There comes a time when you finally figure it out. When you realize beating your head up against a wall and trying to make something work is just nuts. Then you decide to move on, to do things that are enjoyable to you. Things that you are successful at.
Trialing in USBCHA. It’s never, ever been enjoyable to me. I just can’t cut it in these people. It has nothing to do with my dogs’ abilities, it’s me. I’m very uncomfortable at those trials. So why continue to torture myself? Because the USBCHA people say that’s the standard Border Collies should be bred to? That may very well be true, but does that mean my dogs or I have to live up to that standard? Nope. Because the USBCHA people think that all Border Collies should be doing is trialing at ISDS-style trials or working on farms? Nope. No matter how carefully they are bred, not all of them are able to do these things. Just because they can do it, does that mean that they have to? Nope. Is it causing any detriment to the breed if they are not doing these things? Nope.
Maybe, years from now, things will be different for me, but until then, I’m going to preserve my sanity and stay away from USBCHA and most of the people associated with it. There are plenty of other very fulfilling things I can do with my dogs besides trial in USBCHA. Does that make me any less of a person? Hell no.