Tonight Tessa and I are going to Westminster for the March CPE trial. This marks the one year anniversary of Tessa's first CPE trial.
What a difference a year makes! A year ago I still had no confidence whatsoever in Tessa's Agility skills. I didn't know how she was going to be in the big sports arena at Westminster. It was my first CPE trial since losing Maddie and I was missing her so badly. It was just a tough night all around. Tessa had fun that night and we had a very good first CPE experience, but I walked away from that trial disheartened, even though I was proud of Tessa for doing her best.
Now we are an experienced team - at least a little! We have all of Level 1 under our belts, and almost half of Level 2! We've Q'ed, NQ'ed, and run and run and grown as a team.
Tonight I mean to take some risks. We are running Snooker and Fullhouse. Now that we are in Level 3 Fullhouse, we are going to have to work a little harder for the points. We either need to pick up our speed, or I am going to have to strategize to get in more of the higher scoring pieces of equipment. And Snooker with Tessa is always a challenge. We only have one Snooker Q out of four tries, and that was Level 1. But I have more confidence in Tessa's ability in Snooker now. I think I can plan our run better. I think that in both games, I am going to have to plan to take some chances. Chances that could pay off with big success, or that could backfire entirely! But I feel like I'm at a point where I'm willing to do that. Where I think it will be fun to do that. I want to see what Tessa can do if I push the envelope a little. We do this in class and 8 times out of 10, she is successful.
Regardless of the results tonight, I know I will enjoy the night with my girl. This will be her third trial at Westminster. We had a ton of success there in August.
Last year I had to make myself look forward to this trial. This year, I don't even have to try!!