We had it all at this trial today - sun, rain, wind (that blew over my EZ-Up, luckily no damage) a bunch of great people and mostly great dogs.
Quigley was very sniffy today, so in the coming weeks we'll work on a refresher course of "no sniffing in the ring". Scores weren't high, as in addition to tougher UKC scoring (compared to AKC) the judge is also known to have a sharp pencil.
Nonetheless, we did well, getting placements in all 4 runs.
A major deduction in our first run of the day (trial 1, level 2) was solely my fault, doing a figure 8 around the two wrong bowls. This is not the first time I've done this, and I wish UKC would use 2 cones and 2 bowls like AKC for this. On the other hand, we had a beautilful backup 3 steps in level 3. Ever since Quigley learned to do this properly, I always wish it appears on the course.
Long story short, Trial 1: 4th place in Level 2 and 2nd place in Level 3. Trial 2: 2nd place in level 2 and 3rd place in Level 3. Also URX legs #11 and #12 (this is UKC's RAE equivalent)!
Sad: looks like this might be our last UKC trial for 2011.
The club in Santa Maria will not have theirs in September this year as they couldn't find anyone to volunteer as a trial chair.