Brittany Abernathy & Maui
Maui Des Deux Sabres
I purchased Maui as an MR1 dog in 2019 after being invited to watch a training day with RedDirt Ringers. The previous owner Jessica Johnson allowed me to handle Maui, that was the day I fell in love with him and the sport. Maui and I enjoy continued learning and training as a team. He continues to help me everyday better myself as a handler. When we are not training we also enjoy traveling together camping out of the truck and trying new challenging hikes.
Rachel Bretz & Freya
Maiden Freya de Loucyn
Rachel Bretz is the owner of Pikes Peak K9 Camp in Florissant, Colorado. Freya is her first competition dog. After training in IPO at for a year Rachel knew Freya had the talent to compete in multiple sports. In addition to MondioRing this team competes in IGP, French Ring, PSA and NADF. Freya’s lightning speed and flying attacks are always exciting to watch!
Kayla Fields & Melee
Kayla is a member of Heartland Working Dog Club competing with Melee 16130 bred by Todd Dunlap. Kayla and Melee earned their MR1 title under Judge Ann Putegnat at the Steele City Working Dog Club trial in September of 2020. They will be taking the field at Nationals to compete at MR1.
Angela Greer & Varro
Varro du Loups du Soleil
Angela is new to Mondioring (one year) as a competitor with her malinois “Varro.” She has an immense passion for the sport; exemplified by achieving her set goal of competing at nationals with her first competition dog. “Varro” is an enthusiastic and fun malinois competing at Level I. He also enjoys dock diving and watching you as you sleep.
Jessica Johnson & Petra
Petra Des Deux Sabres
I picked up Petra at 13 weeks old from Paris France after attending worlds in Poland. Upon arrival home, training started immediately. At 1 year old Petra and I competed in our 1st trial as a team in Paris, TX for our Brevet. 1 month later we then competed in our 1st MR1 in Norman, OK walking away with a score of 184.5. 3 months later we competed in Arvada, CO at our 3rd trial and walking away with a score of 195.5. Among training Petra I am also part owner of Southern Warrior K9 with my partner Brad where we train from basic obedience to service.
Heather Ratynski & Kapua
Kapua was adopted from North American Dutch Shepherd Rescue when she was 7 months old and after she had made a long journey from the Netherlands. She has competed in multiple club trials and two national championships and spends her spare time running amok as a semi-feral ranch dog.
Jan Elizabeth & Quest
Valiant Quest du Loups du Soleil
Quest and I began our partnership when he was 2 years old, when he came to me as a gift from Mahogany Gamble. He is a dog who never says no, always enthusiastically ready for the next training adventure. We owe much of our success to our great training partners in the Feisty Malinois Mondio Ring Club and to our travelling decoy, Fernando Dosta.
Donna Matey & Trip
Trip Du Loups Du Soleil
Trip came to live with me in September of 2019. He was 5 years old. After a few training sessions it was obvious Trip had great mondioring foundation training. Observing his enthusiasm and potential renewed my interest in the sport. We hit the training and trial fields in 2020 and continue to work on becoming the best team we can be. Trip was raised and trained by my very dear friend Deb Parker-Hawkins. He was Deb's heart dog and chemo buddy. I know Deb's kind and generous spirit will be shining down on trial day wishing every team their best performance ever.
Trisha Olson & "Mookie"
Lazer von Katzel
I got Mookie as a pet from a show line breeder near my house. My puppy criteria was that he was pretty and dark, that's pretty much the extent of how I picked puppies. Then I decided to get into "Biting Sport Stuff". I reached out to people at local dog training facilities near me, started training with them all on a regular basis and started to learn really what the sport is about. I also learned that I was given the hardest dog I will probably ever own. To say he is challenging is an understatement but to say he is rewarding hits the nail on the head. I wouldn't change a thing about him, I wouldn't go back, he is the dog I was given and he brought us to this point. I am excited to see where he takes us in the future.
Brendan Shea & Mako
Hi I’m Brendan Shea. I’m from Winston Salem, NC. I’ll be competing at Level 2 with my 4 year old Dutch Shepherd, Mako. Mako is my first competition dog and we started training for mondioring when he was 8 months old. We are excited for this opportunity and are hopeful to get his Level 2 title here.
Gina Gaetano & Bjorn
Bjorn des Loups du Lac
Bjorn and I are proud members of Utah Protection Sports. I fell in love with Mondio in early 2016 when I watched David Broderick do a bite work demo. Bjorn is the first Loups du Lac dog to step out on the Mondio field and is my first competition dog. We are excited for the opportunity to be competing at nationals!
Maureen Haggerty & "Quilly"
Quill Vom Ferrenberg
Quilly is a 6 year old Doberman imported from Germany from the Ferrenberg kennel. Maureen and Quilly enjoy life in Minnesota being active outdoors with 2 other Dobermans and Maureen's partner in life, Tim. Quilly is a happy girl who always greets visitors with a silly toothy smile.
Maureen and Quilly are members of Motley Crew Mondioring club in West St Paul, Minnesota. Maureen started in Mondioring with her first Doberman puppy in 2007. Quilly is her 3rd MR3 Doberman.
Maureen Haggerty & "Frido"
Elara’s Alfrido The Great
Frido is an almost 6 year old doberman, born in New Jersey. And yes, Frido is actually named after the chip, Fritos. But to save the breeder embarrassment, we hid it with the fancier name "Alfrido". He also goes by Corn chip or Burrito. Frido is a very laid back guy, who enjoys chasing his dad on the tractor or body slamming his housemate Quilly.
Zack Kiser & Scrappy
Zack Kiser has been competing in Mondioring since 2014, winning the Level 1 Nationals in 2016 and representing the U.S at the World Championship the same year, with a second place finish. Scrappy started his Mondioring career at 3 years of age having done no previous protection sports. He has qualified for his level 3 title twice in the last year and we are beyond excited for an opportunity to show at this stage.
OJ Knighten & Miko
Miko Des Soldats De Krist Ale
I have had the pleasure of breeding, raising ,training and trialing dogs over the last 36 years. I’m the man who turned his passion into his profession and life’s most meaningful work. I believe there is no better place to be than on the field, doing what I love, with a great dog and even better people. Let’s make today great! Good luck to everyone.
Patti Phillips & Winston
I’Winston Wolf du Loups du Soleil
Traveler, adventurer and spirited, steadfast teammate.
Mondioring has taken us around the globe the last 9 years and our travels have been nothing short of action packed. A schedule booked with trials, training with phenomenal decoys, visiting clubs and living the mondio life always looking forward to our next adventure. Winston, now a senior dog, calls the shots and we take it one adventure at a time. Getting older... maybe, but he has also gotten wiser and has a broad skill set. This 'old' boy still loves a challenging trial and squaring up to talented decoys as they test his skills.
A venturesome career that started under judge Margaret McKenna in 2014 now coming full circle under her watchful eye one last time, or maybe not... Stay tuned.
Shaina Zimmerman & Atom
Atom de Jardin
Shaina and Atom were the 2019 National Champions in MR1 and were selected to represent MR1 at FMBB 2020. After the pandemic canceled the event, they moved forward to MR2 with scores in the 290s. Atom then achieved his MR3 in Colorado at the end of March 2021, hoping to play at the 2021 National Championship. Atom is Shaina's first Belgian Malinois, and first Mondioring dog.
This year we dedicate our time on the field to the loss of my first working dog, Versailles. She was a spitfire of a dog and she is sorely missed.