Our Instructors

Kelli Abramovich

I have been with Jumping Chollas since 2009.  I currently have a super cute, little black lab named Jazzy Fae.  Jazz has her AKC PACH (Preferred Agility Championship) title!  She is my first agility dog and the first Master title I have put on a dog.  We also work in animal assisted therapy.  I teach high school for a living and have a Master’s degree in Education.  I love teaching and I love agility.  I am currently teaching Foundations and Intermediate I.  I look forward to meeting you and sharing my love of dog agility!

Sue Boe

One day back in 2000 my husband and I were walking our dogs in a local park when we came upon an agility trial. I had never seen anything like it before. I was mesmerized by the communication and relationship I was seeing between dog and handler. I was watching a dance were the dog/handler team flowed through an obstacle course, some at amazing speeds, with a connection I didn’t know was possible. I had to try it! That was 16 years ago. My Aussie/mix (Pepper) earned 3 NADAC NATCHs and her Elite All Around award before retiring from agility 2 years ago. I am currently training my two border collies (Ole and Dina). I have been a member of Jumping Chollas since 2000 and an instructor for the Foundation and Relationship class since 2009. I also took over the coordination for this class in 2014. I am so glad we went for that walk!

Amy Ballen

I have trained with Jumping Chollas since the fall of 1998. I have instructed the Intermediate II class and for the last 3 years instruct the Foundation class.  My two older Keeshonds, Sonny and Beau, now retired, competed at the Elite level in NADAC and obtained MX and MXJ titles in  AKC.  I currently compete with Luke, Keeshond, and Raleigh, Sheltie, in AKC and NADAC.  Luke has earned his MX, MXJ and MXF AKC titles and is working toward his MACH.  He competes in NADAC at the Elite level.

Yvette Cook

I started training my first agility dog, Riley, in the fall of 2007 and began instructing the Beginner I & II classes in the fall of 2009. I learn more and more each time I instruct and compete.  I was previously  club secretary for many years and am a licensed NADAC judge and test secretary for many of JCAC's NADAC trials.  In 2009, I got my 2nd agility dog, Roxie, and started competing with her in the fall of 2010. Agility is a blast and I’ve have met some great people who have become. In the summer of 2012, I stared training a new puppy, Ryot, and look forward to many more years of agility.

Roger Coor

I have trained for canine performance events since 1988, instructed Obedience for 10 years and now have instructed Agility for 14 years. I’ve participated in and/or have won at Championships in NADAC, AKC, and USDAA with multiple dogs. I have been on the AKC: USA FICA World Team twice with my dog Moso with some of the runs the fastest at the event.  I am a former Obedience Judge & for the past dozen years, I have been a licensed Agility judge. I have given agility workshops all over the USA and Canada in the last 10 years.  Perhaps due to my unconventional “formal” training at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, I tend to think a lot out of the box including agility and address each dog on its own terms.  I believe happy confident dogs with focused relaxed handlers do better.  Just like people not all dogs think and react alike, it takes a sympathetic mind and eye to adapt to what works for different dogs. As a trainer or an instructor all I want to do is to bring out the best in a dog and handler; that is all I can control.

Monica Garrett

I have three Miniature American Shepherds as my team mates in this wonderful sport of agility - Echo (5 years), Midas (4) and Pan (2).  I help teach Foundation and Relationship, Beginner 1, Beginner 2, and Intermediate 1.  I compete in AKC, USDAA, and some ASCA.  Before coming to agility I rode, trained, and showed reining horses for about 18 years, until they got too expensive to keep.  I have always had animals growing up on a ranch in Marana near Tucson,  and been in a show ring of some sort.  I guess it’s in my blood! 

Becky Gilbert

I’ve been with Jumping Chollas for over ten years. I love the connection that Agility gives me with my dogs, and I enjoy helping others with learning techniques and skills. I especially love working with Junior Handlers, and appreciate the support that Jumping Chollas offers to help young people learn the sport of Agility.  I’m primarily owned by Australian Shepherds, but have been known to train the occasional Corgi, rescue mutt, and yes, even a miniature poodle (shh, don’t tell the Aussies, I’ll never live it down). My motto has always been “What are the 6 key words to the question why are we here? "TO HAVE FUN WITH OUR DOGS”, as the folks on this page can attest (I may have been redundant a time or three). You’ve entered a wonderful world of fun, community, fun, camaraderie, fun, competition, and of course FUN. If you keep with it, I’m sure we’ll meet down the road.

Ann Hammersly

I’ve been training with Jumping Chollas since 2002 and have been an instructor at the Intermediate and Advanced levels since 2007.  I’m a big believer in having a great time with my rescue dogs and that our dogs should know it when they’ve done something right! My veteran dog Bailey competes in NADAC and has earned multiple champion titles, as well as doing impressive work as a therapy dog with developmentally delayed high school students; my youngster Cody is having a lot of fun learning the sport with me.  In earlier days, Tazzie was the dog who taught me agility and Casey was the one who taught me humility – or at least how to entertain the crowd!  In my less interesting life, I am a retired physics and chemistry teacher and a consultant in science education/technology.  I always wished that teenagers were as trainable as canines!

Julie Harbo

I usually instruct the Advanced classes and am an agility addict.  I mainly stay in the Phoenix area to compete with my Kamikaze Kite and now my Singing Chicken!  I am constantly amazed at how the dogs read us and how much they are capable of learning if you take the time.  My girls and I love the challenge of a tough course and are always out there to try to conquer the course in style. I absolutely adore teaching and look forward to each and every class.

Wendy Hultsman

I have been teaching for Jumping Chollas since 1996 and was president of the club for 17 years. I have taught almost all the levels but now coordinate the Monday night Advanced class and also teach advanced classes on Tuesday evening. I started agility with my Golden Retriever Sam who certainly taught me to be humble! He was a tough dog to compete with and it took a year before we got our first Q! I soon discovered that I really liked Australian Shepherds. Racquette was my first Aussie and what a girl she was! Over her long career she amassed 50 agility championship titles (across three different agility venues) and won her height division at the NADAC Championships 3 times. I now have three Aussie sons, Qyette, a feisty bi-blue merle, Phlash, a “spirit dog” to Racquette, and Odie…a little spit fire who sings his way around a course. Qye and Phlash have multiple Championship titles across the venues and Odie is following suit.

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