The last couple of weeks have been very traumatic mostly for me but also for Craig. Two weeks ago Craig broke his leg while helping me move some sheep. It was a freak accident that could happen to any of us but that day it happened to me. Of course I can't help but feel responsible even though it was not my fault. It was a very bad open fracture on his front leg. The vets were unable to plate and pin the break so Craig has an external fixator on his leg. 8 weeks of crate rest means no more trialing for this year. We are two weeks in and the vets are confident he is going to be OK. He goes in for weekly bandage changes and to check the screws and incision sites.
Now a days a persons travels are rated by how many new facebook friends you come home with. Some of us like Jamie travel around to met current facebook friends in person. Our North Dakota trip was epic in a sense that everything was larger than life. The trial fields, the weather, the flooding, and the friendship amongst
handlers. We started out at The Big One and then on to the Slash J trial. Due to all the flooding most of the handlers camped in town at the local campground. A luxury to have power. Quickly the days all gobbed together I have a hard time remembering my runs. What I do know is that we ended up middle of the pack most of the time.
Trial field at The Big One
900 yrd outrun
This is what it looked like the second time we ran
Trial field at Slash J
After the trial we stayed a couple extra days to take in an Aled Owen advanced handling clinic. We mostly worked on shedding and some turn backs. It was a good learning experience. I really need to work on my shedding and Aled gave me some good drills and things to think about.
We had a great time in North Dakota and will definitely be back.
I have a few moments of free time to catch up. I have been so busy and seem to not get anything done not sure how that happens. Each day the list gets longer and longer. How does someone who is not employed still need and assistant. Oh and a maid would be nice too. I have had a stressful couple of days which I will catch you all up on later. For now lets look back on Kentucky.
Driving through Chicago was an experience.
We visited the Kentucky Horse Park one day. You could spend days here and not see everything. It was raining that day so we practically had the place to ourselves.
Spent a couple hours at the Keenland racetrack.
This place is really a town all to it's self.
The fanciest gift shop I have ever been in.
Wendy tried to find her self a new hat.
Some well known trainers had horses at Keenland when we were there.
Wendy was more concerned about the pretty bird sitting on the fence.
After all this we were there for a dog trial.
This was the open field. A nice rolling field running on yearling ewes.
A small fenced field which proved to be the more challenging of the fields.
I had a great time at the Bluegrass and would defiantly go back.