I have had dogs all my life. I got hooked on AKC Obedience in the 80s, training my “Novice A” Rottweiler all the way to the pinnacle of success at that time—a Utility Dog title (UD). This is a real accomplishment few trainers achieve with their first dog.
Since then I have trained multiple dogs in a variety of breeds to their UDs. We also compete at the upper level of Agility. Attaining the elite titles of an OTCH—an Obedience Champion—or a MACH—Master Agility Champion—are still on my bucket list.
I have one Kooikerhondje, Link who is training for the Conformation, Obedience and Agility rings as well as starting field work and looking forward to fun with Barn Hunt, Dock Diving and Lure Coursing. He will not be my last Kooikerhondje.
Soon after getting involved in AKC performance, I joined Capital Dog Training Club of Washington, DC. Before leaving the club and moving to North Carolina I served as:
- Secretary – multiple terms
- President – multiple terms
- Trial Secretary for a Tracking Test
- Chief ring steward organizing workers for several agility trials before I even trained in agility
- Organizing multiple events including fundraising for a major project
I have experience in:
- Dealing with AKC events for Obedience, Agility and Tracking
- Serving as a board member during the trying time of reworking the Club’s Constitution and By Laws after it was in place for years (this club was formed in 1938)
- Attended the HNK International Symposium on Health and Genetics
Having served a year as Secretary of KCUSA, I look forward to helping KCUSA work through the complex task of becoming a fully recognized AKC Member Club and moving the Nederlandse Kooikerhondje into the Sporting Group.
Respectfully submitted, Stephanie Lowe