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Handler Interviews & Stories


Terry Herman: On Top at 63
Terry Herman has stood next to speedy young handlers on the podium at recent national and international events
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The First MACH Sharpei
Kobe is the first Shar Pei in the history of the sport to earn the MACH title
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Greg Derrett: A History with Olympia
Greg Derrett has been rousing the crowds at the London International Horse Show competition at Olympia since he was 18. Twenty years and scores of smoking runs later, in December 2012, Derrett became the only competitor in history to place first in both the Grade 6-7 and Novice competitions at The Kennel Club Olympia Agility Finals. It was his sweetest victory ever.
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It Takes a Community
If someone told me when I was nine years old that when I was twelve I would travel to Austria as a member of the first US European Open Junior team to compete in the European Open Junior World Championships with my dog, Ama, I would not have believed them. My experience in Austria was one I will never forget, but every success starts with a journey.
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Seeing Spots
If you’re involved in agility competition in the southwest, you’ve probably seen Jane Winkler of Albuquerque, New Mexico, running her Dalmatians. Jane is a wiry woman who always seems to be on course with a variety of eye-catching “Spotty Bodies,” as she likes to call them. She has had astounding success with a breed some have described as hard to train. Over the past 12 years, Jane has rescued, rehabilitated, and re-homed over 12 Dalmatians. She has trained and handled many of them to over 230 agility and obedience titles in AKC, ASCA, NADAC, UKC, and USDAA. Impressively, Jane accomplished all this while working full-time as a dental hygienist.
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Meet WAO Medalist Nicola Giraudi
Meet Nicola Giraudi of Italy who won multiple medals at the 2012 World Agility Open.
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The AKC’s Youngest Triple Threat
Meet the youngest dog in AKC history to achieve championships in conformation, obedience, and agility.
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First Mutt MACH
First AKC Master Agility Championship for a mixed breed
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Meet Mary VanDeCarr
Mary inspires people every time she enters the ring
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Near Tragedy at Trial
Jeff Ipser almost dies at a recent trial in Ohio.
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Like Father, Like Daughter
Many handlers dream of winning the USDAA Grand Prix of Dog Agility, but few people do it once, and even fewer do it twice.
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This Agility Competitor Has Heart!
Shannon Kelly endured a heart transplant before getting involved in agility.
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Success Hasn't Gone to Her Head
Meet Tori Self, a 17-year-old who won the 22" USDAA Steeplechase Finals with her 2-year-old dog.
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Donna Rock: How Does She Do It?
Donna Rock is quite famous in both the obedience and the agility world. She achieved a MACH with her Doberman and has been the subject of a documentary and numerous videos posted on YouTube. When you see Rock in action, you will know just how special and accomplished she is.
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Catch the Wave!
Meet Marcy Mantell and her little dog Wave...
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Serena Soars
When you say you can't do something, think about this dog…
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On Course with Janet McLaughlin
Did you know there's a professionally recorded song about agility…
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On Course with Kelly McFaul-Solem
Pug earns 11th agility championship title…
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A Three-Dog Final
Can you imagine having three dogs in a national finals? Meet Darlene Paul.
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On Course with Dennis Murphy
When Dennis Murphy and his Border Collie, Bodhi, step up to the line at an agility trial, something amazing happens.
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