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trialing after a hiatus

Jumpers was rocky but we got it done, a fourth place Q. I didn't have time to get out of my boots and I've never run on that dirt/rubber mix surface, so I was behind and on the last couple of jumps resorted to verbal directionals which she did perfectly without question. There were a number of off courses after the fourth jump but we held the course.

Snooker went as planned and was a Super Q. Our FIRST Super Q. She's a good snooker dog.

And maybe to anyone watching Standard might have looked like a total crash and burn, BUT there were things to celebrate: she held her start line stay even though she was nervous about the dog still leaving the ring, she responded beautifully to a jaako turn on a jump after the AF that I was hoping would keep her from launching over in extension and it worked perfectly and she actually--this has been our HUGE problem keeping us from Q-ing over and over--she GAVE ME A NICE DOWN ON THE TABLE!! And her weave poles were AWESOME fast--as they were also in snooker...
so, the crash and burning part? I know what I did to send her off course at #8---its what I wanted to work on with Soshana in our private lesson---a reverse twist that turned her the wrong way back around the jump after landing, I stepped laterally so she thought rear cross and then I lost her momentarily and she took the off course jump right in front of her instead of turning left and getting on the DW, so then she froze and it looked like, realizing I had said walk-it, she couldn't figure out how to get to the DW over a tunnel and leapt on, I think she missed the contact completely getting on... so that frazzled me and I was disconnected for the next few obstacles, no support and she bailed off the teeter, chute was fine, weaves like I said were smokin and the last zigzag jumps were perfect.

But, we got our first Super Q today---yay!!!!


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Mar. 15th, 2014 08:39 pm (UTC)
It sounds like a wonderful day! Congratulations on the Super Q. I've forgotten what that means. I'll have to look it up.
Mar. 15th, 2014 11:42 pm (UTC)
I found it somewhere else too, but he's super clear.
Mar. 15th, 2014 09:32 pm (UTC)
Hey! that's super!!
Mar. 15th, 2014 11:15 pm (UTC)
Heh heh
Mar. 15th, 2014 11:05 pm (UTC)
Savor the joy of that first Super Q. All Super Qs are special but the first one is super special!
Mar. 15th, 2014 11:15 pm (UTC)
Yes! Thank you!
Mar. 15th, 2014 11:21 pm (UTC)
Congrats! Hey I got my first ever Super Q today too.
Mar. 15th, 2014 11:22 pm (UTC)
Yay for you too!!! We are twins
Mar. 16th, 2014 03:12 am (UTC)
Congratulations! That's a great accomplishment.
Mar. 16th, 2014 05:38 am (UTC)
Super Q and down on the table, awesome!
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