|Kaylie with her ribbons.|
On Sunday I had the Conformation Finals and an agility pretrial. Off hand I can't remember exactly what we did in agility, but I don't think Conor got any Q's, and Kaylie may have Q'd in a couple of runs. The Conformation Finals was really where my focus was anyway. The top 30 dogs in the country were invited to compete in the Finals. So all 30 of us went into the ring. After that, we all got judge individually by three different judges. After all that, we all got called back into the ring, and they announced the top 10. I soooooo wanted to hear my number announced. The second I heard #286, I just burst into tears. Mind you, I was on the verge of tears the first time we had to run around the ring. I so wanted to make the top 10. It was a dream come true to make the top 10. Later that afternoon we had to go back into the ring to find out exactly where we got placed. We ended up finishing at #9. Pretty darn exciting.
Monday was my super crazy day. Got to the show site at 6:45 a.m. and left the show site at 9:30 p.m. LONG day! For agility, we just had two rounds of Gamblers with both dogs. Both runs were a bust. Then we had Rally. Both dogs did fantastic - Kaylie got a 198 to finish her Novice Rally X title, and Conor got a 197 for his Novice Rally X title. I then showed Kaylie in Utility. She's such a good little worker and really enjoys doing the Utility exercises. But the darned go-outs got us again. Drats. I showed Conor in Open, and man oh man, he was awesome!! His drop on recall does need some work though, as he finally dropped practically right in front of me. Then his actual "front" was at my left side. He got 7 points deducted for that. And then his front on the broad jump was a little crooked. He ended up with a 190, and we got 3rd place. Then we did Brace obedience. This is when the two dogs are connected at the collar, and they have to do the Novice exercises together. They're so adorable when they do this. I had planned to practice more with them, but I just never had the time. So for having had no practice, they did a fine job, getting a 191.5 and 3rd place. I also showed Kaylie in conformation for Best of Breed. I doubted she would get Best of Breed, but I did hope for a Premier award. She showed like a pro, and the judge did like her - so we did end up with a Premier! Wooo hooooo!! I've always wanted a Premier award at a Nationals! We got a cool ribbon and a blanket.
|Conor with his ribbons.|