We had near record breaking heat with temps. in the mid 80's for this weekend's USDAA trial. I wasn't expecting too much because both dogs can get stressy & shut down in the heat, esp. Cody, and it's too early for such heat so they're not even properly acclimated. But they both ran great despite the weather, no Q's somehow but some really nice runs nonetheless and no motivational issues whatsoever. Someone from my training field even commented about how nice & smooth Cody was running and how he didn't seem stressed at all (and she's seen him shut down in the heat before). His contacts were awful for Gamblers, which was the first run, so I kept making him redo them until he settled down. The rest of the trial he was about 50/50. He's got such nice contacts at practice, I can leave him and run the other way across the field and he'll stop and wait to be released. Wish we had more fun matches, it's the only thing that seems to work. The only other issue we had was the weaves. Cody missed just about every entry and they were all pretty easy. I suspect something may be up with his back, I'll have to make time to have it checked out.
Lola's return to trialing went well. She was happy & focused. She missed a contact or two and was having weave issues as well but I've barely done any weaving with her as I wanted to add that back gradually. She got half of a pretty hard gamble and did well in standard on Sat. On Sun. standard run she had a barking fit on the table and refused to lie down and we'd already had a fault so once she finally did lay down I took her out of the ring to reward her for finally going down. Again, without many fun matches there's not much else I can do about the table. She runs across the field to get to the table at practice these days I've been working it so much. Both she & Cody had great snooker runs but missed the weaves at #6 in the closing. It was a weird snooker course and I was thrilled to even make it to the closing since we had to run past lots of obstacles to get to the final red & closing. It was my favorite class of the whole trial. Snooker's such fun when it all goes according to plan.
No Q's in the tourney events, Lo had an off course in the Grand Prix because she was running so fast I ended up too far behind for the move I had planned. Can't remember exactly where Cody's run went wrong but I'm pretty sure it was fine up until the weaves. His Speed Jumping run was a complete comedy right from the start and I didn't enter Lola. No Jumpers for Lola either which was a shame because she would have liked the course but Cody had an awesome run. I caused a knocked bar at the very start but other than that it was a kick in the pants run on a nice wide open (for USDAA) course.
Lots of nice courses this weekend but not a lot of Q's in general for the trial (masters had only 4 Q's total and Perf. had 1 in Sat. Standard). Cody took first place with 5 faults (stupid dogwalk contact) in a relatively large Standard class. One other interesting statistic-Perf. Speed Jumping had faster qualifying times than Championship Steeplechase for all jump heights. Only 3 Q's went out in my jump height and they were blazing fast. I doubt we'd have Q'ed even if we had run clean.
I had an unplanned day of rest after the trial yesterday as I came down with some nasty food poisoning on Monday morning and had to leave work sharpish. I'm not sure how I made it home without having to pull over but somehow I managed, just. After about 4-5 hours of misery I suddenly felt o.k. A bit of queasiness when I woke up this morning but lunch went down just fine and I think I'll try to go to masters tonight. One more USDAA trial next weekend then nothing until July 4th weekend. Well, no trials anyway, I have a triathlon and a trip to Chicago coming up so I'll still be busy.