BOARD OF DIRECTORS

As volunteers, our Board is here to serve you. Feel free to approach them with your thoughts or suggestions. You are also invited to attend Board meetings.

Sandy Eccker, President

From the moment I saw a working border collie, I was hooked.  That was over 25 years ago when a friend invited me to a local trial in Southern California.

 

Like many others, I quickly changed my life to include moving to a farm in Oregon, acquiring a flock of sheep, and owning working dogs.  Currently, I live on a 28-acre farm in Yelm, Washington with about thirty sheep and five border collies.  Three of my dogs are senior retirees and the other two are young and up-and-coming.

To this day, I am still in awe of the dogs' ability to work in partnership to manage livestock.  What I have also learned through the years is a great appreciation and respect for the sheep.  

 

Trialing is challenging, frustrating and rewarding at the same time.  When a good run comes together, it is one of the best feelings ever.  I have had the opportunity to trial several highly talented dogs and run in national level events.  My greatest successes were winning the Colliding Rivers Classic, finishing third at the Lacamas Valley Sheepdog Trial and making the semifinals at the U.S. National Finals.

I also find judging very rewarding.  It requires tremendous focus and a commitment to impartiality.  I believe judging makes you a better handler because it trains you to visualize the course and pay attention to the sheeps' demeanor.

Maggi McClure, Vice President

I've been participating in the world of herding after I got my first Border Collie in 1997.  I attended a Kathy Knox clinic and was seriously hooked. Fast forward to today: I live on Vashon Island with my husband and 11-year-old son, 8+/- BCs, and a small flock of about 40 sheep. I am currently the WASH President, the Executive Director of the Vashon Sheepdog Classic, a lifetime member of WASH, ABCA, and the USBCHA. I am a CPDT-KA dog trainer, stockdog trainer, herding coach, and occasionally a breeder. 

 

I believe there is a need for a club that supports young (and young at heart) handlers in gaining knowledge and experience that lessens the stress on sheep/cattle and their dogs--a team of people committed to mentorship and community. I've been fortunate to have many people share their knowledge and guide my journey. I feel it is important than our herding community has a supportive outlet for education and believe that WASH can serve that role.

Judy Norris, Treasurer

I started in obedience working up thru utility with my Schnauzer and Sheltie. Then I went to watch some duck work, and decided to try it. It was fun, and soon I got my first Border Collie named Spottie. She was trained only on ducks. I kept up with obedience and herding for a while, but there's just not enough time in the day for both, so I stayed with herding. With Spottie, I worked through Pro-Novice, and since she was  a white dog, had to work extra hard to make those sheep believe her.

Then came Mist and Zip; I took both to Open. Mist lost her hearing at the age of six, so was retired, and Zip went on to the Finals. Then along came Win, who I took to Regionals. I have been trialing in the USBCHA since 1991. I own five dogs now: Meg, Glee, Kasey, Britt, and Abby, and have two puppies, Due and Dare.

Ellice Freas, Secretary

Tim Browne, Director

I live in Seattle and was introduced to the world of herding sheep in
2014 when a friend introduced me to Diane Pagel, who shared her love
of the sport and encouraged me to pursue it.  Thanks to her I got my
first working Border Collies, Nell and Reba.  I feel like I've just
seen the tip of this 'Ice Berg' and hope to have many years ahead of
me to learn and develop as a handler.

I think WASH is a great vehicle to promote the sport and I am happy to
help in this pursuit anyway I can.  I feel very fortunate to have met
so many great people - trainers, mentors, friends - thanks to WASH and
the greater 'herding community'.

Jeanne Boudrieau, Director

My first exposure to a sheepdog trial was on a trip with a girlfriend to the 2006 National Sheepdog Finals in Klamath Falls. I was mesmerized by the dogs, their handlers, and the teamwork at those great distances!! Like many sheepdoggers, I spent much of my life competing with my horses. I grew up around dairy cattle (Grandfather), Thoroughbred horses (my sister was the 1st licensed female Jockey in New Jersey), and dogs (Mom's BC "Ginger" and my childhood BC cross "Butch"), but other than dabbling in some agility with a rescue Lab (Jake), I hadn't competed in some years - and not much with dogs. Early in 2008 I made the leap, and got my first Border Collie, Moses. When Moses was about 6 months old, I discovered Fido's Farm in Olympia. Scott Glen was there. I did an instinct lesson with him, and was hooked. Jeff Marroni encouraged me to join WASH.  Clubs like WASH are vital to supporting the sport. Contributing through membership, serving on the Board, mentoring, and volunteerism, I am giving back to the community who welcomed me so warmly years ago. It's my honor to serve on the Board and encourage our members and their dogs to have fun and move toward their goals!

Kelly Gann, Director

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