In charge of parking, ticket sales, parking and multiple other jobs…….
I was only recently exposed to trialing, in the last three or four years and as a suburban girl from outside Portland, Oregon, was pretty shocked and impressed by the whole thing. The dogs, already with their natural inclination and ability, the handlers with their wordless control, and the beautiful scenic pastures where you get to hang out and watch. Seemed like a pretty cool thing though I would not have been involved were it not for the generosity of the Strang family. In hosting the 2011 national finals, the Strangs selected Aspen Valley Land Trust to be the recipient of the trials proceeds. I’ve worked for the land trust for over 8 years and though I do a variety of duties, few of them get me out on the land. My background is as a professional photographer but now I do mostly event planning, accounting and graphic design. Every day my 15 year old wolf/husky/german shepherd mix Nelle and I head to work after a round at the Carbondale dog park and she snores loudly while the rest of us try to conserve land from future development. It is a great job that I can go home feeling really good about and I get to meet awesome people like Mike, Kit, Lathrop and Bridget Strang. AVLT has again been selected as the beneficiary of the 2014 national finals and I will be at the ranch all week parking cars, selling tickets and cheering on the competition (with a propensity to cheer just a little louder for the old girls!) and hope to meet some of you up at the ranch.