We achieved our big aim this year – to do well at the State and National Obedience Championships in Brisbane. Many months of hard work culminated in Shelby becoming State champion in UD obedience for 2017. Competing against the best in the country, Shelby scored 196 points in UD and a compliment from the judge.
Showing her incredible work attitude, we competed in 4 different obedience categories, UD, Open, Rally Masters and Rally Excellent. We came away with a first in UD, 2nd place in Open and 3rd place in Masters Rally. I was over the moon, it did not seem real and I knew that everything else after this day would be a bonus
The next day we backed up in all 4 classes again for the National titles. We won 1st place and National Champion in Rally Excellent with a perfect score of 100 points, a close second only beaten on time in Rally Masters. in UD we only failed in one exercise, but against such tough competition, we did not make the placings.
The State and National Titles was a fabulous competition with Obedience, Rally Obedience, Agility and Dances with Dogs happening at the same time. What a wonderful opportunity to showcase our sport and our teamwork with our dogs. The most beautiful experience was though, hearing from another competitor, who had friends come and have a look at all the competition. They said they saw a woman with a Belgian Malinois that worked so beautifully, it was worth coming just to see that. Hearing this filled me with pride. Yes, competition trainers train to win and aim for the top spot. That is only one aspect, the most important thing for me is that we both enjoy what we are doing. Together as a team, Shelby and me. To achieve that, is the ultimate reward.