Stane participated with Heidi and Kala on 20 km long trail, Barbara participated with Gea and Pretty on 10 km. They represent the 2nd retriever breed (nova scotia duck tolling retriever) in Slovenia, after curly coated retriever, that competed in doghiking.
Curly Heidi and toller Gea are also the 1st Slovene retrievers that competed in doghiking abroad (in Austria, near Vienna).
This time it looked that the orientation on 20 km long trail was not so easy, so many very fast, very good and very perspective competitors got lost. Stane ended on the 2nd place among men, 2nd among men walkers and got 17 points. This result from Doghiking Lisec 2013 was among such good rivals just pure luck that can happen just once per lifetime.
Heidi and Kala were working for the whole length perfectly. For the 1st time they did not pull so much downhill (they listened the command). Heidi was not tired (she never is), Kala was (but she had one week of very difficult trainings in lots of snow). So she got the time off to regenerate.
Orientation on the shorter trail looked much easier i.e. all participants were successful. Gea and Pretty were for the 1st time working without a "rabbit" in front of them. Gea was in the beginning working very nice, could be better, but was a huge step up for her. Pretty did also a step up, but smaller comparing to Gea. However, Barbara was pleased with what they showed even if they did not perform on the highest level they can for the whole time. After few trainings it will be better.
Maybe Pretty's performance was not so OK due to the fact, that she really had to huge harness and Barbara had to safe her from the ropes for lots of times - we have to buy her a new one, the same as Gea has.
Barbara expected that they will be last, but they were 1st. She still does not know how did she catch up the rivals (which are all very good). It sure happened after the phone call of Stane, when he told that all runners got lost. She started to walk faster because she thought that the search action will have to take place. She already new which dogs to take along (Saki and Drobižek, who were the only one rested) and whom not (May is too old, Gea, Pretty, Kala and Heidi might be tired, puppies are still just puppies). Luckily everybody that got lost, got lost in the best possible way i.e. or they have just shortened the trail and missed one of the check points, or they finished on the road near villages where they could be picked up by the car.
This was also the 1st time that Barbara did not fall even once (maybe this was the also the last time).
On this event (that took place from and to our home) we realised, that Daisy really needs extra socialisation with strange people.
More photos are on fb.