1 brutal snowstorm, a 2 hour trip taking 3 hours, 8 runs and 8 Q's, 2 new Titles, your mom forgetting to press record on your best run, one dead car battery, ...
The roads were crap. They went from bad to worse, then good-ish then a total whiteout near High River. I thought about turning around, but we were over half way there when it got really bad. So on we go ....
Arrive at Arena 8:45
I rushed inside and there was 15 dogs until my turn when we arrived. Of course I didn't get to walk the Steeplechase course, something I have NEVER done, a FIRST! I warmed up each dog, ran the course, and each dog Qd! That was an adrenaline rush, I really had to think on my feet. Thank god it wasn't jumpers, I would have been screwed.
Next up was Standard.
Gyp was great, we just clicked all day! And she got her last Standard Q - and 1st Place needed for her Bronze Award of Merit (10 Masters Standards and 25 Masters Games) YAY Gyppie girl!
Kaleb ran super fast, for Kaleb :) and it was a run I was really proud of, he got a 3rd place and Q'd too!
ANOTHER FIRST: 4 - 7's with Gyp! We did it, we did it, we did it! We got our 4 7's (A-Frames) and finished to the end with a couple seconds to spare, it was oogly and pretty all at the same time!! This is the run my mom forgot to record ... she did however tape my warm-up, which I might actually post, because Gyp is cute.
Kaleb did great too! We did 2 - 7s and a 6, and he finished to the end with 5 seconds to spare!
Finally Steeplechase #2:
Gyp was great, and guess what we did 3 rear crosses, you pretty much had too, the courses were just made for them. She got a first and Q.
Kaleb just needed this last run for his Steeplechase Title, and he did it! I had pulled his from Steeplechase in the middle of last year, as in the regular times, he was always 2 seconds over, or 2 seconds under. I didn't like pushing him that hard, then we would get a bar or a missed contact, and he is not fast enough that he could have 5 faults + time. So now as a Vet he got his last 4 Steeplechases back to back. He is running so great right now, I am just thrilled with him.
The dead car battery:
I was in such a rush and I had my mom and another friend help me take my stuff in one load, I never went back out to see my vehicle ... and see that I had left my lights on ... thank you Geoff and Randy for the boost!
On the road home:
You would never know the roads were shit on the way there, they were a 2/10 on the way there, and a 10/10 on the way home!
Home by 5:30!!! How awesome is that!! What a day!