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Stuart

Stuart

Stuart Mah has been one of the nation's leading and innovative agility personalities for more than two decades. He is considered one of the foremost authorities on course design and course analysis. Stuart has won 6 national championships, 2 world championships and has been a 9-time member of USA international agility teams. Most recently, Stuart and his 4 year old Border Collie "Ares" earned 4 gold medals and 1 silver at the 2012 IFCS World Championships.

In 1991 Stuart was inducted into the USDAA Agility Hall of Fame and in 1995 was the USDAA's Agility Person of the Year. He was also designated as an Agility Pioneer by USDAA in 2005. He has served on agility advisory boards for both USDAA and AKC. Stuart has written articles for numerous magazines and is also the author of several books on agility, including "Fundamentals of Course Design for Dog Agility" and "Course Analysis for Agility Handlers". He has also worked with television and media groups such as PBS, Animal Planet, and National Geographic about agility.

Stuart not only excels at competing with his own dogs but is also brilliant at teaching others how to reach their agility goals. Stuart works with all breeds of dogs with special emphasis placed on customizing the help for each individual dog and handler. Stuart's training programs offer the opportunity for handlers to learn why their dogs do what they do and how to easily train them for better results. This opportunity affords the handler a more thorough knowledge of agility training than just obstacle performance and handling alone. Students learn that how a dog gets to an obstacle is just as important as doing the obstacle. In addition, Stuart focuses on teaching the dog to use his body effectively for better performance and minimizing risk of injury.

Pati

Pati and Lilly

Pati Hatfield Mah began agility in 1993 as a way to give her Belgian Malinois, Lilly (CH, ADCH, APD, MACH, U-ACH, CDX, MXP, MJP, NAC, NGC, RS-N, CGC) something else to do. Pati and Lilly quickly became one of the top teams competing in the sport. They were members of the AKC World Agility Team in both 1996 and 1997, representing the United States in international competition in Switzerland and Denmark. They won the 1997 USDAA Grand Prix National Championship, 30 inch division with the fastest time of all jump heights.

Pati and Lilly were also members of the winning team at the 1997 USDAA Dog Agility Masters Team Tournament in Fairhill, MD. Pati and Lilly finished second at the 1998 AKC nationals, 20 inch division, and the 1999 USDAA nationals, 26 inch division.

Pati's dogs include her Malinois, Gracie (CH, ADCH, U-AGII, AX, MXJ), her Border Collie, Jet (ADCH, APD, MX, MXJ, XF), and her young dog, Luke.

Prior to agility, Pati worked extensively with modifying problem behavior in family dogs. For this reason there is a great deal of focus in her training programs on the behavioral aspects of training - both dogs and handlers, as well as solving problems.