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IFCS 2016 Team Member Profile: Jeannette Hutchison

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 fun.

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 Snoopy.

Some video clips of Jeannette in action!

Master Challenge Jumpers 2015 USDAA Cynosport

Master Challenge Standard 2015 USDAA Cynosport

Team Snooker 2015 USDAA Cynosport


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