Posted Date: April 2, 2013
Meet another member of the US 2013 IFCS Continental Championships of Europe team!
Photo courtesy of Brandon White.
The 2013 IFCS Continental Championships of Europe, which will be held near Girona, Spain, are coming soon. The event begins on April 4th! To help us all get ready for this exciting inaugural event, we are featuring each of our team members here on USDAA.com. The team member of the day is Ivette White!
Ivette and her approximately six-year-old Jack Russell Terrier, Zip, live in Easton, Maryland. Zip and Ivette are one half of the Toy dog team (the other half being Maxine Holmes and Sundance). Ivette started competing in agility back in 1996, but spent a few years away from the sport when she returned to her earlier interest (showing horses). In her non-dog life, Ivette is a family office manager. What is that, you ask? According to Ivette, a family office manager is like a personal assistant for a high net worth individual. She works closely with the individual's accountants, money managers, and lawyers, and she manages other employees and various properties, assets, and more. She says that the job is flexible and her boss is awesome, so it leaves time for agility.
We asked Ivette a few questions about her experiences in agility and her plans for the upcoming event.
What (if anything) are you doing to prepare for the CCOE event?
As far as my physical conditioning goes, I haven't changed much. I go to the gym five days a week, so that has not changed. In order to get my head in the game, I have been practicing my mental management more in the last few weeks. Zip has been recovering from an injured hip, so we have been doing lots of physical therapy over the last few months. Recently we have been running full courses as well as brushing up on specific handling skills that may have gotten a bit rusty since Zip's injury. We have also been entering some shows as this helps me work on my mental game.
How did you feel when you found out that you made the team?
I was super excited! When I found out who else was on the team I was even more excited; what a great group! I feel very honored to be a part of such a great team.
What strengths do you think you and your dogs bring to the team (particularly on international courses)?
Zip has the wonderful ability to turn on a dime as well as accelerate and decelerate very quickly. Many of these international courses have lots of open running between obstacles then very tight challenges at the end of a long run. If I give him the information correctly, he can handle these sequences well. Zip and I have also been to a few international competitions in past years; hopefully our past experiences will be an asset to the team.
What international competitions have you attended?
We were on the 2011 WAO USA Team competing in England and also the 2012 WAO USA Team competing in Belgium.
Are you bringing anyone with you to cheer on Team USA?
My husband, Brandon will be cheering us on.
Are you planning to do any sightseeing or other activities while you are in Europe for the event?
We are arriving two days early to do some sightseeing. Not sure what we are going to do yet. Would like to go to the beach and do some shopping. Sampling lots of the native cuisine will be high on my list too.
Any other comments?
Thanks to all my friends and family for their support and well wishes. Zip and I could not have made it here without you. Good luck to all my amazing teammates, go team USA!
Photo courtesy of Mike Lifer.