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Loretta Mueller | Team USA CoachLoretta Mueller is the 2019 Team USA Coach. She has been involved in agility since starting with her rescue dog Ace in 2004. Since then she has ran Border Collies and also trained Crackers the JRT who was on the WAO team as the #1 win on for the 300’s in past years. Crackers has represented the WAO Team USA every year since 2013, winning many medals. She has achieved 3 ADCH’s (also several Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze ADCH’s) She has been a Silver Medalist at the Cynosport World Championships. And is no stranger to the finals, having ran multiple dogs in all 3 finals (Grand Prix, Steeplechase and DAM Team) many years in a row. She has also won top spots at USDAA Regionals. She has also been the Assistant Coach for the 2014 IFCS Team USA who competed in the Netherlands. Loretta teaches agility full time, in Minnesota, at Full Tilt Dog Training. She also gives seminars all over the US, Mexico and Canada as well as online classes through the Fenzi Dog Sports Academy.
Dave Grubel | Team USA Assistant CoachDave Grubel is the 2019 assistant coach. He has been involved in agility since 1999 with his first dog, an Australian Shepherd, Tahoe. He later started competing with his Border Collie, Killy and then Aussies Boca and Elektra. Dave has earned multiple championships titles on his past and current dogs, across USDAA, AKC and ASCA. Dave also judges agility for USDAA, UKI and ASCA. Dave has been on six agility world teams throughout his career with Boca, including WAO, IFCS and EO, and earned individual and team medals at both IFCS and WAO. Dave was the IFCS Team USA Assistant Coach in 2014 and the IFCS CCOE Team USA coach in 2013. Outside of agility, Dave has a full time day job, managing digital payments at a major financial institution.
Ivette White | Team USA ManagerIvette White is the 2019 team manager. She has been involved in agility since 1996 when she started competing with her Dalmatian, Reese. She later started competing with her Jack Russell Terrier, Dasher and added two more Jacks to her pack, Zip and Zorro. In 2013 she added a toy poodle, Roxy, to the family. Ivette has earned ADCh’s on all four of her current dogs and they have been on USDAA’s Top Ten list numerous times. Ivette has also been to the finals at many Cynosport events making it to the podium on several occasions. Ivette has been on nine agility world teams at IFCS and WAO throughout her career with Zip and Roxy. She has earned individual and team medals at both IFCS and WAO. Ivette is a OneMind Dogs assistant coach and teaches agility part time and also has a full time day job managing her and her husband’s tech startup company.
Liza Buckner & Jefe – 300Bio and info coming soon!!
Susan Cochran & Hedy – 300Susan is very excited to attend the WAO again but this time with her Miniature Poodle “Hedy”. Hedy is a seasoned International competitor and always up for the challenge. She runs fast and loud and every run with her is pure excitement. We are very much looking forward to this years WAO and representing the USA.
Britney Imhof & Bilbo – 300
Jen Pinder & Dayla – 300Bio and info coming soon!!
Andy Mueller & Tush – 300Bio and info coming soon!!
Tracey Luggiero & Mouse – 300 AlternatesBio and info coming soon!!
Abbey Beasley & Swindle – 400Bio and info coming soon!!
Chip Gerfen & Trudi – 400Bio and info coming soon!!
Emily Peacock & Thomas – 400Emily lives in Falmouth, MA and works full-time as a researcher in biological oceanography. Emily started agility in 2005 and trained and competed with three Chihuahuas before Thomas, a Shetland Sheepdog joined the family. Thomas, three years old, and Emily are thrilled to be part of WAO team USA, a first for both of them.
Lisa Topol & Plop – 400Lisa has been competing in Agility for over 10 years. She’s won several national and regional events with her dogs and this will be her second world team with Plop. She’s especially proud to represent rescue mystery mutts at the international level. She’s also thankful that Plop is the best partner a person could ever ask for with his always-sunny personality, big brain in a wee body, and zest for just about everything he does. When Lisa isn’t running her dogs, she’s the Chief Creative Officer at the advertising agency, DDB NY. Living in the non-agility capital of the world, New York City, has also meant Lisa practices most of her agility skills in a backyard the size of a postage stamp and apartment hallways. But she thinks it works out for the best as it forces more of a focus on strong foundations. Lisa also has two other incredible and talented and noisy rescue dogs, Schmutzy and Wedgie, and a little budi named Tinkle who is Plop’s best friend.
Shenna Lemche & Dynamite! – 400 AlternatesBio and info coming soon!!
Bridget Thomas & Grape – 400 Alternates
Bridget Thomas has been involved in agility and dog training since 1997 and is really excited to have been chosen as an alternate for the 2019 WAO team with her youngster, Grape. Bridget and her dogs have competed all over the country, and in lots of different sports, but agility has always been their main focus. Grape is scruffy and tenacious, and at just 2.5 years old she is just getting started.
Bridget’s pack includes Grape, her two retired border collies, a baby border-whippet, a pony, and last, but not least her very supportive husband. You can find her outside.