I'm happy to say that our UKC debut was a success! After getting some strange looks from the equestrian people, I found the dog rings and got settled in.
I've heard it again and again how much more laid back UKC is compared to AKC, but never really quite absorbed that little nugget of information till today. It really felt exactly like an AKC match. There was no stress and no pressure. I walked into the ring confidently, and kept up that state of mind throughout both shows.
There are a few things I, as a handler, need to work on. The biggest being how I set Knight up on the table. When it's just us in the class the judge is watching the entire time and usually walks closer before I'm done getting him just right. I'd like to smooth out and speed up my table stacking process before we hit the AKC rings again.
That being said, when we actually have competition Knight shows wonderfully! Both groups were SO much fun!
Long story short, I only got 4 hours of sleep last night so I'm a little beat. Knight was awesome.
Results: Show 1= Group 3rd out of 7
Show 2= Group 4th out of 7
50/100 points towards his UKC Ch, and 2/3 wins with competition!