This weekend marked Marge's return to the agility ring after a nearly 5-month hiatus from trialing and a 6-week break from heavy agility training (due to my surgery). It seemed like we were destined for a rough weekend, especially considering that Marge has not seen a contact obstacle since November. Seems Marge had other plans!
Standard was up first on Saturday. The course was tricky, with a weave pole entrance that everyone thought was very challenging. The rest of the course had wonderful flow. Marge ran the course beautifully, but missed the weave pole entrance. I was originally going to pull her out of the poles and have her re-start them, but because she was so determined and moving so quickly, I decided that it wasn't worth it to risk demotivating her for a run that would have been an NQ either way.
I think I should have slowed down more and perhaps shaped the weave pole entrance as you would shape a rear cross. I think our fault here just came down to lack of experience with this type of challenging entry.
We did have a successful Jumpers run and scored 9 points. This was Marge's 15th Masters Jumpers leg. I really liked this run, particularly the cross behind the weave poles. It's such a cool skill to show off :)