Shar was always an avid dog lover but in 1999 after being introduced to dog agility the sport became a passion. She began by training Meg’N, a small dark red Golden Retriever with lots of spunk. Since Meg’N was really her husband’s dog Shar helped to train her and then gave her handling duties over to Norm. Meg’N went on to become the First Golden in Colorado to earn a MACH and ADCH and went on to compete and climb the title ladder until she retired at 11 years of age. Wanting to get in on the handling fun Shar got another Golden, Kenzi, who earned 2 MACH’s, ADCH Bronze and competed in 4 National Championships until she died from Lymphoma at an early age in her life. Shar then moved on to compete with another Golden Retriever dynamo named Tar’n, and they amassed numerous achievements and continued to climb the agility success ladder. In 2011 Tar’n was a National Finalist for USDAA Performance Grand Prix, an honor bestowed on very few dogs in their lifetime. In June 2014 Tar'n became the 3rd Golden Retriever to ever achieve the USDAA Agility Dog Champion GOLD title. (ADCH GOLD) and she earned MACH3 and PACH2.. In 2013 Shar and Tar'n won Regional Master Challenge Biathlon in P22" and Tar'N retired in 2017. Shar went on to compete with Rev’N, who is Tar'Ns daughter, and they accumulated 5 MACHs, a Bronze ADCH and a Lifetime Achievement Bronze. In 2018 Rev'N was a world finalist in USDAA Cynosport Grand Prix. Sadly Rev'N passed away in 2019. In 2014 Shar started competing with Cruz'N a border collie who has 2 MACHs and an ADCH Bronze and in 2019 was a Cynosport world Grand Prix finalist and finished 3rd overall.
In addition to competing with her dogs, Shar is also a well-known and accomplished trainer, coach and seminar presenter whose students have accumulated many successes. Shar is also proud to note that several local trainers in the South Denver area have been coached by Shar over the years and they are now not only benefiting from Shar's coaching in competition but their students are benefiting too. Shar is also active in several local agility clubs and has been an avid supporter and advocate of agility in Colorado.
When not working and training in agility Shar and her dogs can also be seen on television and print ads as she is often called upon to show off her dogs skills for the camera.
Shar's many accomplishments:
AKC Nationals Qualifier for 17 years in a row with multiple dogs
USDAA Nationals Qualifier for 17 years with multiple dogs
2009 RM Regional Performance Team Champion Tar'N
2009 PGP 3rd place Regional Champion Tar'N
2011 USDAA National Performance Grand Prix Finalist Tar'N
2011 RM Regional Performance Grand Prix Champion Tar'N
2011 RM Regional Performance Speed Jumping Finalist Tar'N
2012 USDAA Nationals Semi-Finalist Tar'N
2012 PGP 3rd place Regional Champion Tar'N
2012 PSJ 2nd place Dallas. Regional Champion Tar'N
2012 PSJ 2nd place SW Regional Champion Tar'N
2012 PSJ 2nd place MW Regional Champion Tar'N
2013 SW Regional Master Challenge Biathlon
2013 PSJ Regional Champion Tar'N
USDAA Silver Lifetime achievement Tar'N
2015 PSJ 2nd Place Central Regional Champion Tar'N
2016 GP Semi-finalist Cruz'N
2017 PSJ 2nd place Regional Champion Rev'N
2017 PSJ 3rd place Regional Champion Rev'N
2018 GP 2nd place Regional Champion CruzN
2018 PGP Finalist Cynosport World Championships 7th place Rev'N
2018 GP Finalist Cruz'N
2018 GP Cynosport World Championship 3rd place Cruz'N
2018 DAM Team Finalist Cynosport World Championships Cruz'N
2019 Biathlon Regional Champion 1st Place Rev'N
Norm began his agility career in 1999 with Meg'N, a cute little Golden Retriever who needed something to do. In no time at all it was clear Meg'N really liked this new game called agility. She sailed through Novice and Open and before she was 3 she had her MX and MXJ and she was only 4 when she earned her first MACH. In 2004 she earned her MACH, ADHF and ADCH. Meg'N retired at the age of 11 with 6 Master Agility Championship titles, an ADCH Bronze and a Bronze Lifetime achievement award She was the first Golden Retriever in Colorado to earn these dog agility Championship titles. Meg'N left us in January 2013 at the age of 14 1/2. She will always be in our hearts as the dog who introduced us to the sport of agility.
In the Spring of 2005 Norm adopted a lovable little Border Collie that we call Fl'N. When we first brought Fl'N home he was pretty shy, and didn't know how to play. He quickly made friends with the other dogs, it wasn't long before he was a part of the family. Norm and Shar started training Fl'N right away and he entered his first competition in April 2006 and moved into Excellent in January 2007. He was fast and loved the game of agility. Fl'N retired in 2017 after qualifying and competing in every AKC and USDAA National championship since 2007. He earned MACH2, ADCH Silver and won 1st place in the large dog agility Purina Incredible Dog Challenge in 2012
Norm also competes with Race'N, one of Tar'Ns 11 puppies born in 2009. Race'N has MACH2 and ADCH Silver. He has competed in AKC and USDAA Nationals every year since 2011 and was an AKC National Finalist in 2018 Race'N is following in his mothers footsteps as a TV and print star, showing off his stuff for commercials and advertisements.
In 2017 Norm started competing with his newest agility dog, Ast'N. Nephew to Cruz'N from Rival Kennels in Canada Ast'N is a fireball. Ast'N competes in Masters in both AKC and USDAA and is already qualified for Cynosport 2019 and well on his way to a MACH.
AKC Nationals Qualifier for 20 years in a row with multiple dogs
USDAA Nationals Qualifier for 20 years with multiple dogs
2008 Performance GP National Finalist Meg'N
2008 RM Regional Performance GP Champion Meg'N
2011 RM Regional USDAA Grand Prix Finalist Meg'N
2012 USDAA Regionals Steeplechase Champion FL'N
2012 Purina Incredible Dog Challenge regional winner FL'N
2012 Purina IDC National Large Dog agility winner Fl'N
2014 Steeplechase 3rd place Regional Champion Race'N
2014 Steeplechase 3rd place Regional Champion Fl'N
2015 Steeplechase 2nd place Regional Champion Fl'N
2016 Steeplechase 2nd place Regional Champion Race'N
2016 Grand Prix 2nd place Regional Champion Race'N
2016 PSJ 1st place Regional Champion Fl'N
2016 PSJ 3rd place Regional Champion Fl'N
2017 Steeplechase 3rd Place Regional Champion Race'N
2018 AKC National Finalist Race'N
2018 Steeplechase 3rd place Regional Champion Race'N
2018 Grand Prix 2nd place Regional Champion Race'N
2018 Dam Team finalist USDAA World Championships Race'N
2018 Steeplechase National Semi-finalist Ast'N
2019 Steeplechase & GP Semi-finalist Ast'N
2019 Grand Prix Regional Finalist 2nd Place Race'N
Twila Joined FlyN Paws as an instructor in 2021 and she's a very welcome addition to Team FlyN Paws. Twila has been a student at FlyN Paws over the past several years.