I return (half) victorious!
Jackpot Level 1 - NQ for a blown A-frame contact in the gamble. (I front crossed too soon and did not remind her to TOUCH!) She was also a bit erratic and sniffy, but still working with me.
Standard Level 2 - Q! I did not expect to Q here, it was our first Level 2 run in Standard and the weaves and teeter were both there. Only 5 faults for a knocked bar.
Colors Level 2 - NQ. Straight line of four jumps to the back of the ring. She went around every. single. one. I had to baby her over that line and it was SO unlike her to be that way, and then she took an off course tunnel. I got flustered and sent her to the wrong jump. There was much lamenting. (I *think* that she was warm from being in the car before this run. The hatch and windows were open and she was shaded, but I still think it was warm and she was groggy. I moved her crate into the building after that.)
Snooker Level 1 - NQ. This was a HARD course and we NQ'd on our third jump because of Molly back jumping it. I was trying to wrap her around a red jump but I stepped in too soon and pushed her back over the jump. More lamenting. Why do I suck so much?
Jumpers Level 1 - Q with 0 faults! Third time's the charm! (sigh.) This was a gorgeous run for Molly, we ran so smooth and pretty. I wish that I had had this one video'd. That earned us our Level 1 Fun Title. YAY!
So, it was not a perfect day, but still a day to be proud of. I am SO frustrated with my handler errors, I drive myself crazy! I say that my brain seriously goes right into TV static when I enter the ring. If anything goes wrong, I get so flustered and I have a hard time recovering. Working on that.
But when I look back at our first trial, we have really come so far in only a few months. To have a clean and beautiful Jumpers run today meant a lot to me. To qualify our FIRST time in Level 2 with only 5 faults also meant a lot to me. And to know the REASON for all of our NQ's - how my handling caused Molly to do something undesirable - that also means a lot to me.
We are getting somewhere. Molly is at last gaining the control and focus to work with me in the ring - it is time for me to learn how to handle her and TRUST her, instead of locking up mentally with worry that she will do something erratic.
|Title Schmitle. I'm tired.|