We started with Open Fast - the send bonus was tricky, but definitely doable. Unfortunately Peyton didn't stop on his A-Frame contact so I didn't get any forward momentum and for some unknown reason I kept trying to send him out to the first jump using no motion. I don't train for distance, and I also don't train any "go-out" verbals, so don't ask me why I would ask him to do it in a trial. Silly handler! After three attempts the buzzer when off and as we headed for the exit I lost my footing and fell right into the dirt. Ouch! Peyton was very cute though and immediately came over to me with the funniest expression on his face. "Um whatcha' doin' on the ground mom?" I've always joked that if I fell, Peyton would probably keep on going so it was nice that he came and checked on me. :)
I'm fine, just a little sore (and I'm sure I'll feel it tomorrow) - and yes, my friend got it on video and was even kind enough to zoom in.
Next was Open JWW and we had one of the nicest smoothest runs we've had in a long time, but unfortunately had one bar down. Darn! Despite the bar, I was thrilled with this run.
Finally we had Excellent Standard and I lost Peyton at the start to a straight line of jumps. Then I kept forgetting to tell him what to do, so this run was a little comical. He did keep coming back to me, which is a good thing, but I really need to give better directions. He did get very frustrated on the table and bailed early - just didn't want to keep his elbows down...I kept saying "down" and he was like "I am down!" - at least the ending was nice.
So I'm thinking maybe if I start falling at the start line, maybe Peyton won't get so far ahead? :)