Soon after getting married in 1978, Sue and husband Peter purchased their first ever dog Jessie, a Working Sheepdog. Sue took her to training classes run by her breeders, Joy and Eddie Pratt. This was the best possible start for Sue and Jessie, as not only did they understand the breed but were active Obedience judges and had competed for many years. So after attending Bournemouth Open Obedience Show in 1980 to scoreboard the Beginner dog class, Sue was hooked. She started to compete with Jessie in 1981. Since then she had competed regularly up and including Championship C, so far with six working sheepdogs. Sue also judges all levels of obedience, including at Crufts in 2013. Sue has also been an active Kennel Club representative, 20 years for obedience and now for Rally. The Kennel club adopted Rally in 2013 when the first licensed events were held. Sue competes in and judges Rally. She has successfully competed to level 6 with her working sheepdog Abby, gaining her Level 6 Excellent award. Sue started instructing in 1986, assisting more experienced trainers at Winchester City DTC, and has since run classes for pet, competition obedience and rally. She is delighted to introduce Rally to Winchester City Dog Training Club members.
David has been involved with dog sports from a youngster. Initially this was in the show ring with a number of breeds. He has also competed at Agility, HTM and Obedience. With Disney, David has been in the main arena at Crufts on more than one occasion for HTM, and obtained Agility and Obedience Warrants as well competing at Championship C class. A great believer in this has to be fun for both handler and dog. Enjoys the challenges that training can bring and often sees that what works for one is not necessarily the answer for the next.
Sue has grown up around dogs of all shapes and sizes, at present she owns 4 crossbreed bitches, the first being given to her in 2001 a Collie X New Zealand Huntaway. Sue decided to try her hand at competition obedience with this bitch and went from pre-beginners to C with her. To date she has two dogs working C and her youngster working A & B.