Not great, but it beats being dropped. Sixteen dogs were entered, fourteen ran, seven finished., one of the seven had one handle on a mark. Laddie finished, thus, in Sixth Place, which of course is a JAM, not a placement.
* Laddie nailed the #2 bird on the land series.
* Laddie nailed the #1 bird on the land series, long, difficult, and effectively retired until the dog got out there.
* Laddie's superb initial line on the land blind took him across a slope and thru a keyhole, one of the only dogs to get that keyhole and the only one to do it without handling.
* Laddie readily accepted casting into two water entries on the water blind, and swam the long shoreline to the end without bailing.
* Laddie honored on the final water double without breaking.
* I never lapsed in maintaining control of Laddie when he was off-lead near other dogs in each series.
* Laddie slipped at least three whistles on the water blind.
* Laddie cheated around water twice on the long, difficult, "bridge" water mark of the final double. Only the test dog (best Derby dog in the country) and the eventual First Place took the second of those entries, however, and of the others, Laddie was the only one not fooled by the bridge, running the bank to the correct side rather than the thrower side.
Finishing two trials in a row is nice, but we still haven't run a big water triple in a year. Hopefully we can fix that before our next trial.