were also hampered by the achilles injury that has been bothering me throughout this year It flared up and was making it really difficult to run. I was extremely grateful that Mike Evans found some tape for me to strap it up with, as I wouldn't have managed without this, but still left before my last runs that would have been at the end of the day.
Ruby had a 3rd in Jumping, so delighted with her, but agility clears are still proving elusive.
Overall a lovely show and certainly one I'll look to do again next year. They were also using the e-gility automated system so results were really quick to be published and the show ran really smoothly.
3 more KC shows to go before the end of the Year - here's hoping we can get that last win to achieve my goal for this year!