Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Dordale summer show

Hurrah, once this post is complete I am up to date with the blog!

I love Dordale's two shows. There is one in the spring and then the late summer one. I was very happy when it was announced that they were changing the venue to Top Barn Farm as I love it there. There are beautiful panoramic views from the site.

Jan had saved us a lovely camping spot right on the fence and just one row from the rings. It was very windy when we arrived so we decided not to attempt putting up the Fiamma awning and instead just had a little windbreak garden. It was very nice. We took the t.v. along so that we could watch X-Factor on Saturday evening. I know I said I wouldn't watch it but I am hooked (and so is Andy but don't tell anyone!) It's because Strictly hasn't started yet so I had nothing to watch on a Saturday evening, that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it.

On the agility front we both had a fantastic time. Kizzy won all three of her classes on the Saturday: two agility classes and a jumping class. What a good little sheltie she was. She was feeling rather tired on Sunday and only managed a 3rd place but I don't think Andy was too worried!

Naughty Niamh won her third grade 6 agility so just one more to go. We almost did it on the Sunday with a rather scrappy jumping round but were rightly pipped at last knockings by a better round. It was quite a tricky course and I didn't think I had a hope of getting round it. I made several mistakes but each time managed to recover, thanks to my wonderful dog, and ended up with a clear which went into first place. We weren't beaten by much so of course I wished I had worked harder and gone in with more belief. I have big problems getting focused for jumping classes which is very silly as Niamh's last win can be anything as her three wins are all agility. We also achieved 3rd place in a fast circular jumping class which was very unexpected. This year we have had nine second places and three wins so I am now starting to believe we can get to G7! Must keep focused!

This weekend we're off to Letchworth and on Sunday on to the pairs final at Stoneleigh where we'll be running with Leah and Herbie.


  1. Well done on your latest win with Niamh. I am sure it won't be long to the last one and it'll happen when you least expect it Hx

  2. Congratulations on your win with Niamh, what a consistent summer you've been having, fingers crossed for number 4! :)

  3. Blimey, you and N-N are certainly pulling the stops out. Fab and well done. And of course to the perfect Kizzy x