Christine Marett (President, Trainer)
I have been a member of the Jersey Dog Handlers Association for 20 years, during which time I have successfully trained my dogs in show handling, obedience and agility. I am also an honorary life member of the association which has played a large part in mine and my family’s lives for the past 20 years.
I have been around dogs all my life as my father was the first and only Guide Dog owner in the Channel Islands for many years. A succession of Guide Dogs passed through our house and in addition to this my brother and I had a couple of Pembroke Corgis. I worked voluntarily for the Animal Shelter for three years on a Saturday and in school holidays where I was able to work with dogs as well as the cattery and the stray block. When I left school I went to work at the David Place Veterinary Hospital where I became one of the first two home trained veterinary nurses, working my way up from kennel maid to head nurse. I was there for 12 years before I left to have my two sons.
When we acquired our first family dog we joined the Jersey Juniors Handlers Association (as it was known then) and I took on the position of secretary which I held for 13 years, 1991-2004. My two sons competed successfully locally, in the UK and Europe through this club and are both actively involved with the dog world now they have moved to the mainland.
I have represented the Channel Islands at Crufts with one of my dogs Taj in both the silver and gold Good Citizen teams and successfully competed at championship level in the UK with our kennel of Cesky Terriers.
Briony Price (Vice-President, Obedience)
I guess you could say I came to dogs fairly late in life as I had never had dogs as a child! I currently have 2 rescued German Shepherds who have been the most amazing teachers to me. I enjoy teaching the puppies at Juniors and teaching the older dogs in Rally Obedience. I previously ran a fun agility club and taught classes there as well. I am also a Tellington Touch practitioner and I work with dogs (and other animals) who have behavioural, postural and anxiety problems. My passion is to help all dogs to be the best that they can be and to do this in a totally force-free, non-aversive way.
Liz Boschat (Secretary)
I have enjoyed dog shows for many years with my sister, who shows Staffordshire Bull Terriers. Both my daughters have handled dogs and have been members of JDHA. I am enthusiastic and enjoy being part of a team that is providing top class training for dog owners from all walks of life. Although I do not have a dog at present, I would love one in the future when I am working less hours and could dedicate enough hours to caring for it.
Tina Syvret (Obedience)
I am passionate about dogs having owned and trained dogs for around 20 years. I have tried my hand at obedience, working trials, showing and agility. Most of my dogs have been rescues of all shapes and sizes which has lead me to find different ways of doing things, and an appreciation that there is no one method that suits all dogs. My canine activities revolve around what my our legged family enjoy the most, and I am privileged to share my life with 4 incredible friends at the moment. We currently enjoy agility and good citizen training together, and I love the bond that working with my dogs brings.
Angie Seedhouse (Obedience)
I have had dogs for over 20 years. I started with an English Springer Spaniel & through my partner, I now have Staffordshire Bull Terriers. We have bred 6 litters & have been involved with showing, basic obedience & are currently learning agility. One of my dogs is also a PAT (Pets As Therapy) dog & regularly visits a residential home. I believe in a common sense approach to training & remember there is no such thing as a silly question.
Angela Steel (Show Handling)
I have been ‘in dogs’ since 1979 when I acquired my first pedigree dog (a Bull Terrier naturally) although I had two cross breeds before that. I had wanted a ‘Bullie’ since reading a book called The Incredible Journey when I was about twelve. This book made me cry at the end and still does! As soon as I was married and had my own household I got my first ‘Bullie’, Boris. It was love at first sight and I’ve been smitten with the breed ever since.
I joined the Jersey Dog Club, as it was then, to show on the recommendation of Diana Abbott who was the then President. I later joined the committee and worked my way up to Vice President (now retired). I have also been a member of the Jersey Dog Handlers Association on and off for many years. I certainly remember a lot of members when they were Juniors which makes me feel old!
I have grown up with my aunts Staffordshire Bull Terriers and I have also enjoyed going to dog shows with my mum and aunt where I have been able to meet different breeds of dogs. I am currently taking part in the Bronze Good Citizenship and Flyball at Juniors training. I am a very hard worker and I enjoy being part of a team. I am very happy to be on the Jersey Dog Handlers committee. I currently do not own a dog but I would like to own one in the future.