Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Washington update

Hi all,

Unfortuently we did not have internet at the hotel while we were in Washington. We are home and are picking up the trailer to head out to the One tree trial. The drive was great and the weather was nice and cool for trialing. After the first day my neck got better and I was able to drive the second leg of the trip. We had a great time.

Others didn't have as much fun.
This poor guy never saw us coming and never had a chance. We are still looking for his head.

The field was small but very tricky with rolling hills and the Macdonalds add some extra tricks like this maltese cross. I had only seen this done in videos. Luckily I grasped the concept and mastered it both runs.

The open class had 60 dogs running in it. This meant very early mornings. Which is not something I really enjoy.
Saturday we ran on a mix of Barbs and Barb crosses. Most of the course was straight forward. The sheep took some convincing the get through the Maltese cross and penning them proved to be difficult.
Saturday we ran mid morning and got an 85. Isla ran good and was listening. She seems to be back to her old self. Finished up 9th.
Sunday the course and the sheep changed. The sheep were Scotties and hair crosses. The course had a blind cross drive, Maltese cross and a single. That's right folks a blind cross drive. And actually a little bit of the drive away was blind as well. Needless the say I was shaking in my boots. We ran 4th around 6:30 Am. Had a great run but never got the single. We scored a 92. Our score held on all day to take 1st place.
So the good news is we are now going to run at the USBCHA finals. Isla now has around 18 points.


Welsh shepherdess said...

WAY TO GO!!!! Congrats.

Sarah said...

wow congrats!!! sounds like a great trip!

Lynda said...

way to go girl!!!!!
You are a great handler!

Jodi said...

Woo hoo! Congratulations!!! A merle in the finals??? Oh the horror!

DeltaBluez Tess said...

It was great meeting you!! You need to post the pixs of Isla!! She was awesome

Donna Brinkworth said...

Wow Louanne! I am so excited for you. You deserve it!
Continuing to live vicarously through friends...

Kathy said...

Hey, there has been merles at the finals before.

Congrats on your runs.

gr8bcs said...

I can see you getting to like early morning runs! Well done, Louanne and Isla. It doesn't happen by magic. It's like the way to Carnegie Hall: practise, practise, practise!

WalkOn Border Collies said...

Congrats Louanne & Isla!!! That is an awesome win in a huge class of some very tough handlers - way to go! Look out Klamath!
cheers Lani