"A competition is only a brief look at the process in continuation. A win is not a win. A loss is not a loss." Don Blazer
If you look at trials as such, you will take home lessons from each and every one. You will continue to build your partnership. Specific labels are meaningless; she lacks power, he lacks confidence. Sometimes we want too much too soon. Competitions give you information for future training sessions. Experience is powerful. It gives you tools. It builds confidence. Those lessons are part of your journey.