Lowri - We went to herding trials this weekend. There was no network connection at the hotel (it was a really cheap hotel to save TM and MC some money). I thought TM would implode with no internet for two and a half days.
I did NOT get to herd! That is just so very wrong. I should always be allowed to herd at trials! TM said it was because I am pregnant. I hear that Miss Kathy told her not to. I COULD have trialed on ducks because I was just barely showing.
Anyway...Treasure didn't qualify on ducks either day. She just wasn't all that into it. She was happy and listened to TM, but she didn't try very hard to actually herd. TM and MC decided that she gave all of her ability to her brother, Kearney. He needed it so he could finish his HC before we lost him so early.
Dinah managed to complete her HT (Herding Tested) title. I say managed for two reasons. On Saturday, she didn't want to play. She sat in the middle of the arena and watched TM and the sheep. TM spent a LOT of time and energy getting her to work. She finally did and got her first leg. On Sunday, TM allowed her to watch the PT runs and Dinah got all excited. When it was finally her turn, she was ready to work! She did a VERY good job. She moved her stock, she "looked back" to the one that split off and then picked him up and brought him back. It was very nice.
I do have one thing to say though. Dinah allowed TM to get hurt and did NOT punish the sheep for doing it. It was that old freshman maneuver. One sheep crouched behind TM and another pushed her. TM went down hard and twisted a knee. Dinah just STOOD there! Then TM told her to stop while she assessed her injury and got up. The judge told TM stop to Dinah again and call her. Dinah qualified and got her HT title. I had some things to say to Dinah for allowing TM to get hurt. It would NOT have happened on MY watch.