Ruth has owned dogs since childhood and currently has three ‘ABC’ (Anything But a Collie) dogs. Inka and Radar are both Hungarian Vizslas and Zan a rescue Australian Kelpie. She competes at Grade 5 with Radar. Inka & Zan are both retired from agility. Ruth is one of the Club’s ABC specialists and has a strong understanding of the gundog’s mind when it comes to training them for agility. As Equipment Manager, Ruth keeps all of the Club’s equipment in a safe & serviceable state and advises on any equipment which needs replacing or updating.
Ruth has a strong sporting background in hockey and cricket, which lead to gaining numerous coaching qualifications. She has also completed short courses in Canine Care and Behaviour, Canine First Aid and Canine Massage for Sporting Dogs. Ruth joined Upandover over 12 years ago and has been competing for 10 years. Although not currently a full-time instructor, she does from time-to-time take a class. She was one of the first instructors to gain the Agility 1st Instructor award having helped to pilot the original course and she is also an Agility 1st Instructor Assessor.
Ruth is also the Handler Fitness Coach to Agility Team GB. She has travelled with the team to the last five Agility World Championships and plays a key role in ensuring that team members are as fit as possible for world class competition. She is currently busy working with the handlers as they prepare for the 2019 European and World Championships in the Netherlands and Finland.