Only 31 runs this year for me as I only entered Le and Bi first - and then added To as well since there was a free spot left - just for her to gather experience on new obstacles. And well, she did a bit more as that 🙂
I'm really extra proud of To, my 18 and a half months old puppy, that same puppy you can see in Puppy Diary being afraid of a clicker and the sound the water makes when dogs are running through it... - doing so well at her first ever big event! She showed really great skills and set all the best times of all jump heights, beating even speedy little Le!!! - So I guess she is getting faster in trials now 🙂 She is still not as fast as at home, so her contacts were all very high as she insists on 4 strides, but doesn't open up as much as at home yet, but other as that, she did just brilliantly, had no problems with courses, qualified for all finals, won Biathlon (and both runs of it) and could win Games if only I didn't raise the hand a little bit too much in Gamblers and sent her to the finish jump after first 2 obstacles of our perfect plan - that's the only one run I am really sorry we didn't get right as the plan was just brilliant 🙂 With everything else, I was as happy as it gets, she did everything exactly like told and her times sure made me smile!
My super midget did great as well, she sure loved those distances (that made her forget everything she ever knew about cik&cap ha ha) and did just great, it was mostly only To who could beat her in time. She ran all her 4 team runs clean for our team, but in other classes, we had a very weird series of missed A-frames that took many wins away... - No idea what happened to her 100% AF... I'm very happy with everything else, but we definitely need to check what's up with those AFs once we get some rest. She still won several runs and won silver in Games and definitely set a record by gathering 46 points in opening of the Gamblers. When we asked Canadians and Americans if we can plan 16 obstacles for the opening they said no way. So we did 18 instead 🙂 - but then unfortunately missed the closing because I turned her too soon after the tunnel... She still ended 3rd in Gamblers thanks to that master plan though 🙂
Bi had moments of brilliance as well - but lack of training in past months certainly showed up and she started off with many bars - that got better once she got used to 65cm (we only see 60cm in trials around here), but we then started a series of refusals, so her only two rosettes are one from 3rd place in Snooker and one from winning Team run. - She always makes sure to keep me humble 🙂