I have to say that the kids worked really hard with their animals this year. They didn't "win" any of their divisions but some years are just like that. When you are dealing with animals the input does not always equal the result. Sometimes, yes. Sometimes, no. Liz knew from the beginning that she didn't have a chance at winning her first year with a puppy. That didn't stop her from working hard.
Last but not least was Showmanship. It's kinda my fave event. However, if you don't win there isn't a placing. So, you just didn't win.
I thought Nathan and Mae actually did very well in this event. I don't know the comparison of scores but it had to be close.
Case in point: girl who can barely hang onto her dog. So, yes, a lot of deductions for that. And for her fashion boots (shhh, don't tell her that!). Little did the judge know that we went out and bought those boots because she didn't think she could hold onto her dog in flats. I'm happy she just managed to hold onto her dog! Dog loose in the ring would have been very very bad.