Our team members have decades of experience in all different dog sports. Most are also educators in their professional fields.
"I saw agility on T.V . one time and said, 'Oh, that looks fun!'"
Watch the video to learn where it all began for Kristin and how her journey led her to start Versa Dog Sports.
Kristin has qualified and competed in multiple national agility competitions and is one of Utah's top competitors. She started training dogs 18 years ago with her first dog, a sheltie named Tika. They competed in agility and dabbled in all the dog sports. Tika was consistently one of the top dogs in her height class until her retirement; even winning the South Central USDAA regional in 2009.
Kristin's strength lies on the agility field, but she also competes in herding with border collies Tag, Spy, and Solo. Her border collies are renown in both the agility and sheepdog worlds. Gyp, her first border Collie, placed well until her retirement at 12 years of age. Her current dogs Tag and Solo continue to wow people with their speed, efficiency and running contacts.
In addition to agility and herding, Kristin has trained, rehabilitated, and rescued several dogs, many of which needed behavioral modification, She has worked in a Veterinarian clinic and on a farm where she helped develop a special variety of hair sheep. Kristin earned a bachelors degree in Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Sciences and her Masters degree in Agricultural Extension from Utah State University. And now, she is living her dream to be the owner/operator of her own first class dog training facility -
Versa Dog Sports.
Teaches beginning and intermediate agility
Mary Thompson grew up in the rural areas outside of Cincinnati, Ohio. Her strong competitive nature has led to participation in a variety of activities including horses, swimming, baton twirling, bicycling, and dogs. Her first “dog show” at the age of 9, was at a local mall with the family Pekingese where they were awarded “Best Groomed”. Her family has owned several purebred and mixed breed dogs including Newfoundlands, Old English sheepdogs, Australian shepherds, Shetland sheepdogs, German shepherds, border collies, and Weimaraners. Currently Mary and her husband Craig own, breed, and train border collies. Mary competes in conformation, obedience/rally, and agility both in AKC and UKC. They have earned multiple titles. She has also dabbled in herding, scent work, and barn hunt. Mary is an AKC Puppy STAR, Canine Good Citizen, Trick Dog and Agility Course Test evaluator.
Kati Barker started a dog training internship with Kristin Sittner and has been hooked ever since. She grew up with Labrador Retrievers but now has a Border Collie. She currently competes in agility and has also dabbled in sheep-herding, trick work, and a little bit of scent work.
Kati received her Bachelors of Science in Animal, Dairy, and Veterinary Science. After receiving her Bachelors', she went on to become a Certified Canine Massage Therapist and trained in Trigger Point Therapy with Ken Bain. Kati manages Versa Dog Sport’s social media, teaches classes, and offers massages.
Mary, a former business woman and elementary school teacher, runs the Versa Dog Playschool/Daycare and manages registrations and inquiries. She trained her first obedience dog Sam, when she was in high school. Her love for agility began with her dog Kiah, who has earned her Master Agility Championship (MACH) title. Mary also has a rescue Border Collie mix named Kip. He is learning agility too and can't wait to complete!
Tracy Mazur has been involved with dogs all her life. Her parents raised and trained German Shepherds. She started in the 4H obedience program at age 8 with her Cairn Terrier, Sassy. At age 12, she got Shetland Sheepdog, Terra. Terra competed in AKC conformation and obedience. Tracy’s love of agility began in 2002. She has ran several different breeds in agility giving her a unique perspective and understanding. She Judges agility for AKC and UKI.
She is owned and loved by two Working Cocker Spaniels, Tavish McSpaniel and Even Faster. Tavish is currently competing and Even is training in agility and nosework.