The US Open, will be held in Jacksonville, FL  in November 2018, and is the tryout event for the WAO Team USA.

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Loretta Mueller | Team USA Coach

Loretta 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 Coach

Dave 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 Manager

Ivette 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 – 300

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Susan Cochran & Hedy – 300

Susan 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

Britney’s passion in life is doing agility with her dogs, and she is the owner of Happy Thoughts Agility to help others that share that passion. Bilbo is the fiercest little dog, and runs every run with all his heart.He’s had an incredible career with making the European Open team for the last 4 years including competing in EO team finals in 2018, compete on the Agility World Championship team USA, helped the 2016 WAO team get the GOLD medal, recently became the 12″ National Agility Champion at AKC NAC, and several other notable accomplishments. Britney considers herself immensely blessed to have been chosen by this little dog to be his person. She believes that the bond, trust, and love are the most critical parts of becoming a team with your dog. Britney & Bilbo are honored to be a part of the 2019 WAO team USA team and can’t wait to go to the Netherlands to show the world what we’ve got!

Jen Pinder & Dayla – 300

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Andy Mueller & Tush – 300

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Tracey Luggiero & Mouse – 300 Alternates

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Abbey Beasley & Swindle – 400

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Chip Gerfen & Trudi – 400

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Emily Peacock & Thomas – 400

Emily 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 – 400

Lisa 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 Alternates

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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.


Channan Fosty & Kirk – 500

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Cynthia Hornor & Spice – 500

Cynthia is thrilled to be a part of the 2019 WAO Team USA with her border collie Spice. Spice is a three time WAO team member and has won a team gold medal at the 2016 WAO in England. Spice is a multi time national champion that excels at jumping and turning. We look forward to doing our best in the Netherlands!

Brenda Kelly & Deja Vu – 500

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Melanie Miller & Integrity – 500

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David Kurtz & Snips – 500 Alternate

David Kurtz and Snips were members of Bronze medal-winning Team USA at WAO in 2017. They won the UKI National Championship back-to-back in 2017 and 2018 and shared two podiums at Cynosport 2016.

Jessica Ajoux & Fame(US) – 500 Alternate

Jessica Ajoux lives in Wyncote PA and she does lots of agility, but she really likes agility so that’s a good thing. Optimus Prime is a 4 year old Border Collie. He likes to throw his toys in the air and catch them. But he’s not good at catching frisbees. That’s fine though, because he likes agility. This is first time he is on an international team. His mom is very excited. Fame(US) is an 8 1/2 year old Border Collie. She loves agility a lot too, but she does not love Doritos. She was on the WAO team last year and perhaps, if you ask her in a moment of weakness, she’d say she’s proud of Optimus.

Jessica Ajoux & Optimus Prime – 600

Jessica Ajoux lives in Wyncote PA and she does lots of agility, but she really likes agility so that’s a good thing. Optimus Prime is a 4 year old Border Collie. He likes to throw his toys in the air and catch them. But he’s not good at catching frisbees. That’s fine though, because he likes agility. This is first time he is on an international team. His mom is very excited. Fame(US) is an 8 1/2 year old Border Collie. She loves agility a lot too, but she does not love Doritos. She was on the WAO team last year and perhaps, if you ask her in a moment of weakness, she’d say she’s proud of Optimus.

Perry DeWitt & Verb – 600

Perry DeWitt and Verb live in Wyncote, PA (with Jessica Ajoux, Optimus Prime and Fame(US) along with the rest of the pack of dogs…) Believe it or not, they have a dog free zone in their house. This is not a lie. Perry enjoys sharing food and breaking out into silly awkward dances. Verb is a 5 year old Border Collie, loves agility and sleeping in. He has a great singing voice and smiles when he’s happy.

Shane Miller & Luna – 600

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Laura Pryse & Daredevil – 600

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Melanie Rock & Puma – 600 Alternate

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Kimberly Stuber & Fallon – 600 Alternate

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