December 12, 2013:
Just a very quick blog this week...
Kelvin and I both competed in the South Wales Nursery Final last weekend with 15 month old sisters, Chloe and Mia. Kelvin and Mia drew an absolutely horrible 'run ending' ewe who was nasty right from the get go. After a fantastic outrun, they creditablly made it to the pen but timed out there, finishing in 16th place overall and first reserve for the All Wales Nursery Final this coming weekend. Needless to say, Kelvin is very disappointed with this result. Cruelly, it was me who knocked him into the reserve position on the last run of the day. I know how that feels!
Chloe made an uncharacteristic error on her outrun that almost saw her cross underneath the sheep. Thankfully we averted total disaster, but mini-disaster it was. After that start, we just kept fighting for every point still left on the judges' scorecard and from there we lost only 5 points until we got to the pen! Chloe was outstanding on the course. I could hardly believe it. An easy, quick and clean shed saw us off to the pen. We took one scenic tour of the pen before stuffing the sheep in it and shutting the gate (losing another 5 points there). I was thrilled with her....not thrilled with that outrun, but I'll chalk that one up to inexperience at the moment. Chloe ended up 7th overall (out of 35). Really looking forward to the Welsh Nursery final this weekend to see how my wee gal fares there. I have resisted the urge to 'train' her this week, other than do what we always do...work and play as usual. I am mindful of her age!!