About Me

I am honored to have worked alongside of the late Jean DeWolfe of Shadyhill Kennels for 20 years with American Cocker Spaniels. I am grateful for everything she taught me, and blessed to have what remains of the Shadyhill legacy.

I live in the Ottawa Valley, Ontario. I attend many shows across Canada and the United States. I have also attended multiple World Dog Shows, shown in Europe and Australia.

I have been the handler of dogs to over 30 Best in Shows, multiple Reserve Best in Shows in North America and Australia, multiple National Specialty winners, multiple Specialty winners in North America and Europe, and dogs in North America have ranked in the Top 10 All Breed, Top 5 of their group, and #1 in their breed.

I am a member of the Canadian Kennel Club, English Springer Spaniel Club of Canada, and Lagotto Romagnolo Club of Canada.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the many amazing people that have opened up their hearts and minds to me and have enabled me to excel at what I love. They have given me wonderful opportunities, without which I would not be who I am or be able to successfully do what I do. 


Growing up in a "dog household," I was brought into the dog show scene at a very early age. I was hooked almost immediately, and this interest grew over the years into a very strong passion for the sport, and the dogs.

Together, my mother Nancy and I co-own Springsport Kennels which we bred English Springer Spaniels. We have been successful in having multiple Canadian Champions, Obedience Champions and Therapy Dogs. Since then I have had German Shorthaired Pointers, American Cocker Spaniels, and Lagotto Romagnolo. 

II am now pleased to announce my own CKC reg kennel of "Valkyrie Kennels" which will be home to my Lagotti and Cocker breeding programs,

I was encouraged early on to participate in Junior Handling, and I feel it was one of the most beneficial things I could have done for myself, and for my handling career. I did very well, and always tried to handle dogs of different breeds and experience levels. Thankfully, I had many friends and mentors who supported me and were willing to teach me what they know.

The knowledge and skills that I developed through Junior Handling, and working for handlers from both Canada and the USA, have enabled me to continue showing and become a successful professional handler. I strive to bring out the best in every dog I show, and I work with them to create a winning team.

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