My agility addiction began in 1996 when I started training my Dalmatian, Reese. Unfortunately after several years of competing, Reese had to be retired so I took a break from agility and went back to showing horses. In 2005 I started competing again with my JRT, Dasher. Dasher was my first JRT and I fell in love with the breed’s personality and drive. It was not long after I had Dasher that I adopted my 2nd JRT, Zip from Talbot Humane (local shelter). I currently have 3 JRT’s, 2 of which are competing in agility and have recently added Roxy, a toy poodle, to our pack.
I have enjoyed much success in agility through the years. Dasher and Zip earned their ADChs’ within one week of each other in 2010 and Zorro earned his Performance ADCh in 2011. In 2012 Dasher earned his Bronze LAA and Zip earned his Gold LAA. My dogs have been on USDAA’s top ten in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011, 2012 and 2013. I have been in the semi-finals and finals of Steeplechase and Grand Prix at Cynosport in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. I placed 3rd in Grand Prix finals at Cynosport with Zip in 2010 and 2011. In 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 Zip and I were selected to the US Team for the World Agility Open Championships. At the 2011 WAO Championships, Zip and I earned a silver medal in the Games division and a team silver. At the 2012 WAO Championships we placed 4th in the Individual Pentathlon and earned a bronze medal in the team competition. In 2013 Zip and I were on the WAO and IFCS team. At the IFCS event we earned 1 silver and 4 bronze medals. At WAO the same year we earned the team Gold medal. In 2014 we earned a bronze medal in the Individual Biathlon at IFCS in the Netherlands and placed 4th in Games Biathlon and earned the team gold medal at WAO in Itlay.
I follow Linda Mecklenburg’s handling system and Jeannette Hutchison’s foundation and distance work training. I am a strong believer in clicker training and positive reinforcement to create drive and a strong bond between dog and handler.