We are finally on our way to the trial, 4 hours later start time. Now thunderstorms are all around and I was missing the B-match. I had to stop for gas. There were no easy to get into gas stations by his garage. So I drove down the highway a bit and stopped at a Flying J gas station. If you are a Good Sam RV club member, it gives you a 3cent discount on gas at Flying J. So gas there was right at 2.00 a gallon. Whoohoo. But now it was pouring down rain, lightening and windy. The other good thing about using the Flying J was it let me fill my tank all the way up. Usually the pumps turn off at 75.00 But not this time. Whoohooo. I pull up to the tank and I open my side window to make sure Im close enough to the pump. When I did that a ton of water poured off the RV and right into the window and down onto the leveler controls. Ugh!! Im sure that wasn't good for them but they worked when I got to the trial. So after filling up , I sat in the parking lot for about 30 minutes for the storm to pass.
The rest of the trip was fine. I got to the trial around 7pm. There was a guy managing the RV parking. I told him I wanted to park over in the grass field area. He said they only put four wagons out there . (each wagon lets 4 RV's hook up. Sometimes only two 50 amp Rv's. ) He said the spots could already be full but I could go look. He said it would be easier just to park close , here on the parking lot. So that's what I did. I backed into a spot, got my front wheels up on levelers. Seemed level to me and hooked up my electric. Then I took my dogs for a walk. I walked over to the field. There were several 50 amp RV spots out there. I decided to move my RV. I really didn't want to be on that black asphalt . That's all I need, to burn my dogs feet all weekend. And then if they need to go out in the middle of the night, I have to walk a distance to find grass. SO yup, I put in my slide, undid my levelers and disconnect my electric. I moved to the field. It was kind of a lot of work but since I was going to be there for several days, might as well have a good spot.
The next day was the trial. We did FAST first. Miley had kind of a bad run. She just kept jumping weird. She would have gotten the Send Bonus but she dropped both bars in the send. Ugh!
Java run was ok. But I didn't understand the judges call. First off, Java broke her stay. So I called her back to me , she hadn't taken any obstacles. The judge said I couldn't do that, that was training in the ring and even though I can train a zillion teeters in FAST, you cant train a startline. Ugh. (Ok, not just because this made me made. This other person goes out there and puts her dog in front of one of the #1 jumps. She leads out and releases the dog. The dog doesn't go and starts sniffing the ground. Then she goes to him and starts clapping her hands to get his attention, he keeps sniffing . She leads out and keeps calling him, he keeps sniffing. She steps in towards him again and calls him and claps, he takes the first jump. OK, that's training in the ring, IMO. Why is that acceptable but not what I did acceptable. Just wondering if someone had an opinion on why)
Anyway, Java took the dogwalk, the #3 tunnel and the #8 jump and the judge called fault. I have no idea why. I wasn't doing the send, so I don't understand why she said "fault" , like I did the send. Ugh, anyway I had her do the teeter and she stopped on the first time, so I ran out of the ring and rewarded.
Next up was Master Standard
Java had a nice run except we got the wrong tunnel entrance both times. Ugh!! Nice teeter though.
Im not sure why she missed the first one.
Miley missed the weave pole entry and then stressed.
Next was JWW. This was a tough course.
I have no idea why Java cut behind me after the weaves. I got her head as she is coming out, I think I have her and I turn to see where Im going and then she cuts behind me. Then this course ate dogs up. going down that line to the #14 jump, most dogs took the tunnel. Miley did good until the #14. I really thought I had her and then at the last second, she took the tunnel.
Friday we did T2B first.
Java was kind of crazy and missed some jumps but had a nice teeter.
Miley did good, only one dropped bar. The weird thing was she turned into the blue curtain when coming out of the tunnel. I was calling her name, so Im not sure why she did that.
Next was Master standard.
Poor Miley, she had table trouble on this run. I kept debating if I should leave the ring but in the end decided not to.
Then Jumpers. By this time I was getting frustrated with the wrong tunnel entrance thing. So I wanted to make sure she got the right one this time.
Java Qed!! And got her MXJ title. She took 3rd place. There were freaking fast dogs here. She was 5.9 yps.
Miley had a terrible run. She was just freaking crazy. Just running around the ring taking jumps. We finally left.
The next day JWW was first. The rings were running way ahead of the timeline. Its a good think I went over and hour early. I got there and about 5 minutes later, we were walking the ring. Then I took Java outside to warm up and when I got down to the ring (she was the 24th dog in), it was2 dogs until we were up. Ack!!
Miley Qed too!!!
Poor Miley stressed gain in the ring but not at the table. Im not sure what is going on with her.
I stayed until the end to watch my friends runs and then drove home. The ride home was uneventful. Yay11