I know you've all been waiting on pins and needles, wondering what Hope's score was for his run at the Big One. Sorry to have left you hanging. We got a whopping 26 for that run, which put us in good company - as in - exactly in the middle of the pack.
Kate had a decent run in Open Ranch. She still had issues with horses at set out, but I managed to whistle her around them. I managed to screw up our chance to pen - these sheep are a lot more concerned about humans than what I'm used to - my bad. She wound up finishing a respectable 9th. Not a bad start to her season.
After watching Louanne run Meg (as well as a few others) in the infernal wind at Slash J, any hopes that the new field would be easier were dashed. If anything, it seemed a little tougher - hard to imagine.
Hope ran the next morning and did a good job of picking up his sheep and marching them down the field. Unfortunately just past the drive panels the hearing was quite bad and I decided to retire while Hope chose to drive the sheep far far away. After watching the rest of the day's runs, maybe I should have stuck it out as it turned out that getting your sheep to your feet and around the post without taking out the spectators usually meant you were in the top half.
Today we woke up bright and early so that I could run Kate at 6:00 am - first dog up. Kate chose to lose her sheep back to set out - sure glad I got up early... She runs again this afternoon. Hope she learned something this morning.
The infernal wind has died down. Looks like it will be replaced by infernal heat. God I love this sport.