Ruth has owned dogs since childhood and currently has three ‘ABC’ (Anything But a Collie) dogs. Inka and Radar are both Hungarian Vizslas. Zan is a rescue Australian Kelpie. She competes at Grade 3 with Inka, and plans to start competing with Radar at some point in 2017. Zan is now retired from agility but does enjoy a good run around some jumps in the garden. 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 10 years ago and has been competing for 8 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 three Agility World Championships and plays a key role in ensuring the team members are as fit as possible for world class competition. She is currently busy working with the 2017 GB squad as they work towards team selection for the 2017 European and World Championships in Italy and the Czech Republic.