Well, Bailey and I spent the weekend at the German Wirehair Pointer Club field trial in the wonderful foothills of the Sierras around Sonora.
There were 9 dogs in Open Derby (Under 2-year-olds). Five German shorthairs and four Vizslas. "Open" allows for professional handlers. This was a horseback handled field trial so all contestant's were upon their mounts. I borrowed a friend's horse for the event.
All the other eight dogs were handled by professionals or long-time field trial folk riding their own steeds.
Can I compete against much more knowledgable handlers? Can Bailey compete against stronger and tougher dogs?
I guess I have to believe in the Hollywood heroine pictured below to carry on.