So far in 2013, Olive has run five Excellent B Standard courses - and Qualified five times! Her Q rate in Exc B Jumpers is one for three. Those are good stats. In both classes, however, John (handling) and Diane have seen Olive's points accumulation take a hit as her speed has decreased. They plan to run her in Preferred classes starting next month which will have Olive jumping four inches instead of eight. The reduced jump height has been very motivating for her in training.
And how do you like this photo! It is easily one of my very favorites of Olive. Initially, I did not like the blur of John's leg in the picture. But very soon I decided that I agree with Diane - it actually adds something nice to the photo. John's leg is not only framing Olive but, to me, it is really fostering the sense of partnership.
I LOVE this photo!