I’m really late in posting this writeup! Almost a month ago, Risa and I competed in freestyle again. I made this decision in June. We really love dancing and we tend to trial more in rally than freestyle. When I found a trial location close to home, I signed us up and we went.
Unfortunately, due to moving, I didn’t have the time to practice with Risa that I would have liked. We really hadn’t performed the entire routine in months. While I had done a couple demos with her, it wasn’t quite the same. We were not prepared.
Despite our lack of preparedness, we still did really well. Risa missed a ton of cues in the routine but we hid the mistakes well. Somehow, we managed to walk away with the highest scores we’ve ever received on Saturday! We took first place and also earned the final leg for our Intermediate title. Ris was also on her best behavior considering she’d never been to this location before. I even had her out during the day, off leash, and she was calm and confident. She even allowed a Golden to walk right by her as she lay on the ground (I was holding her muzzle as a precaution but I didn’t need to).
I moved us up into Advanced for Sunday’s performance knowing full well our Intermediate routine was probably not good enough to earn a leg at that level. I was right. While Risa hit her marks better on Sunday, the routine just didn’t have what it takes to earn an Advanced leg. Our scores were still good but not good enough to qualify. That’s okay, though. We got some really good advice from the judge on how to design a quality Advanced-level routine so all was not lost. While we didn’t earn a qualifying ribbon or a placement on Sunday, we did take home two trophies for high artistic score and high technical merit for the weekend. I was shocked. We were competing against some seasoned veterans and we were the ones going home with the trophies. What an honor!!
Now it’s time to try for our Championship. 🙂