This could be the start of a favorable year for agility!
After winter break, my handling had gotten so rusty, however Tripp was just as good as where we left off. A refresher course brought me somewhat up to speed, and I prepared for upcoming trials. Last year qualifying scores eluded us in most agility venues, and I hoped this year we'd finally start making points towards titles.
We entered a USDAA trial on Mother's Day to start off the new season. Standard agility and Gamblers were our only classes for the day. I am still flying high, as we Qed in both classes, and got 1st place (out of 2 dogs in our height division). Ironically, Tripp was not 100% focused to start, and could've had a nicer run, but he managed to not do anything that counted as a fault, so we squeaked out our first Q. I was very proud of him for staying on the table, as well as doing so well on some tricky obstacles he hasn't seen since last year.
Then in Gamblers he was more focused, though did take a detour towards the A-frame (which actually would've been better bonus points, but oh well - I should listen to him more out there, LOL)... that messed with my timing some and when the buzzer sounded to do the gamble we weren't quite where we should've been. That is our usual struggle which makes us just barely time out before the finish line. I pushed him on to go fast, and unbelievably we made it through in time! I was, and still am, just ecstatic. :-)
We're on a roll... here's hoping we stay there!