Posted Date: November 7, 2016
We're delighted to have Carol Kramer as one of our terrific judges at Cynosport this week!
Where do you live?
St. Paul, MN
How did you get involved in agility and how long have you been involved?
I was showing my Keeshond Ramsey in the Conformation ring at a local breed show in 1992. Minnesota Agility Club sponsored a free demonstration where I saw a really tall guy running a Keeshond. Dan Dege was a fabulous ambassador of the sport! Training started soon after that. Then of course it's the "usual" progression ... train, show, study the sport, teach, judge (Masters in USDAA 2003). You know the drill!
Do you participate in any other dog sports or training with your dogs?
Not at this time. For amusement I'll work on small tricks with my dog.
What types of dogs do you have and what are their names, ages, and any titles?
Tess is my 13-year-old Keeshond who specializes in porch sitting and charming kids of all ages!
What is something unique about your dog you like to tell people?
Keeshonden are independent thinkers, smart as a whip! Their one goal in life is to make their humans a Pez dispenser ... what behaviors can I offer to get the food from them!
What do you do in your other non-agility life?
I'm a Quality Engineer for 3M Consumer Health Care Division. I've been studying for several years to become a transpersonal life coach. I'm also a Green Bay Packers shareholder and Minnesota Wild season ticket holder. Powerlifting keeps me in shape for the long haul of judging.
When you are designing a course for Cynosport, do you have any goals and/or concerns?
My goals, as in any course design, are to provide a safe, fun, fast course with subtle challenges - for dogs of all heights.
Seeing various handling systems tackle the challenges is exciting!
Have you competed at Cynosport in the past?
Yes, late 1990's through the mid 2000's.
Have you judged at Cynosport in the past?
Yes, 2015 was my rookie year in Tennessee. A great judging corps kept us all going!
Do you have any tips or advice for Cynosport competitors?
Breathe, stay grounded, smile at your dog no matter what!
Handle the course, one obstacle at a time.
Remember to cross the finish line!!!!
What are you most looking forward about Cynosport this year?
Being back at Westworld - what a fabulous venue!