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New Kennel Facility and a Busy Spring !
----WOW! It's been
a LONG time since I have updated this page and SOOO much has happened!
We are completely rebuilding our kennel facility. This has been in the
works for quite some time but it's finally coming together.
We are building 3 separate covered areas for them, we are done with 2 of
them and have the posts and frame up for the third. Today we are putting
trusses up, and tomorrow the ply wood goes on the top of it. Then Saturday
and Sunday we are putting shingles on all 3 of them and we will really
be done and able to enjoy them! The dogs already really like them. It seems
like it would be a rather simple project but I guess no building project
is simple and it's been completely time consuming! But fun at the
same time and nice to be at the point we are at. So between building that
and going to horse shows and agility trials it's been a busy spring!
of April I went to the first agility trial of the year and what a weekend
it was. It was the same clubs trial that was my very first trial EVER last
year so it was really fun coming back this year and already being
in excellent with Rhett. Rhett just shined he qualified and won
every class except one and that was my fault (I was so focused on
him making it over the triple jump and forgot how close the weave poles
were and ended up getting in his way for the entrance he just paused
for a minute for me to get out of his way but that pause was called
a fault and he didn't qualify because of that man was I mad at myself!
) BUT he qualified in all the other classes and also got 2 titles
so he is in Excellent Standard And Excellent Jumpers. I am so proud of
him :) We are both loving it and working as such a great team I
just about think where he should go and he does it awesome dog
awesome awesome dog!
-----It was Zeus's
debut and he did excellent as well qualifying and winning 3 out of 4 classes!
I don't have any first trial mishap stories to tell though
he was a very good boy and just got out there and did his job as
if he had been going to trials for months.
middle of May I went to the first horse show of the year over in
Lewistown, MT. TD had still been with the trainers in Billings so they
hauled him to the show for me and I showed him in both open and amature
halter and he won all 6 classes and was Grand Champion everyday as well.
Not bad for my first time showing him! I hauled him home from the show
and he has been here since. I have been riding him and even though he has
only had a few months of riding he is doing very well. The trainer he was
with in Billings is also an AQHA judge and he said there is no doubt he
will be able to get performance points and an AQHA Championship! YES!!
We are trying to get our buildings done soon and then I am going to take
him to a BIG show in Kalispell and try to pick up some more points. He
is the most amazing stallion to show it's easy to forget he is a
stallion and I would just walk up to people with horses and start talking
to them and he just stands there with just a regular halter and
rope not even a chain (this is almost unheard of with a 3 year old
I was standing outside the arena waiting for my class and someone came
out of the arena with a horse and TD nickered at it, just a little nicker,
a Hello, How are you and that was all. The lady with the horse
turned around and asked Is that a stud!...... I said yes. Well,
she was very impressed with him because the horse she has was a mare in
heat !!!! And all TD did was say a little hello!! I was impressed with
that as well. Here at home he NEVER whinnies to the horses the only
time he whinnies is to me when I walk in to see him he only talks
to me.....HA! Guess I feel special!!
beginning of June I went to another agility trial and both dogs qualified
and won a couple classes. Zeus got his first title in Novice Standard!!
It was at the softball complex in Bozeman and it rained every night we
were there so in the morning the grass was very wet and slippery. My dogs
or I never fell but a lot of peoples dogs did. When the footing is slippery
I just take my time and make the dogs go slower it's not worth pushing
it and having anyone get hurt. I know they will give me 100% and push as
hard as I ask so if there is anything that is not quite right I
ask them to back off a bit. They know and they both did very well
considering the conditions. Friday night after the trial was over we went
to a sprint car race it was the first one I had ever been to......
it was interesting loud but interesting. Dogs aren't supposed
to be in there but there was NO way I was leaving them anywhere
they go where I go. Period. So we went over to the pit entrance
and Andy and his friends know people in there and they told them I would
keep the dogs on lead. Anyway after a bit of talk we got in with them.
They didn't really seem bothered by any of it, even though it was very
loud they both watched the race for awhile then fell asleep at my
feet. Finally, the races were almost over and I was getting cold and Brooke
(my friend came to visit and was there with us) was getting tired so I
told Andy I was heading back to the truck. Brooke and I were alone but
with 2 German Shepherds I wasn't worried! It was dark and we had to walk
along the top of a hill you couldn't see off the side of it. Rhett
kept pulling to get between Brooke and me and the side of the hill. I couldn't
see anything and couldn't figure out why he kept pulling me. Pretty soon
I heard a guy talking on the side of the hill just down from us...... and
boy was I glad to have those 2 dogs! Rhett knew he was there way before
I did and was insistent on getting between us. The guy was probably drunk
but in any case I didn't care to stick around and see. We kept going
and got in the truck. We finally got back to the trailer at about 12:30
I fed the dogs and went to bed! I had to get up at 6:30 and that
was going to come way to soon! It rained a lot that night and I love the
sound of rain on the trailer, it's so peaceful.
think those are the main highlights of the spring.
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