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Lori has been involved in dog sports for over 30 years, and has been an agility instructor for the last 16. She has represented the USA internationally eight times in her career with her Sheltie, Skye and Border Collie, Solei. Lori and Solei have earned medals in individual and/or team events in 6 of their 8 international competitions (World Agility Open (2012-2015), FCI Agility World Championship (2015, 2016 and 2017) and IFCS World Agility Championship (2014).
Although she and her dogs have enjoyed success in both national and international competition, Lori has a passion for teaching her students the necessary connection and teamwork to reach their own goals with their dogs. Lori has owned and trained multiple mix-breed rescues, golden retrievers, Shetland sheepdogs and border collies. Her household is currently run by 3 border collies, Solei, C-Ya and Mooz along with Sheltie puppy, Aero.
You can learn more about Lori and training opportunities with her at www.lorimichaelsagility.com
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Cassie Schmidt began competing in dog agility in 2006 with the family Labradoodle, Roxy, as a hobby. However, both Cassie and Roxy found agility so much fun that it soon became an obsession. Cassie and Roxy began training with Lori Michaels in 2007.
Cassie and her dogs have won several National Championships. In 2014, her miniature poodle, Bliss, won both the AKC National Agility Championship and the USDAA Grand Prix Championship. Cassie and Bliss represented the USA internationally eleven times during Bliss's career, including three Agility World Championships and seven European Open Championships. Cassie’s current competition poodle, True, represented the USA at the Agility World Championships in 2022, and at the European Open every year since 2018. Cassie's youngest poodles, Glow and Sola, are just beginning their agility careers.
Cassie and her husband, David, live in Lee’s Summit, MO. They have three grown children and six adorable grandchildren.