Ribbon did a fantastic job tonight at the match. I had a plan in my head for each exercise and we managed to pull it all off. She was relaxed, interested and animated. ALL good things. I did use food and the first go out I used a target and did it half of the distance. Although from her reaction I don't really think she needed the help. Her signals were BEAUTIFUL!! It felt really good to heel with her around the ring. I think I did a nice job of handling her. I remembered to keep my knees together and stand up tall during all of the heeling. It felt smooth and Ribbon and I felt very much in sync.
I am so excited for Sunday. Swansea is one of my favourite trials of the year. The club works very hard to make the trial fun. They always have a good judging panel and the ring stewards are fantastic! They have lots of things like a spot prize. They use a card that you find on your kennel or your chair that says you have won a prize. When you go to the prize table they ask you to put the card on someone else's kennel. I usually try to pick someone in Novice A. They also have poop raffle and the "woulda, shoulda" award. If you NQ in a trial, you get a ticket and there is a draw from all the other people that have suffered the same fate. Takes some of the sting out of it!
Wish me luck