Hi, My name is Rosemary Pitfield, I am a former international level dressage coach and trainer who has now gone to the dogs. I have been training and competing in agility for about 10 years. I have had the pleasure of competing with two great shelties, Bear and Maggie.
I started agility when I had to quit riding and training as a result of significant arthritis in my knees, back and neck. I can tell you, agility is an awesome sport and great way to play with your fur kids. Whether you are competitive or just want to have fun, there is something for everyone.
After competing for a few years with my oversize sheltie Bear, who received his Agility Trial Canadian Champion title. I started to bring on and compete with my young female sheltie Maggie. Unfortunately I learned quickly that my competitive nature was too much for Maggie to cope with. She started competing at 18 months old and after 3 trials had amassed 21 Qs (Qualifying scores), and 5 titles, her Starter Gamble Dog of Canada, her Starter Standard Dog of Canada, her Starter Jumper dog of Canada, her Advanced Gamgle Dog of Canada. She was sitting with enough qualifying scores in Advanced Standard, Advanced Jumper, and Starter Snooker that she only needed one more in each to achieve all three titles. That's when she shut down completely. She wanted nothing to do with the competition ring. But she was thrilled to train at home. It took me almost 5 years to bring her back, and only with the help and support of Canadian World Champion Agility dog trainer Jess Martin. Maggie went on to qualify for the 2016 AAC National Championships 11 months after going back into the competition ring, she also made it to the podium placing 4th with 562 points. From there we never looked back, Maggie went on to qualify every year after that for Nationals and compete at 2 of the 3 she qualified for, placing 4th in 2018 and 6th (at the age of 10) in 2019. Maggie is now joined by Beckon Me Now Kateland, a smaller sheltie puppy from Chicago.
Rickfield Farm is our small farm south of Ottawa where we train and play with our fur kids. My husband, Rick Zmich, a former professional university football coach, helps look after the farm and provides coaching insights.