ARLENE LEHMANN, SANDY MADAY, SHELLEY PRICE, WENDY BEARD
My agility journey began in 2001 with my first Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Chance. In 2004, I co-founded my own agility club, The Agility Connection (TAC), which hosts three annual AAC Sanctioned Trials at Lake Ontario Park in Kingston and monthly fun matches during the indoor season. My judging experience began by designing and judging courses for TAC’s fun matches. I attended my first judge’s clinic in August 2009 as a Starters/Advanced candidate, and completed my practical judging exam “at home” in July 2010. In 2014, I organized a Masters Judge’s upgrade clinic and went on to complete my practical judging assignment in November 2014. Since then, I had the good fortune to judge at the 2016 Nationals and have enjoyed the opportunity of judging Starters, Advanced and Masters events in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.
I am passionate about the welfare of dogs less fortunate than our own, having organized many successful fundraisers and volunteering for numerous dog-related charities, including the emergency shelter for Humane Society International (HSI) in Quebec. Since finding my passion for rescue, I have had the privilege of welcoming nearly forty dogs into my home for stays anywhere from one night to nineteen months or “forever”.
I currently share my heart and home with three Chesapeake Bay Retrievers (Auden, True and Lyric), a Border Collie X (Livy, owned by my daughter), an All Canadian (Fayth) and Mabel the Cat. Lyric is semi-retired but I am currently competing with Auden, True, Livy and Fayth. My previous agility partners were three male Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, i.e. Chance, Eliot and Forrest. In addition to agility, I enjoy training and competing in CARO and have attended several Dock Dog events (where the Chessies lose their minds!).
I very much look forward to the experience of judging my first Regionals, making new agility friends and reconnecting with friends I made when I judged in BC.
I am excited beyond belief to come back home to the Lower Mainland & judge the BC/YK 2018 Regional Championships.
For 30 years I have competed successfully in a multitude of dog sports (schutzhund, obedience/rally, flyball, scent hurdling) where my dogs & I have earned way too many titles while having way too much fun. It was my BC, Abbi, that started me on this marvellous adventure involving weaves & tunnels back in 2003. It was she who took me across Alberta & Canada to Regionals & Nationals year after year, stood by my side on multiple podiums, & eventually enabled me to cross the ocean to my first WAC (FCI in 2009). It was also she who opened the door for me to become an AAC judge back in 2007 after her cruciate injury, a blessing in disguise.
After Abbi came my Papillons, Rhyval & now Quasi(modo), who taught me even more about handling & gave me a greater appreciation for course design after competing on both extremes of the spectrum. Because of my 3 amazing dogs I have been exceptionally proud to have been asked to represent Canada 12 times now between the 3 World Championships (ultimately earning 5 medals). Because of them we have won the AAC Nationals, AB/NWT Regionals, & Steeplechase Finals numerous times over the past 12 years. I have truly been blessed to have such wonderful furry teachers and thusly have shared their wisdom via coaching others for OC Agility since 2009.
G’Luck to everyone who steps to the line at Regionals this year. May the agility gods bring good weather, fun courses, clean runs, and joy in your heart as you run beside your furry partner.