Posted Date: March 9, 2017
Meet IFCS Team USA member Robin Newman and her dog Rabbit.
We will be featuring profiles of all of the IFCS Team USA members in preparation for the World Agility Championships in April in Spain. Today's profile is Robin Newman and Rabbit!
Where do you live?
We live on a small horse
farm in southern Wisconsin.
How did you first get involved with agility?
We moved from Maryland to
Wisconsin in early 2000. Due to a lack of horse competition, I started to look
around for other competitive sports to compete in.
What made you decide to compete?
Seemed to be a natural
progression from equestrian competition to dog agility.
Do you participate in any other dog sports or
training with your dogs?
Tell us more about the dog you will be competing with as an
IFCS Team Member?
Jack Russell Terrier, four-years-old. Rabbit.
Does your dog have any quirks or unique habits that you
loved to share?
Jack Russell, need I say more!
Do you have other dogs/pets aside from your IFCS dog? Tell
us more about them:
We have two horses, three
dogs. 2x Border/Staff mix and a Jack/Corgi mix. I compete all of them with the
exception of the Jack/Corgi mix, he is a retired Champion.
Describe for us what you do in your "other" non-agility
life, work life?
My husband and I are both
retired. I spend my time working on the farm and competing/training dogs.
How does it feel to be on the IFCS Team this year?
What are you looking forward to the most at the World
Agility Championship event in Spain this April?
Just competing and
watching the best teams in the world.
Do you do anything special to prepare yourself for a big
Compared to horse eventing,
stepping to the line with your dog is easier. I just enjoy the competition. No
matter how "big" the trial, we always try to do our very best.
People who enjoy agility with their dogs are often
intimidated by the idea of competition - what advice would you give them to
encourage them to take the plunge?
Just a game you play with your dog. Have fun with it.