As a former equestrian Dressage coach and trainer, I have fallen completely in love with the sport of agility.
Due to arthritis in my knees and lower back, I had to quit competing and training in dressage. Not to mention my husband was terrified of my horses. So, I decided that my extremely athletic 6 year old sheltie (way oversized at 20.5 inches) might enjoy the sport of agility.
We started training in November of 2007. By the spring of 2008 I thought Bear was ready to compete.
That was it, Bear and I were hooked. We had so much fun trialing all summer that in September we decided to compete in a sanctioned trial. Bear took 3 Qs out of 6 runs placing first in two and 2nd in the third. He even received best run.
Sadly we lost Bear just before Christmas 2016. He was my first agility dog and he taught me so much. We earned Agility Trial Champion Canada (ATCCh) title in 2014. He competed in 4 Ontario Regional Championships, qualifying for Nationals two years in a row. He competed in his first National Championships in 2014, placing 20th out of 47 dogs.
I love this sport because I get to play with my best friends. My BFF is Maggie, who joined our family in 2009. A 15.75 inch tri-coloured sheltie. She is an absolute phenom. Her story is remarkable, you can find out how Maggie completely changed my focus and style in agility. She is my superstar and the love of my life. She has placed 2, 3 and 4th at Ontario Regional Championships and 4th twice and 6th at National Championships.
I couldn't do everything we do if it wasn't for the tremendous support and encouragement that I receive from my wonderful husband, Rick Zmich. Not only does he keep my training fields in tip top shape, he is always willing to travel far and wide to support me while I trial with Maggie. At home he looks after the kids and spoils them rotten!
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A WINNING TEAM
Qualifying runs (Qs)
16 Titles earned between 2011- 2019
3 Nationals attended
on the podium all 3 times
4th, 4th and 6th
Regional Championship appearances - placed 10th, 2nd, 4th, 4th
Qualifed Nationals every year