Hi, I'm Courtney Keys and I am a dog agility judge and competitor. My husband Adam and I live in Austin, Texas.
Obviously, I love dogs, especially my dogs. We have competed in agility, obedience, rally and earthdog. We also really love exploring all the off-leash parks in Austin. You can find us at Auditorium Shores, Turkey Creek, or Onion Creek most days!
I started taking agility classes in 2008 with my dachshund Thor, who went on to earn titles in AKC, USDAA, TDAA, CPE, NADAC and ASCA. He's now retired, and I compete in AKC, USDAA and UKI with my Cardigan Welsh Corgi, Francine, and my cattle dog mix, Walter.
Fran is a 2011 TDAA Petit Prix Finalist, taking 5th place in the 8" division. She also made the finals of the weave pole challenge at that event, despite only being 2 years old!
She has earned the title of USDAA Regional Champion multiple times in Performance Speed Jumping, Steeplechase, Grand Prix, Performance Grand Prix, and Biathlon, in addition to several other regional medal wins. In 2014, Fran was a USDAA Steeplechase Finalist at the Cynosport World Games in California. In 2015, she earned silver medals in Team Snooker and Team Gamblers at Cynosport in Tennessee. In 2016, her team finished 13th overall at Cynosport in Arizona.
Fran went High In Trial in agility at the 2014 Cardigan Welsh Corgi Club of America national speciality in Missouri.
Fran is also a UKI National Champion, having won the UKI National Championship Finals in the 8" class at the 2014 UKI U.S. Open. We also earned the silver medal in the Speedstakes Challenge and the bronze in the Games Challenge at that event.
To end our wonderful year in 2014, Fran won a gold medal in Snooker at the IFCS Continental Championship of The Americas and earned a spot on Team USA for the 2015 IFCS World Championships!
Fran is an amazing agility partner and so much fun to run. She tries really hard out there and continues to teach me so much about training and handling!
Walter is a cattle dog mix that I got in May 2015. He was saved by a friend of mine from the shelter dog circuit - he had been adopted and returned several times!
He is a happy and sweet guy who fits in perfectly with our family. He is very bright and incredibly fun to train. He and Fran are best friends and they love to hike and wrestle together.
Walter's agility career is just beginning and he is learning to play the game confidently in all sorts of different places. I have a feeling one day he will be tearing up the agility courses just like his big sister does!