Nerves were certainly present but Dorset turned out to be a lovely friendly club, so as the day went on the nerves got better, thankfully.
Novice started and once again Jay Jay flew out for the blind but came back without it, handler's error :( Both she and I are jaded from the Mid sussex working test, where my nerves were so bad I pulled her up.
My lip even quivered when I was keeping Jay Jay in a sit whilst other dog went for their blind.
BUT we did well enough in all other parts of the working test to get a certificate of Merit :))
Open started, and all the big boys came out. One of the people was the gamekeeper from Conholt Estate where they held the championships and he was running a dog breed and trained by David Lisett, beautiful bitch that went on to win :))
Jay Jay and I pulled ourselves together, we took our place and I tried to remember all kindly advice given me to me. Jay Jay flew out for the blind, caught the scent, picked it up and came back yipeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.
Even though the big boys and Ladies where there we still got another Merit :)))
Most of all we came away with a boost that was needed knowing that the girl is still not performing how she does when working on game and at home, through my nerves and error in handling at working tests.
So plenty to work on :))