Posted Date: March 11, 2016
A profile of IFCS 2016 Team Member Jeannette Hutchison and her dog Rumble.
We will be featuring regular profiles of all of the IFCS 2016 Team Members. Today we feature Jeannette Hutchison and her dog Rumble.
Where do you live? Cordova, Maryland
How did you first get involved with agility? In 1990 I attended the
Fair Hill International Horse Show and saw agility for the first time and have
been hooked ever since.
What made you decide to compete? I wanted to learn
about agility so attending the shows was a good way to get information. Next
thing I knew we were competing.
Do you (or did you) participate in
any other dog sports or training with your dogs? I used to do obedience
with several of my Jack Russell Terriers and raced them and did go to ground.
Tell us more about the dog(s) you will be competing with as an IFCS Team Member? My teammate is Rumble,
a Border Collie, now ten-and-a-half years young. She is an incredible athlete
with heart and talent. Rumble is very smart and wants to be with me and is willing
to do anything I ask of her. She gives one-hundred-and-ten percent effort at
blazing speed in all she does yet she loves to snuggle and is the best travel
companion. I am very blessed to have Rumble in my life and have enjoyed the
journey we have been on
Does your dog have any quirks or
unique habits that you love to share? Rumble gently stands up to give me eye contact and a snuggle
before going into the ring to compete. She seems to know when we are running in
the big events. Her connection to me prior to entering the ring is an unspoken
emotional moment that can't be described but brings me to tears.
Are there any challenges you have
faced with your dog that you'd be willing to share and how you both overcame
the challenge and achieved success? There were training challenges early on as I learned to watch
and listen to my dog. Rumble has made me a better trainer. I needed to really
think and make sure she was learning what I was teaching. She taught me to
observe, think, reflect, and to never give up. Learning to handle her speed and
stride with the use of motion and timing of information was challenging but
Do you have other dogs/pets aside
from your IFCS dog? Tell us more about them. Yes, I have Jack Russell Terriers, several Border Collies and two Border Jacks. They keep me busy.
Describe for us what you do in your
"other" non-agility life, work life? I own and operate a
training and boarding facility for dogs. I teach private lessons, group classes
and seminars in obedience and agility.
How does it feel to be on the IFCS
Team this year? I feel very privileged
and honored to be selected to the IFCS Team.
What are you looking forward to the
most at the World Agility Championship event in The Netherlands this April? I am looking forward
to supporting my teammates and running with Rumble representing Team USA.
Do you do anything special to
prepare yourself for a big competition? Yes, I try to eat
healthy, stay fit, balance training and fun and work on the mental game.
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? Seek information from
experienced competitors and have confidence in yourself and your dog.
Do you have a favorite dog from a
book, movie, TV-show or video game? I like Wishbone and
Some video clips of Jeannette in action!
Master Challenge Jumpers 2015 USDAA Cynosport
Master Challenge Standard 2015 USDAA Cynosport
Team Snooker 2015 USDAA Cynosport