Yesterday Carmie ran in Tunnelers and Chances. She finished her Outstanding Novice Tunnelers title and nailed her weaves in Chances. Hooray!
This morning she finished her Novice Touch n Go title with a very sweet run. I am very proud of her as we really struggle with discrimination issues. Second run was Jumpers and I ended up pulling her half-way through. The course took a turn into the sun and she stopped dead and was distracted and disoriented.
She Q'd in Tunnelers and we missed the distance challenge in Chances. I feel like I cue'd her late for the weave poles and she missed the first pole. I do think it was a combination of the sun being in her eyes and my cuing her late - as a result I opted not to try and "fix" it. Chances was the last run of the day - it was REALLY hot, Carmie was tired, and the sun was blazing. I felt like she was exhibiting a bit of anxiety and decided it was more important for us to end on an up note than with stress.
We have been having really super tunnelers runs. This is funny because I don't really care for Tunnelers!
Although I truly feel it was a good weekend, I am sad about Carmie's eye sight. Carmie is really struggling with the bright sun. I am dreading when she can't run anymore. However I feel confident we still have time - particularly if I seek out indoor trials with good lighting. (This means we will most likely be doing more CPE.) I will just have to play the outdoor trials by ear.
6 days ago