Shar was always an avid dog lover but in 1999 after being introduced to dog agility the sport became a passion. She began by training Meg’n, a small dark red Golden Retriever with lots of spunk. Since Meg’n was really her husband’s dog Shar helped to train her and then gave her handling duties over to Norm. Meg’n went on to become the First Golden in Colorado to earn a MACH and ADCH and went on to compete and climb the title ladder until she retired at 11 years of age. Wanting to get in on the handling fun Shar got another Golden, Kenzi, who earned 2 MACH’s, ADCH Bronze and competed in 4 National Championships until she died from Lymphoma at an early age in her life. Shar currently compete with another Golden Retriever dynamo named Tar’n, and they have already amassed numerous achievements and continue to climb the agility success ladder. In 2011 Tar’n was a National Finalist for USDAA Performance Grand Prix, an honor bestowed on very few dogs in their lifetime. In June 2014 Tar'n became the 3rd Golden Retriever to ever acheive the USDAA Agility Dog Champion GOLD title. (ADCH GOLD) and she earned MACH3. In 2013 Shar and Tar'n won Regional Master Challenge Biathlon in P22". Shar also competes with Rev’n, Tar'ns daughter who started her agility career in January 2012 and has already made her way into the Excellent level of competition and has earned 3 Master Agility Championship titles.
In addition to competing with her dogs, Shar is also a well-known and accomplished trainer, coach and seminar presenter whose students have accumulated many successes. Shar is also active in several local agility clubs and has been an avid supporter and advocate of agility in Colorado.
When not working and training in agility Tar'n can also be seen on television and print ads as she is often called upon to show off her skills for the camera.
2011 RM Regional USDAA Grand Prix Finalist
2008 Performance National Champion Finalist
2008 RM Regional Performance GP Champion
AKC Nationals Qualifier for 9 years in a row
USDAA Nationals Qualifier for 9 years in a row
2012 USDAA Regionals Steeplechase Champion
2012 Purina Incredible Dog Challenge regional winner
2012 Purina IDC National Large Dog agility winner
2013 Tournament Master Platinum
2016 Master Agility Champion 2 dogs
2016 2nd place Team Gamblers finisher
Norm began his agility career in 1999 with Meg'n, a cute little Golden Retriever who needed something to do. In no time at all it was clear Meg'n really liked this new game called agility. She sailed through Novice and Open and before she was 3 she had her MX and MXJ and she was only 4 when she earned her first MACH. In 2004 she earned her MACH, ADHF and ADCH. Meg'n retired at the age of 11 with 6 Master Agility Championship titles, an ADCH Bronze and a Bronze Lifetime achievement award She was the first Golden Retriever in Colorado to earn these dog agility Championship titles. Meg'n left us in January 2013 at the age of 14 1/2. She will always be in our hearts as the dog who introduced us to the sport of agility.
In the Spring of 2005 Norm adopted a lovable little Border Collie that we call Fl'n. When we first brought Fl'n home he was pretty shy, and didn't know how to play. He quickly made friends with the other dogs, it wasn't long before he was a part of the family. Norm and Shar started training Fl'n right away and he entered his first competion in April 2006 and moved into Excellent in January 2007. He's fast and loves the game of agility and Norm is having a blast running with him. Fl'n earned his first ADCH title in 2011 and in 2012 qualified to run at the AKC and USDAA Nationals.
Norm also competes with Race'n, one of Tar'ns puppies born in 2009 and has already reached the excellent level of competition. Race'n is following in his mothers footsteps as a TV and print star, showing off his stuff for commercials and advertisements.
2011 USDAA National Performance Grand Prix Finalist
2011 RM Regional Performance Grand Prix Champion
2011 RM Regional Performance Speed Jumping Finalist
2009 RM Regional Performance Team Champion
AKC Nationals Qualifier for 9 years in a row with multiple dogs
USDAA Nationals Qualifer for 9 years with multiple dogs
2012 USDAA Nationals Semi-Finalist
2013 SW Regional Master Challenge Biathlon P22"
USDAA Silver Lifetime acheivement
2014 ADCH Gold
2016 MACH 3
2016 GP Semi-finalist