Maid was first so I did a walk up and she was confused but did as I asked, although her walk-up was tentative. As soon as she hit the gate, I gave her a huge flank and she cast out nice. Picked up the sheep well and I hit her with a down. She took it readily and waited for my next command. The sheep were the super light hair sheep and bolted down the field. As soon as they settled, I had her walk slowly and she brought them nicely through the gate. The post turn was hard as the sheep ran to the corral sheep and plastered against the fence or tried to bolt to the exhaust. I did the wrong turn then made a bloody mess of trying to unwind. But we finally got it going and had a nice first drive. As soon as the sheep hit the panels, they bolted over the hill and I was slow to flank Maid. Maid took a wrong flank but brought the sheep nicely over the hill. I put them back online and we made the rest of the drive nice. We timed out in the shed ring as they were super light so as a result we didn't get the pen as well. But in spite of the runaway and missed shed and pen, she placed 7th. I guess even with that debacle, she had one of the better drives. Maid worked well for me and was soft and biddable. I really enjoy running her and we click well together. She really bends herself over backwards to please me and no tension.
Nan ran towards the end of the day and by this time the sheep had run through the course several times and knew where the exhaust was as well as the draws. I did the dame walkup and flanked her at the gate and got points docks for a redirect but it was that or a crossover. She bent out deep and came in nice for a superb lift. The setout crew told me later she had one of the best outwork and positioned herself nice. She stopped and the sheep calmed down and we had a nice controlled fetch. In fact, she had one of the best outworks at the trial and so did Maid. In Maid's case, the lost points was me fumbling at the post turn.
Nan had a sweet drive and I didn't repeat the same mistake that I did with Maid. A little bit off here and there and she had one of the best drives. it took a bit to set up for the shed as the sheep wanted to bolt through the gate to the exhaust but she came in clean and fast and got the shed. We had them in the pen but one busted out and they spun but we did sneak them back in and got the pen. Nan placed second and I was quite please with my 11 year old dog!