Julie first became involved in agility in 1996. Her first (and only) Belgian Tervuren Rival (Ch OTCH MACH Chateau d\\\\\\\'Vie\\\\\\\'s Hors de Pair UDX2 HT) was one year old when she signed up for a local agility class. A little over 6 months later she entered her first agility trial. It took them 10 tries to get their Novice title! Rival was a natural but Julie had to improve her game so that she could keep up with Rival. A lot of retraining and many seminars later, this duo reached all their goals going from Novice A to becoming the first CH OTCH MACH Belgian Tervuren (Oct 2005).
Julie and Rival have qualified for every AKC agility nationals since 1998. They competed at both the 1998 and 2000 Nationals and were invited to compete at the 2001 AKC agility invitational based on their 2nd place finish in one of the individual JWW national rounds. Their biggest accomplishment was in 2002, where Julie and Rival were awarded \\\\\\\"Ultimate Dog\\\\\\\" for their combined obedience and agility scores at the All Star Performance Dog Association. This led to their \\\\\\\"cover girls\\\\\\\" photo in the February 2003 issue of Front and Finish!
In 1998, a core group of people in the Rochester, NY area formed a local backyard agility club. Julie became an instructor for the club and has been hooked on teaching and trialing ever since! She also teaches on her own under the name \\\\\\\"Canine Rivalr\\\\\\\"?. In addition to agility, Julie has titled dogs in obedience, herding, conformation, and flyball. Julie also shares her life with her husband Ken, their son Ryan, and 12 year old all-American Dreyfus. Julie works full-time at Xerox as a Software Engineer.