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IFCS Team Member Profile: Robin Newman

Meet IFCS Team USA member Robin Newman and her dog Rabbit.


We will be featuring profiles of all of the IFCS Team USA members in preparation for the World Agility Championships in April in Spain. Today's profile is Robin Newman and Rabbit!

Where do you live?

We live on a small horse farm in southern Wisconsin.

How did you first get involved with agility?

We moved from Maryland to Wisconsin in early 2000. Due to a lack of horse competition, I started to look around for other competitive sports to compete in.

What made you decide to compete?  

Seemed to be a natural progression from equestrian competition to dog agility.

Do you participate in any other dog sports or training with your dogs?  

No.

Tell us more about the dog you will be competing with as an IFCS Team Member?  

Jack Russell Terrier, four-years-old. Rabbit.

Does your dog have any quirks or unique habits that you loved to share?

Jack Russell, need I say more!

Do you have other dogs/pets aside from your IFCS dog? Tell us more about them:  

We have two horses, three dogs. 2x Border/Staff mix and a Jack/Corgi mix. I compete all of them with the exception of the Jack/Corgi mix, he is a retired Champion.

Describe for us what you do in your "other" non-agility life, work life? 

My husband and I are both retired. I spend my time working on the farm and competing/training dogs.

How does it feel to be on the IFCS Team this year?

Just WOW!

What are you looking forward to the most at the World Agility Championship event in Spain this April?  

Just competing and watching the best teams in the world.

Do you do anything special to prepare yourself for a big competition?

Compared to horse eventing, stepping to the line with your dog is easier. I just enjoy the competition. No matter how "big" the trial, we always try to do our very best.

People who enjoy agility with their dogs are often intimidated by the idea of competition - what advice would you give them to encourage them to take the plunge?

Just a game you play with your dog. Have fun with it.

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