I became addicted to agility 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 adopted my 2nd JRT, Zip from Talbot Humane (local shelter). My 3 JRTs are somewhat retired from agility but I am currently showing my youngest dog, Roxy, a toy poodle.
I have enjoyed much success in agility through the years. My dogs are the true rockstars and make me look good. All of my dogs have competed at either the National and/or International level and have made finals and made the podium on many occasions. Zip is a 7 time member of USA team for IFCS and WAO. Roxy is a 2 time IFCS USA team member. I follow the One Mind Dogs methodology and am a One Mind Dogs Assistant Coach. I am also a strong believer in clicker training, play and positive reinforcement to create drive and a strong bond between dog and handler.
Both Dasher and Zip have earned their ADChs’ within one week of each other. Zip began showing in 2008 and was on USDAA’s top ten in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 2012, 2013, 2014. He won the 2009 NE Regional Grand Prix and was in the Grand Prix finals at the 2010, 2011, 2012 USDAA Cynosport Games. In 2011 Zip won Steeplechase and Grand Prix finals at the Mid-Atlantic regional. Zip and I are also proud to be members of the 2011, 2012 2013, 2014 Team USA World Agility Open Championships. Zip and I were also members of the 2012, 2013, 2014 IFCS Team USA. Zip also has earned his Bronze Lifetime Acheivement Award in 2011, Silver Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012 and Gold Lifetime Acheivement in 2013. At the 2009 USDAA Cynosport Agility Finals, Dasher made it to the semi-finals of the Grand Prix and Steeplechase and the DAM Team finals. Dasher has earned his Bronze Lifetime Achievement award in 2012. Dasher has been on USDAA’s top ten in 2011 and 2012. My 3rd JRT, Zorro earned his Performance ADCh in 2011. My youngest dog, Roxy, a toy poodle is currently competing at the Masters level and earned her ADCh in Sept 2017. She was also on USDAA’s top ten list in 2017 and 2018. Roxy also was the alternate for the IFCS Team USA in 2017 that competed Europe and is currently on the 2019 IFCS team and will be competing in the Netherlands in April 2019.