- Leodens What In Blue
Myvale Primo A Blue
- 3/ 9/95- 2/17/2007
- GM JM
- TN-E WV-E
- RS-E, JS-E,
- TN-E WV-E
- MXJ, MX
- RS-E, GS-E,
- * First West
Coast CPE Ch.
- *First Sheltie
- AX, AXJ
- O-EAC, EJC,
- RS-E, GS-E, JS-E
- dual CDs
- Diamond P's Raging
- Born 6/23/04
- OAJ, AX, OF
- PJ1, PG1,
- CD, RN
- 1 JH PASS
- CoeFen I M A BZ BZ
- Born 8/10/04
- AX, AXJ, OF
- CL4-S, CL4-F,
- HTADIIs, HRDIs
- HSAs (with
a HIT & RHIT)
- "Let me be
the person my dog thinks I am"
- We feel who we are,
as trainers, is best reflected by our
- K9 partners above
and our students
- Jessica with Leasa,
Marna with Micah
- Marna and Jessica have been training
agility students since 1996 as well as competing in Agility trials
since about 1994 in USDAA, NADAC, AKC, CPE and ASCA. Their
dogs have qualified several years to attend the annual championship
shows in the main agility organizations. At a recent trial their
dogs, Micah and Max were HIT and 2nd HIT of all jump heights.
They are members of agility clubs and regularly update new handling
techniques by attending seminars presented by top trainers and
handlers from both the US and Europe.
- Marna Obermiller
- At 1998 ASSA Herding
- obtaining a "Pre-Trial"
- Marna "started"
in dogs while in Jr. High School, showing her family's mixed-breed,
Felicity, in Obedience. After achieving a HIT
perfect score of 200 points at an Obedience fun match the judge
urged her parents to purchase a purebred dog for her to pursue
Obedience trialing. She was given a Sheltie puppy in 1967,
"Edie", who became "Danlos Elfin Delite
of Myvale CD, CDX". In the 3 years before Marna graduated
from High School, Edie's accomplishments for her owner
included HITs, High Score Jr. Handler, a 199 1/2
score, and being chosen as part of the team representing
the Mt. Diablo DTC at an inner-club challenge match.
- Marna went on to
establish Myvale Kennels breeding and showing Shetland Sheepdogs
in conformation until about 1990. She has obtained titles
on her Shelties in Obedience, Conformation, Agility,
and Herding. When her daughter, Jessica, started
training and showing in Agility and she saw how much fun the
dogs and their people were having, Marna developed what
she always has referred to as "dog withdrawal symptoms"
and went out and purchased "Micah" (Leodens What
In Blue Blazes) .
- Micah was a most
special dog, with the most wonderful outlook on life, and the
deep rooted bond created between the two of them through agility
training was indescribable. They were "buddies", and
Marna learned as much from Micah as he did from her. Fast, quick,
usually in "the blues" Micah was a thrill to run, and
a challenge. Dear Micah crossed the bridge in 2007, leaving Marna
- In 2004 due to Marna's
concern of Micah's age, she broke down and brought home a new
family member, a little Border Collie, the first "non-Sheltie"
Marna has ever owned. Humorously registered as CoeFen I M A BZ
BZ B, Wren is an absolute delight; sweet, biddable but serious
in her work and liquid quick. Just when Wren was reaching her
competitive peak in agility in 2008 ( 2 Qs short of her USDAA
MAD title) a series of injuries pulled her out of competition.
She has since sporadically been training in herding. Which, no
surprise, she loves as much as agility!
- Jessica Obermiller
- Winning 1st place at
her first AKC Agility Trial
On the Start
line of her Championship Run
- Jessica was raised
with the Myvale Shelties from birth, playing with puppies, feeding
them, grooming them. When Marna retired the kennel, Jessica
was given her very own puppy, "Leasa" (Myvale
Primo A Blue Muse) along with the total responsibility
of care and training of the puppy although Jessica was only 6
years old at the time! She has always been a natural with
dogs and has always amazed people with her "magic touch"
with even the most unruly dogs!
- When about 9 years
old she took Leasa to two 6 week obedience training sessions.
Jessica later achieved in only 8 days of Obedience trials dual
CDs in AKC and ASCA, along with several 1st placements,
a HIT, 2nd HIT and High Score Jr. Handler!
Marna even talked her into taking Leasa to a couple of
AHBA Herding tests where they achieved their HCT title.
- However, after
discovering Agility it was evident this was THE venue for the
Jessica/Leasa team and at 11 years old, Jessica was out
competing with adults and hauling home ribbons, as many
"Blues" as the other colors. They qualified to
attend the NADAC World Championship trial in 1996 and came home
with 2 Sixth Place rosettes and 1 Seventh Place rosette...when
only 13 years old!
- After retiring Leasa
at 10 years old, Jessica began competing hot and heavy with her
next agility dog, Max (Leoden's Maximum Velocity), a sheltie,
and received their NADAC Agility Trial Championship(NATCH) by
the age of 2 years old. A year and a half later, with multiple
High In Trials, Max was the first West Coast Dog and First Sheltie
to receive a CPE Championship(CATCH). Max is now retired from
agility due to a shoulder injury, just a few Double Q's shy of
his AKC Agility Championship(MACH).
- In 2004 Jessica decided
to change breeds and started training her field bred Chocolate
Labrador Retriever puppy, Cajun, for Agility, Obedience and Hunt
Tests. Cajun proved to be an amazingly fast and agile dog and
acceled in agility. Jessica and Cajun compete in AKC, CPE, UKI
and USDAA agility venues, as well as AKC Obedience, Rally-O and
Hunt Tests. Although their trialing schedule is infrequent right
now, watching them run agility is a thrill, and Cajun is known
far and wide for breaking weave poles and dislodging tunnels
- Remy, a beautiful
Chocolate Labrador Retriever puppy, is the newest addition. Remy
is Jessica's pick from the breeding of Cajun to Diamond P Madrone
Sweettree in December 2010. Keep your eyes open for her debut
in 2012, she is quite a spitfire!
- Jessica is a pre-school
teacher during the day, and lives in Lodi with her boyfriend,
Steve where they share their life with their dogs and chickens.