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IFCS Team Profile: Cynthia Hornor

A profile of IFCS Team USA Member Cynthia Hornor and her dog Spice.


Where do you live?

Ellicott City, Maryland

How did you first get involved with agility? 

I bought a Sheltie in 1998 and took him to an agility trial for socialization. I had grown up riding and competing with horses and agility looked fun, so I signed him up for a class at a local club. I was instantly hooked. 

What made you decide to compete?

It seemed to be the thing that you did when your dog knew how to do all of the obstacles.

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

I have competed with all my dogs in herding and all except my newest pup are titled in it. I have also put a CD and RN on Dash.

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

Spice is an incredible dog, both on and off of the field. She is the sweetest Border Collie and loves all people. She has done much in her career, including winning two national championships and two international medals. This is her fourth trip to Europe to compete in agility.

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

Spice loves to dig up rocks and then barks at them!

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

I have Rowdy, my 12-year-old Border Collie, who had a great career before being retired. Virtue, my young Sheltie, who competes and is starting to put things together (although he is a bit impulsive and pushy!), and Spice's son, Truant, who is seven-months-old. I just lost my oldest Sheltie Dash and miss him every day. Losing a dog makes you definitely appreciate every single run. They are not ever with us long enough.

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

I teach agility classes, lessons and seminars.

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

I am thrilled to be on the IFCS team traveling to Spain. It is always an honor to represent the USA overseas.

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

I really enjoyed the WAC in Italy two years ago. It is a fun event with perhaps the most team camaraderie. Since it has only one ring you get to spend a lot of time cheering on your teammates and getting to know them. I also look forward to running the courses and testing mine and Spice's skills and teamwork. 

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

Tracy Sklenar has been an incredible coach (and we are not even at the event yet!) She has given us many skills and drills to practice, so I have done many of them. I have also worked on some things that Spice and I struggle with. In addition, both Spice and I have been working out to make sure we are physically at our 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 do it, its fun and you will meet many wonderful people. Most in my area are very willing to help newcomers feel welcomed.

Do you have a favorite dog from a book, movie, TV-show or video game?

Definitely Eddie from Frasier. I loved that terrier!

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