If I remember I'll try to post the course map for Steeplechase (there were none for Adv. Standard...which is sort of annoying since they didn't have any at the last trial either) if I remember.
It was also a tough trial because we only had the dogs entered in a couple things, but we didn't want to get their too late. There was no masters (due to the rule regarding size of ring, they can't hold it indoors at this venue) but there was only one ring so it went really slowly.
First up was Lexi and Advanced Standard. I'm one that loves to agonize over the course maps, so I felt a little off when I just had to walk the course to see the numbers. It was probably the toughest Adv. Standard course I've seen. That is not an excuse--they are definitely skills Lexi should have! She just doesn't :) At one point there was a 3-way discrimination between an a-frame, a jump, and the teeter. I made eye contact, but dropped too soon and she took the a-frame. The second time we came around she didn't take the teeter. But other than that, I saw some really nice stuff! No insanely wide turns, and she was one of the few dogs that got into the correct end of the yellow tunnel. Oh, and how about that weave entry?!?! We've been working on them, and I was so proud! (I should note that no dogs Qd on this course).
Next up was Jonathan running Lexi in Steeplechase. Again, I feel like steeplechase courses are getting more technical, but Lexi was up to the challenge! Just one mistake at the end (darn those tunnels!) I think that if she had been on grass she wouldn't have gone out so wide coming over the jump at the end and would have made the turn. The same I think is true for the weave entry. I saw a lot of dogs miss that entry or not be able to hold onto it coming around that turn.
And lastly was Bentley's steeplechase run. I wasn't sure what to expect since he hasn't run in over 3 months! But, he ran pretty well. I was a little disappointed that I didn't get at least one 2o2o, but his contacts were much better. The second time he even slowed down coming down, just couldn't quite figure out the correct position. Definitely more work to do, but at least he is aware that there is something he should be doing there! :) And he took that off course because I accelerated over the broad. He has a tendency to nick the broad (or tumble over it!) so I wanted to push him over, and I pushed him too far. Darn!