Kate and I have returned from our trip to Virginia, where we competed in the Sheepdog National Championships (Nursery category, dogs 3 years old and under). Unfortunately, our run didn’t go as planned. We couldn’t get the sheep to move. The sheep were being stubborn and Kate and I have never encountered that, before. So, we gave it our best, but we were eventually disqualified for “lack of progress.” I was very proud of Kate, though; because she wouldn’t give up and she was really thinking “outside the box” trying everything from jumping up and down to running all around crazy. She didn’t get to show everyone her skills, but she showed everyone her heart.
Oh well…it was a great experience, and we far exceeded any of our expectations just by making it to the finals. Next year we’ll be in Nursery, again, and we’ll have a lot more experience under our belt; and the finals will be in Colorado on a field we’ve already competed on…so, our journey to make it to next year’s finals begins now.
Four of us came from Utah, to compete at the Finals. Here’s all the Utah dogs having one last play break before the Finals begin. Kate is in the center, in the deeper water. Cowpasture River, Millboro, VA
Belle Grove Plantation is located in Middletown, VA. They put up a banner welcoming the Finals
This is Kate’s grandfather, Riggs (who won the National Finals in 2010, the last time they were held in VA), competing on the Open field. Rural Virginia is very scenic
Kate hanging out in the grass, moments before our turn to compete
Here’s the entry gate for the Nursery Finals field. It was pretty cool to walk onto the field for our first National Finals
My friend Diane and her dog Tess (Kate’s cousin), did great and placed 15th overall. Here they are penning the sheep on their first run
Kate’s first National Finals. Hopefully this can be an annual tradition for us
Here we are posing for one last picture in the rain. We had a great time and learned a lot