My girl thanks you for the compliment Karen. My second day was a "Kill the Handler Now" kind of a day, I made the stupidest mistakes. My run with the boy netted a NQ, he did all of the elements and lost some points because he was veering towards where Arriba was and accrued some tight leash penalties and an out of position sit BUT I lost us ten points by incorrectly performing a station. The kicker was that my husband took the time to come find me to tell me when I was doing a warm up that the judge had told everyone he wanted a straight entry into the straight figure 8 weave twice when I wasn't there and I waved him off and didn't listen because I was concentrating and he was bugging me. I did it wrong and didn't even realize I had until I got the the score sheet and was confused with the NQ. Was then that my husband reminded me that he had tried to tell me...Dave will love that, men like to stick together.
The girl was super good except for a not too straight sit but I messed up again. I was so happy with her and got ahead of myself thinking about the problem I caused with the boy that...can't believe I did it but I was supposed to do a spiral right dog outside and I started the pattern for the weave and had already stepped a foot into the weave pattern and realized it but it was too late to try and fix it. Lost 3 points again on a redo but the good news is she did get a qualifying score of 87...dammit she/we would have had a 90.
It was still fun and some good lessons learned even though I did have to admit to the man that YES he was right...for once in 35 years.
Well, it sounds like you learned a lot too!
We had a mixed-results weekend too. Kodi earned his APDT ARCH on Sat. Morning with two good scores of 202 (out of 210). He earned a 207 in his level 1 run in the afternoon, but He seemed tired to me, so I scratched him from the level 2 run. He seemed brighter Sunday morning, and we got a good score of 208 in level 1. Then when we walked the level 2 course, I was really nervous, because a station that we find REALLY hard was on it. You have to leave the dog in a sit stay, run away from them, then call them to front. It's really hard, and a lot of dogs NQ on it for breaking the stay.
We started the course, and he was doing very well until we came out of a sharp corner into the send out to jump. He usually has NO problem with this, but I guess it just surprised him, being right out of the corner, and he ran right by it. NQ!
Oh well, then the pressure was off, and we had a great time on the rest of the course, including the stay, run forward and call front!
All in all, I couldn't complain. We were entered in 6 classes, Q'd in 4 of them, got 5th place in one (they were all BIG classes) and finished our ARCH. I still think I did the right thing scratching him when he seemed tired, and the NQ was the "good kind" where you know just what went wrong, and can avoid it the next time!
Sound like you did a great job over all on your first time out, and learned a few things to keep in mind for the next time!