Terra and I just got an amazing and gorgeous ribbon in the mail yesterday, celebrating the earning of our Premier Title from the Musical Dog Sport Association. It completely wowed us both, and caused me to reflect on the years and hard work we have spent working toward this goal.
When Terra was just a puppy, I was intrigued by the creativity of freestyle, and “played freestyle” with her, like many do, tinkering here and there. It was a great addition to her obedience, keeping things light and fresh and fun. We continued to play and experiment, though there were no freestyle instructors to be found in Montana. Finally I got brave enough to submit our first Novice routine in 2011. But I had no idea that she and I would someday love it so much that we would be submitting routines at almost every quarterly video event.
Now we have completed her Premier Title. I’m still sort of in awe, though I don’t know how it could have snuck up on me. We submitted three successful Novice routines, three successful Standard routines, and the two required Premier level routines. I still have a hard time believing it. To the two of us, it doesn’t feel like work, it is just they way we live now, so it’s hard to realize we did it!
Freestyle has become the biggest thing in Terra’s life. She can hardly wait for her next chance to dance: pestering me if I’m at the computer and we haven’t danced that day, and preferring it to every other activity that we do together. In the meantime, she has taught me so many valuable training skills, so many that I will certainly forever be in her debt. My life with Terra has been filled to the brim with so many absolutely lovely freestyle memories, and it has forever bonded us with an amazingly strong love and relationship.
Freestyle is such a creative and challenging sport, it has pushed me to become a better trainer, a better instructor, and even a better horseback rider!
So I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you to MDSA and all the lovely freestylers who have come and gone over the years. I just can’t say it enough: thank you, thank you, thank you!
Terra says, “WOof! WO-Woof!” which could roughly be translated to: “Isn’t it time to DANCE?!?”
Jenn and Terra