The photographer just posted these two pictures of Jazz from the CPE trial in Slippery Rock a few weeks ago, and I thought I'd share. This trial was held in a horse arena, and this is the first time that either Tess or Jazz has run on a surface like this. Our spotty friends in Florida seem to run most often in these conditions, but up here in PA, we're used to running indoors on artificial turf or a rubber matting. Running in a horse arena on a dirt floor with horsey scents and birds chirping in the rafters was a challenge for us! Despite that, Jazz did very well. She qualified with first place in Full House, qualified with first place in Colors, and qualified with second place in Standard. She also had a non-qualifying first place in Standard and a non-qualifying second place in Jumpers, where Jazz ran with her favorite Aunt Mariann! This was Jazz's first CPE trial and only the second time overall that she's run in a trial, so I'm very pleased that she qualified in three out of five runs.
Tess also had a good weekend, qualifying in six out of eight runs. We're taking most of the month of July off from agility, as there are too many things that need done at home! Tess will run in her first USDAA Versatility Pairs tournament at the end of July, and both Tess and Jazz will be back in the CPE ring in early August.