Tinna Brown has been involved in agility since 1999. Tinna’s devotion towards animals stemmed from her love of horses where she trained and showed in Barrel Racing, Pole Bending, Hunter/Jumper and Dressage. She focuses on common sense teaching methods tailored and specialized for the goals set by each and every team. Much of her knowledge stems from working with Linda Mecklenburg, Mary Ellen Barry, Anna Eifert, Jenny Damm, Anna Hinze and many other well-known dog trainers. Tinna has earned 8 MACH's with her own dogs and has also put several MACH's on other dogs she trained and handled. Tinna was on the 2013 AKC/USA World Team and the 2014 AKC European Open World Team. She has written several articles for Clean Run Magazine and is heavily involved with Canine Epilepsy and Early Takeoff Syndrome research.
Lynda has been training and competing with dogs in Obedience, Schutzhund and Agility since 1995. She began to focus on agility in 1999 and has been coaching agility teams since 2003. Lynda identifies what motivates each individual team together and creates training plans that utilize these strengths while making them successful teammates with a common goal. She brings attention to detail and technical analysis to her agility instruction. She teaches Beginners through Masters levels of handling, and is known for her willingness and expertise in working with non-traditional agility breeds. Some of her successful students include Great Danes, Akitas and Weimeraners.
Marisa started in agility 14 years ago with German Shepherds and a Border Collie and now runs Japanese Chin and a Sheltie in addition to her Shepherds. She focuses first on the handler dog relationship and then on the handling. She believes that once a trusting and fun relationship is established, anything is possible. Marisa uses a motion based handling system. Marisa regularly runs agility clinics and camps with instructors such as Nancy Gyes, John Nye, Anna Eiffert, Anna Hinze, Jenn Crank and Tori Self. She has earned 9 MACHs, has won numerous Nationals with her German Shepherds, bred, owned and handled the first and only MACh Japanese Chin and is a respected breeder/owner/handler in the Conformation ring. She is a Certified Veterinary Technician, a Canine Massage Therapist and is the Fashion Pet Divisional Manager at Ethical Products - Spot Brand Toys and Accessories
Kathleen has competed internationally with her two shelties since 2012. Most recently she and Whimzy won their way into Individual Finals at the 2015 European Open. In 2014 the pair made their debut at the Agility World Championships, helping win a Silver Medal in Agility and a World Championship for the Medium Dog Team. Prior to her most recent success with Whimzy, Kathleen attended the European Open twice with her 14” sheltie, Jenna. They made AKC National Agility Finals, won their spot on the AKC European Open team and made Mini Individual Finals at the European Open in 2013! Jenna also won her way into AKC National Agility Challengers Round in 2011, after a 9th place in Jumpers, and she has placed top three several times in individual rounds and overall at the AKC World Team Tryouts and was a FCI Gold Medalist. In addition to showing with her two shelties, Kathleen is also a professional handler for a variety of dogs. Working with different breeds and heights has always been one of Kathleen’s main interests in agility. Many of the dogs she has worked with, like Nikki, overcame ring-stress and other attention/stress related issues.