I am back in the novice competition class on Wednesday nights - remember I was taking that class last spring and then stopped so that I could take the handling class outside in the summer? Well I love being back in the training building! Last week and this week we had really good classes! Mom brought the meatballs and I was super enthusiastic. We think having our own dogwalk is helping me with the real dogwalk at class. And last night I even did the weaves fast for me - you know I am used to the stick-in-the-ground poles I have at home and the regular poles slow me down some. So far the sequences have seemed very easy to mom and me - we must've learned a lot over the summer. It makes mom much more confident in her handling and then that makes me confident and faster too. She even ran all the way around the outside of some jumps last night - long path for her and unconventional handling - but it really motivated me and the instructor was cheering us on!
We were going to do a trial this weekend at the horse barn, but the issue about the sandy surface has not been resolved yet and the trial was moved to a place about an hour and a half away. Mom decided we're not ready to travel that far yet (spoiled as we are by trials 20 minutes away!). Our next trial day is Sept.25 - here in town at a sports barn - sort of artificial grass I think. That will be a completely different experience for me - hope my new found confidence transfers to that new place!