The double lift this year was broadcast on a live streaming so I hoped you watched. I always think it is important that everyone have a chance to see what is happening at a finals and how the dogs perform even if you are too far to go. Just looking at stats on a page doesn't always tell you the real story.
In the double lift, it was very important to draw up early. It was so dramatically cooler in the morning and that affected everything - how the sheep behaved, how the sound traveled and how much you could ask your dog to do. I'd like to say that since June drew one of those coveted spots, that she won the trial but she didn't. It was a little over her 3 year old head, but she behaved admirably. June's sheep (and a few other runs had the same problem) drifted so far away while she was busy picking up her second set of sheep, that when she was ready to pick them up again, she had another 300 yard outrun to do so. While she was regathering her first set, (on her third outrun) her second set found the water by the judges tent. June got them all together and slid into the water, right under their noses to get a dip.
|June politely tells the sheep that she's the only one allowed to have water|
|June gets on with the job and moves the sheep away from the water|
|June moves the sheep around the post|
If only... If only... Donnie had drawn up in the morning. But that's dog trialing. Donnie's experience would have really helped him do well if he hadn't had to run in the heat. It wasn't that Don got overly hot. Quite the opposite actually, his stamina was far better than I ever knew.
|Donnie making the fetch panels and approaching the turnback post|
I hope Klamath Falls invites us all back in a few years when they have recovered from this one and we'll now be setting our sights on Virginia for the 2013 Nationals!
|See ya next year!|