The RAT Board proudly announces the second recipient of our Lifetime Membership award to Sandra Katzen at the RAT USDAA trial in Elma.
Sandra is the original founder of RAT, which was established in 1989 and has served on the RAT Board and has held just about every possible board and committee position for the club.
Sandra has competed in the sport of dog agility since 1990 and founded Vortex Agility and Dog Training in 2001. She is still a very active competitor and club member.
In addition to her 25 year involvement with the Rainier Agility Club, she was one of the four co-founders of the North American Dog Agility Council (NADAC) in 1993, and served as its Vice President from 1993 to 1997. She has also served as Chairperson of the Australian Shepherd Club of America (ASCA) Agility Committee from 1991 to 1997, and has served as President, Vice President, and Secretary for the ASCA-WA Affiliate.
Sandra has been a certified judge with the United States Dog Agility Association (USDAA) since 1992 and judged for the North American Dog Agility Council (NADAC) from 1993 to 2009. She is a judge and course reviewer for ASCA and a judge for UK Agility International (UKI). She was asked to be the judge at the very first national championships of the Australian Dog Agility Council, held in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, in 2002. In 2003 she was invited to return to judge the championships in Australia and teach a series of workshops. She has also taught seminars in Hawaii and, in May of 2013, traveled to Geet, Belgium to judge an ASCA trial and teach seminars.