I came back from Egypt in 1993 and was determined to have a dog to work in agility having seen it on tv when in England. I had had a collie as a child but my husband had owned a beardie before, so we ended up with not one but 2 beautiful beardies. I began training up at Warlingham in 1994 and then subsequently went on to compete and train at various other clubs. My first beardies won me out of Elementary. My next won me out of Starters and reached Grade4. My next dog who is now approaching 14, is a 3/4 collie 1/4 beardie and worked at Grade 6. Then I got a collie x lurcher who stayed in Grade 3 but got to 2 finals and got a lot of 2nd places. My last and current dog is a rescue Working Beardie from Wales. He is 4 and has won into Grade 4. This week he has reached the ABC finals at Dinas and achieved a 3rd in G4 Agility. I teach Agility at Keston Agility Club and at Northdowns Agility Club near Guildford. I love to see both dog and handler growing in skills and confidence. Seeing the bond grow between dog and handler is very rewarding. Ultimately it is all about having fun with your best friends.
I first attended training classes at the age of 9 with our family Labrador. I went on to share my life for the last 43 years exhibiting racing and lure coursing & modelling with our hounds.
I exhibited my Afghans Hounds in the '90,s where they were successful in the ring. I took a break from showing due to work commitments and the fact my bitch was not happy in the ring so we decided to take her racing, every weekend. She went on to become a UK Supreme Racing Champion breaking track records all over the country.
In 2002 I was diagnosed with a progressive degenerate muscle wasting and skin disease. Polymyositis and Systemic Sclerosis and Raynaud's. This took some time to come to terms with. Sadly it put an end to my exhibiting.
In 2003 AUDIGIER Kennels was formed comprising of Altside Blue Fusion & Altside Paparazzi. Sadly we lost Altside Paparazzi to a rare genetic illness at the age of 3. In 2012 Audigier imported Agha Djaris Fast Love @ Audigier who has secured her UK Stud Book Number and multiple wins in France & Luxembourg and is a SBIS winner in Germany. She has just secured her German Champion title and we look forward to gaining her International title shortly. We hope to start our breeding programme in 2017. Audigier Kennels has also imported Agha Djaris Lonesome Cowboy @ Audiger who we have high hopes for in the coming years.
I am a member of the Kennel Club. I judge at Breed Specialist level. I have also taught at a West London Ring Craft class for the last three years. Over the last 5 years I have traveled around the world gaining experience of handling techniques and styles. I hope to relay this to the members to give them confidence and professionalism in the show ring.
Finally I would just like to say that from any early age I have had a passion for all breeds of dogs. It's seems only natural for me to be working with them and I enjoy every moment of it. You never stop learning!