Another barn hunt weekend is in the books, but was it a bust? It was Olivia’s first competition ever, and for me, it is just more masters runs. What makes a weekend a success, the ribbons, titles, or what?
On the hour and a half drive to the trial, Mom was listening to an expert talk about kids and sports. Early in the morning on weekends, radio is always a bit different. We have had problems with Bailie not being interested in her sports anymore, and Mom worries it might happen to me and Olivia too. The radio lady said that many kids are already quitting all sports before they turn thirteen. Why? Because of pressure from the parents to be the best, bring home ribbons, and wins. For many kids, that takes the fun out of sports completely.
Mom got to thinking about it and realized that being super competitive, she pretty much does that to us. It’s always about getting those titles. Fun should just happen by getting the titles. Recently when I had my amazing element trial, and last week at the AKC trial, things were different. Mom was more relaxed and was having lots of fun with us. It made a difference because we too had more fun, and did well. A lot of people might find this obvious, but for super competitive people, it is a hard concept to accept and work with.
After listening to the woman and thinking it all over, Mom tried to not worry about passing our searches, just having fun. Guess what, it worked really well. I was so crazy about hunting and finding my rats! I actually got stuck upside down, back legs in the air, between some bales, trying to get to a tube! Olivia also had a blast running all over the novice ring, checking things out. For her is it all new – a new place, new feeling, lots to discover.
What did we learn? It was a blast, but I refuse to tunnel, which has been a problem for a while now. Olivia is starting to tunnel, but she needs to focus more on finding the rats. We are renting the ring to practice before our next trial. Of course, Mom is bummed we didn’t get any Q’s, but she feels we are on the way, and is looking forward to Bailie’s nose work trials next weekend focusing on fun. Mom may enter her in a novice barn hunt run just to see if she might start to have fun hunting again.
So, what do we have from the trial weekend. Lots of fun photos from Saturday, when the weather was gorgeous! Sunday was cold and raining, so no photos. We found this wheelbarrow to transport our ribbons in, but then we didn’t have any, so we got in instead!
They added a lot of art to the fairgrounds since we were there in April. I like this barn door with the small decorative squares.
For anyone wondering, “Where’s the beef?” Olivia found it…such a food hound!
Now we will regroup, and try hunting rats again in two weeks.
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