This afternoon Denali and I got our first Rally Excellent leg at a small, local specialty trial for herding breeds only. It was great to see so many of the herders together. It was a really small trial. We had only one other dog in the Ex-A class with us, a gorgeous rough-coat collie. Gotta love those placement odds!
Denali snagged the big blue ribbon with a score of 93.
Still some work to do on the three steps back, but we knew that going in. She was the only corgi in the entire group of rally entries - but one of a number of beautiful black and white dogs!
There were some facility-related challenges on this one. It was in a very small building, so the ring and judge's table occupied the entire interior space. That meant that the dogs had no opportunity to see the space until it was time for them to perform in the ring. It is also a dance studio...so we had full-length mirrors on three walls. The lack of ability to acclimate to the space, and the mirrors, kind of freaked some of the dogs and several had to be excused as a result, while others showed a distinct lack of concentration.
But when you have short legs, you're not quite tall enough to see yourself in the mirrors, which started at about 18" off the floor (yeah for 5" legs!). Walking right into a new room and being expected to jump right into the course was a little disorienting for a curious girl like Denali. Consequently, we lost a few "out of position" points because she was trying to look around as she negotiated the course.
But over all, she did really well and conquered the formerly-scary high jump without hesitation. Once again, I was very proud of my gorgeous girl!
Hopefully we'll be able to party with Cappy, his parents, Denise and Trenton, and Alden, Fig and Watson in Vallejo on March 25 when we try for our second RE leg!