A long post to provide an update on our start to the 2011 season.
Our first show this year was the Hare n Hounds valentine show, indoor at the Richmond Equestrian Centre. For the first show of the season we did ok, Freddie was jumping really well and would have done better with a better handler!
On the Saturday we clocked up a few Es, which were all my fault. Most of them were very good runs spoilt by me making silly mistakes and getting us E'd. But we did manage a lovely clear in the Redmills-sponsored 1-7 combined jumping, but were a long way out of the placings.
Sunday was a bit better, still making silly mistakes but we managed to come 6th in grade 1 agility even with 5 faults for a refusal at the weaves. And in our final run we had a superb clear in ABC jumping which was complimented by the judge, but was just out of the placings. Damn those fast kelpies!!! So we came home with 3 rosettes to add to the board which felt really good.
And at the beginning of March we had another weekend's competing. First at the Doghouse in Seaham - a great indoor venue. This was a fun show, being judged by Doc Docherty. Though we did a bit rubbish, not managing a clear round all day! It was good fun, and good training.
Sunday was the Hare n Hounds Mad March Show. Again we had some very scrappy runs, but also some good runs with minor mistakes that picked up faults. Our first run of the day had 5 faults which would have been good enough for a place, but unfortunately the scribe forgot to write our time down, we re-ran and got eliminated. Very frustrating, but it could easily have gone the other way. So no rosettes to add to the board this time.
But I did manage to get OH to come to the fun day and take some video footage. Here's Freddie in action (we got 5 faults for a refusal and the weaves are very scrappy, but otherwise a nice run).