Jeff is a craftsman in both wood and steel and builds the whole gamut of agility equipment. He has built hundreds of the popular portable Barb Davis contact trainers, in use all across the country. He does all this on part-time basis while holding down a job as well. Jeff is an avid agility fan & accompanies me to the bigger competitions. He loves cheering on our wonderful family of dogs.
I have always loved doing all sorts of things including flying remote-control airplanes and playing the fiddle in a band. But my first love has always been dogs. I have been showing and training dogs since 1970.
My first breed was Wire Fox Terriers and I obtained a CDX and CD’s in obedience on them.
My first sheltie came to own me in 1975 and they have run the household ever since. I have had several breed champions and Shimmer’s father Zinger won the coveted Best in Show.
I had the 7th sheltie to earn both a breed championship and the obedience championship, “OTCH”. I also have my judge’s license for shelties but now rarely show in breed or obedience due to my agility addiction!
My kennel name is “Strathspey” which is a county in Scotland as well as a type of fiddle tune. The focus of my breeding program was great temperaments and bodies, perfect for agility!
My dogs and I were quickly addicted to the fun, freedom and adrenalin we found in the agility ring. I I have won 6 National Championships with Shimmer, P.J., Zesty & Rock-It. I have had the honor of being on the World Team 7 times with Shimmer, Aspen, Rock-It & Skecher. This sport has truly changed our lives as we have traveled all across the good ol’ USA. Canada and Europe, having amazing experiences and making friends throughout the world.
I made the transition in 2007 to teaching agility full-time after a 15 year career of teaching Mathematics at the community college level. I love to teach and the many years of breaking down and explaining the details of Mathematics, has been a huge asset to my teaching of agility. I love working with people and their dogs and being part of helping them grow as a team. It makes me glow inside when a student I have worked with comes running up after a run beaming because of the success they are experiencing and thanks me for the help I gave them. One of the greatest rewards of teaching is hearing of, or seeing that success and how both dog and handler enjoy the agility experience more.