Laura has been a professional dog trainer since 1993 and started her agility career in 1998 when she created her own
agility centre, CDogsFly Agility in Turlock, California. Laura competed in the United Stated with her three dogs; Josie, a Golden Retriever, and Fly and Fish, her two Border Collies. From there she moved to the United Kingdom and has since traveled throughout the world (North America, Australia, New Zealand and Europe) to compete and present agility training seminars.
After moving to the UK, Fish had to start again at the novice level in the European venues. He quickly progressed up to the highest levels in both Kennel Club and UK Agility. He has qualified and competed in the Singles Final at Crufts and the Agility Stakes Final at Olympia. Fish has also represented Great Britain at the 2008 European Open and in that same year, he won the UK Agility Grand Prix Final. In 2009, Laura and Fish qualified for the Great Britain Team 2010 IFCS World Agility Championships.
Laura’s young dog, Spider, was born in 2007 and although just beginning his agility career, he has already progressed through the levels in Great Britain Agility.
Laura is married to Greg Derrett. He is well known for developing a unique handling system (The Greg Derrett Handling System) and for his long and prestigious agility career. Greg was named Great Britain’s “Handler of the Year” in both 1999 and 2000. His older Border Collie, Jay, has won every major tournament in Great Britain at least once, and most of them twice. His Border Collie, Fern, placed 3rd as “Dog of the Year” in 1999 and 2nd in 2000 behind Jay. In 2001, Greg and Fern were members of Great Britain’s first ever World Cup team. Prior to 2001, England had never been represented a the World Cup. Greg continued to demonstrate his success by winning Crufts twice (including in 2008) with GT and earning a Silver medal at the FCI World Championships.
Complementing his admirable training abilities, Greg completed a MSc in Animal Behavior. He is a popular seminar presenter and has traveled to Japan in addition to Canada and the United States. Greg has produced a very comprehensive series of Agility Foundation and Handling Videos and DVD’s. Both Greg and Laura represented Great Britain in the 2008 European Open and were Team Managers/Coaches for Great Britain’s team at the IFCS World Agility Championships in 2006 and 2008. Both teams brought back an impressive array of medals and have been the most successful Great Britain team ever to compete abroad.
Greg and Laura are the recent founders of UK Agility International (UKI), an agility venue that brings European style courses to North America.