Hm, I did it, I entered Gláma in a trial that will be held tomorrow...
I kinda had given up on her trialing career We trialed only once, and won a cup for being third of a three entry class... our run was less than stellar (read a train wreck), here is the story http://www.bordercol...showtopic=34746
I intended just to be a spectator, and phoned the organizer to find out what time the event starts, and he asked me if I would compete (he remembered me from that first trial).
I explained why I did not intend to run, but he convinced me to to give it a go anyway. His strongest argument is that most of his sheep are well dogged, and I believe him, he belongs to the best handlers here in Iceland.
On the negative side I think my dog still has the same weak points, lack of self confidence in the face of "difficult sheep", especially working at a distance from the handler.
On the positive side there is some improvement since then and of course a lot more working experience now.
Also the weather forecast is good (that first trial was under stormy snowy conditions), They predict cold, bright hardly any wind. I have seen this trial field, there is no chance of loosing sight of the dog or sheep.
So as ever the scariest moment of the run will be the meeting of the sheep at the top of the outrun. When she manages to lift them and start the fetch without too much trouble I think ( read hope) we have a good chance of clearing the course.
If not, and trouble starts right away, with sheep that see through her act, and decide to fight her, I think the best course of action Will be resigning, and go and help her get the sheep off the course. I intend not to waste to much time before taking that decision.
We will go in rather unprepared, I have not been doing any training last couple of weeks, but she has been working a lot in the roundup, during August and September.
The trial starts at about 13.00 tomorrow Saturday the 21. november.
Wish us luck and any tips or advice are welcome.