About Sally Boarman
and MACH4 Aussie CDX, XF (Sept. 30, 2012)
that's right I have a aussie named Aussie.
So I may not be the most creative mind when
it comes to naming my dogs but I do love
training dogs and training people to train
been training dogs, informally and formally,
since the early 90's. I first began
training and competing in Obedience and then
was thrilled to discover Agility and it
quickly took over my life! I was
living in the suburbs of Washington DC at
the time and began formally teaching classes
with an area club. My passion grew, I
began competing more and more (primarily AKC
but dabbled in NADAC) and I then learned of
the opportunity to purchase Dogwood Training
Center in Ohio. My passion won out, I
left my job, sold my home and in 2007 moved
to Ohio.....the best decision I've ever
achieved her first MACH title in October 2008, her MACH2 title in December 2009
and her MACH 3 in April 2011.
We also qualified for and competed in the
2009 AKC National Agility Championship.
I am proud to say that Aussie and I finished
13th out of 242 20" dogs in the State
tournament on Friday. We finished
122nd out of 260 20" dogs in the
Championship rounds, achieving my goal of
being in the top 50%. Not bad for her
first national competition! We then
competed again in the 2010 AKC National
Agility Championship, finishing 68th out of
270 dogs - wow , was I proud of her!
We also qualified again in 2011 and traveled
to Lexington, Virginia. We had another
wonderful year with some very tough
competition and I was quite proud of our
runs. After the first 2 rounds we were
in the top 60 dogs (out of almost 300) but a
blooper on my part in our last run dropped
us way down. But, we remained in the
top 50% and were clean 2 out of 3 runs.
And then in 2012 we headed to Reno,
Nevada for the 2012 National Championship -
our 4th qualifying year! Aussie did
fabulous, again hanging in the top 50%.
Not bad for a 10 1/2 year old! And
now, we are headed to Tulsa, OK in 2013 for
her 5th national competition. So proud
of my girl!
MACH3 Aussie and I with our
agility buddies, Caramel/Kim and Gromit/Ruth,
at the 2009 AKC National Agility
also proud that Aussie has ranked in the top
50 Australian Shepherds in AKC for the past
3 years. She ranked 41st in 2008, 38th
in 2009 and 36th in 2010. She is now
almost 10 1/2 years old and finished 2011
ranked 51st - what a good girl!!
addition to teaching Obedience and Agility,
I have also trained dogs for Flyball.
I helped to establish the first Flyball team
in Greenbelt, MD, the "Greenbelt Flyers".
My dog, Aussie, has an amazing passion for
also competing with my younger dog, Fly.
She began competing in 2009.
She's done extremely well and is currently
competing at the Excellent level of AKC.
She has also dabbled in USDAA, NADAC and CPE.
Sagehill's Flyin' By Ya "Fly" at her first
In April 2010 I added another aussie to the
household, Superior's Razzle Dazzle aka
"Dazzle". He is quite the sassy
boy and has become a joy to do agility with.
He started competing in 2011 and is doing
well. If you don't see Dazzle's runs
you will at least hear them! He loves
Superior's Razzle Dazzle, "Dazzle"
October 2011 I offered to foster a puppy who
has become a permanent member of our
household. She is an adorable mix of
everything under the sun and an absolute
sweetheart. Her name is "Boo".
She had a very strong fear of being touched
by strangers when she came to live with me
but she now thinks people touching her is a
very good thing. She's become quite
the little cuddler. She is learning to
do agility and thinks jumping and tunnels
Dogwood's Friendly Ghost, aka "Boo"
In November 2012 a new pup joined the
family. He is a border collie with the
name, Declan. He has fit into the
household quite well and is proving to be
quite the smart little guy. He has
started to learn the foundations for agility
and will begin herding lessons soon!
Brush Creek Charity's Declan
felines tolerate life with this canine clan.
All rescues, they are loving life here in
Ohio as much as the dogs!
there's a little about me. Feel free
to contact me if you have any other
questions about me, my training style, my
experience, etc. I do believe in a
very positive approach and the priority is
always for the dog and handler to be having
you for taking the time to learn more about
me and my dogs.