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Talking with... Ann Zarr

The next in a series of interviews with USDAA IFCS World Agility Championship team members. By Brenna Fender

The 2010 World Agility Championships are fast approaching. USDAA will send a terrific team to Clevedon, North Sommerset in the United Kingdom for the event that runs from May 14-16 at the Hand Equestrian Centre. Team members include Angie Benacquisto with Duncan and Dylan, Daneen Fox and Masher, Janelle Julyan and Eve, Rhonda Koeske and Tack, Elise Lynch and Ting, Kate Moureaux and Driven, Stephanie Spyr and Rage, Rosanne DeMascio and Drifter, Dudley Fontaine and Maverick, Ann Zarr and Skylar, Suzanne Wesley and Sonic, and coach Stacy Peardot-Goudy. To celebrate our team, we'll be doing periodic interviews with team members.

Ann Zarr is a retired registered nurse who lives in Leawood, Kansas with her husband Jim. Ann and Jim are parents of Emily, Erin, and Elyse (ages 24, 22, and 20, respectively) who aren't into agility themselves but who enjoy caring for and loving the family dogs, 16-year-old Toto, 13-year-old Ringo, seven-year-old Skylar, and five-month-old Bizi. When not doing agility, Ann enjoys photography, gardening, and "being a mom."

Brenna Fender (BF): How did your family and friends react to you making the IFCS team?

Ann Zarr (AZ): Everyone was thrilled and happy for me.

BF: Will a friend or family member travel with you to the event?

AZ: Just me and Skylar

BF: How tough did you find the qualification process to become a team member?

AZ: I found it very competitive.

BF: What is your goal for this year's event?

AZ: To give it our best effort.

BF: How would you describe your emotions as the event draws closer?

AZ: I'm feeling very excited as the event draws closer. It is such a thrill to have this opportunity.

BF: What is your greatest concern about the trip to the UK for the event?

AZ: Not having Skylar's paperwork all in order.

BF: What do you think will be the most difficult part of the competition itself?

AZ: The most difficult part would be having to go first, so hopefully that won't happen.

BF: What do you expect to be fairly easy or smooth?

AZ: Traveling to England should be easy because I know the language!

Brenna Fender is the editor for the USDAA's subscriber services portion of the website.  She is also a freelance writer, wife, and parent of two dogs and two children.  Please contact Brenna at with comments, questions, or submissions.

Photo by Joan Meyer.


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