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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
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 have been chosen to represent the USA internationally ten times, including three Agility World Championships. Cassie’s young poodle, True, also represented the US at the European Open in 2018 and 2019.
Cassie and her husband, David, live in Lee’s Summit, MO. Cassie and David have three grown children and three adorable grandchildren.