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IFCS 2016 Team Member Profile: Desiree Snelleman

A profile of IFCS 2016 Team Member Desiree Snelleman and her dog Pace.

We are featuring regular profiles of all of the IFCS 2016 Team Members. Today we feature Desiree Snelleman and her dog Pace.


Where do you live? 

I live in the Pacific Northwest, specifically Fife, Washington

How did you first get involved with agility? 

It all started in 2002 when we brought home two Siberian Husky puppies, T'ai and Chi. They lead us into the sport of agility

What made you decide to compete? 

I have been an athlete all my life and I found it incredibly rewarding to train the dogs in an activity/sport that is both physically and mentally challenging and fun. 

Do you (or did you) participate in any other dog sports or training with your dogs?

K9 Nosework, Canicross, obedience and rally.

Tell us more about the dog(s) you will be competing with as an IFCS Team Member?

Pace is an enjoyable family member and loves any activity we do with him. He will turn seven in March and he has had a very exciting agility career. Over the years he has been the Cynosport Steeplechase National Champion three times. This is his third year he has been on the IFCS Team. He won two gold medals in 2014 in Biathlon and Individual Jumpers. In 2015 he was on the Team earning a silver medal. He has been on the FCI AWC Team in 2014, bringing home a bronze medal in individual combined and in 2015 he was part the Team earning a bronze medal in Team Agility. He has also been competing in a number of events abroad such as the IAF, Crufts and EO.

Does your dog have any quirks or unique habits that you would love to share? 

He is a "snuggle-bug.

Do you have other dogs/pets aside from your IFCS dog? Tell us more about them:

Pace lives in the household with three other Border Collies, Stinger at 11-years-old, Daim at seven-years-old and his half brother Cru, two-and-a-half years old.

Describe for us what you do in your "other" non-agility life/work life? 

Between doing seminars and coaching/teaching on-line for my own company; PACE Agility, I also teach and coach for Sumner Veterinary Hospital/It's A Dog's World in Sumner, Washington. 

How does it feel to be on the IFCS Team this year? 

I am super excited to be on such a talented team. Looking forward to compete with the team at the World Championships in Holland.

What are you looking forward to the most at the World Agility Championship event in The Netherlands this April? 

Having a great time with Pace and my teammates and enjoy competing at a high level with challenging courses. 

Do you do anything special to prepare yourself for a big competition? Mental and physical conditioning and staying injury free. (Dog and handler) I stay process oriented. You cannot let yourself get too focused on the outcome. 

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? 

Try it on, you might just like it! :)

Do you have a favorite dog from a book, movie, TV-show or video game? 

Balto, the famous black and white Siberian Husky sled dog who led his team on the final leg of the 1925 serum run to Nome.


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