Today we had Gamblers, Standard, and Steeplechase Round 1. I didn't enter Pairs.
Kiba had Masters Gamblers first, and she ran perfectly, gambled perfectly (a weird send/wrap/send gamble), and won the class. Seri had Advanced Gamblers next, and she had the same gamble but closer to the line, and she was also fantastic and got the gamble - which is her Advanced Gamble title, putting in Masters for that class! Wow! After that we had Starters Standard, and she broke her stay and knocked the first bar but after that was just brilliant. Steeplechase was next, and Kiba was excellent, running clean and taking first place by .4 of a second over the next dog (her cousin!). Seri was very good as well, although she ran past a tunnel entry and then missed her weave entry, but was clean other than that so still made the qualification cutoff and got her very first Steeplechase Q! Last was Masters Standard for Kiba, a somewhat tricky course, and she aced it for her 3rd Q of the day, and probably a third 1st place as well, although they weren't done yet when I left.
Kiba is on a streak of 10 consecutive clean runs - I include the gamblers runs (2 of them) because she didn't just Q, she was also totally clean on the course I chose for her - no bars, contacts, etc. That's astounding to me. I don't think Drifter's ever had more than 4 or 5 clean runs in a row, and not very often. I'm starting to think I may leave him down at 22" next year. Seri is already looking great (at 26"), and Kiba is totally ready for Nationals and IFCS, so maybe I should just keep him as my crazy 22" National-level weapon and just forget International events with him. Not sure if that's what I'll do or not, but I am entertaining the thought. I still might take him to FCI Tryouts in May (if he happened to make that team I would certainly work on 26 then!), but if he doesn't make it I may just back him off and let him do 22". We'll see. I've got about 6 weeks to figure out what height i want to qualify him at for Tournaments.
He looks good today, too. I stretched, lasered, and walked. Today he looked pretty sound trotting so I let him have some free play in the flexi lead and he got some faster walking and easy trotting in.