Our first junior interview will be on Jordyn Baker. Jordyn competes in several venues with a rescued mix breed, has an up and coming border collie, and steps in to run other dogs at events as well. She and Bentli have won local USDAA tournament rounds and will be attending Cynosport World Games this year. Jordyn attended BJAC in 2018 and is planning to attend again in 2019.
Q: What is your name and age? What state do you live in?
My name is Jordyn Baker, I’m 16 years old and I live in Louisiana.
Q: What are your main agility dogs’ names, breeds, and ages?
My main dogs are Bentli (mixed breed) and Million (border collie). Bentli is the dog I compete with and is who I started agility with. She is 4 years old. Million is my 10 month old puppy who is currently doing agility foundations and will be primarily pursuing agility and conformation.
Q: How long have you been doing agility and what got you started in the sport?
I started agility in my backyard when I was an 11 year old in 6th grade with a different terrier mix that has since passed away. We used a turned over children’s seesaw and sticks with flower pots for jumps, a piece of plywood as a table, and a disconnected slide put down flat in the grass as a dog walk. Truthfully, I did not know that there was a name for what I was doing and after I came to that realization, I was hooked. Over three years went by before I found a club and started to train there. It did not take long for fellow club members to realize that I was more self taught than they had thought and in no time I was invited to train on Thursday nights with the Masters people. This was a big deal for me! It was February 2017 before I attended my first trial and I was dubbed the “self taught kid who trained the dog by herself” for quite a while. At the time of my first trial I was 14 and a freshman in high school, so I had been training for pushing 4 years and 3 of those were on my own.
Q: What is one of your favorite memories with your dog(s)?
Getting Bentli from one of our local rescue organizations when I was in 7th grade is a pretty sweet memory for me. She was a very honest and special girl from the beginning and being able to be her partner over the past 4 years has been something i’m very thankful for.
Q: What is your most notable achievement?
In January of 2019, Bentli and I had a pretty spectacular weekend and won Grand Prix with a BYE to a regional event and placed 2nd in Performance Versatility Pairs teaming with Renee Culpepper and her Jena. Q’s aside, the compliments I get are something I consider to be notable and they have helped me grow as a handler.
Q: What has been one of your biggest challenges in dog agility or training? (Personal or dog)
For over a year Bentli has had teeter troubles after being put on a faulty teeter at an event. It’s something we’ve put a lot of work into and she can often be seen creeping over the teeter with an energetic ringside cheering squad to motivate her (and it works!).
Q: Where do you train?
I train with Pawprints Agility Club in Shreveport, Louisiana. Louisiana has very few clubs and I’m thankful the yard I train in is only 25 minutes away!
Q: Besides agility, what kind of activities, sports, etc. do you enjoy?
Million and I have a conformation debut coming up in April. It’s something i plan to pursue with her and future dogs.
Q: What venues have you competed in? What is your favorite venue?
I compete in USDAA and AKC. USDAA is probably my favorite because I really enjoy tournament classes and will travel quite a ways for them.
Q: What was your favorite part of camp in 2018? What are you looking forward to at BJAC 2019?
BJAC 2018 was a wonderful experience! My highlight was getting to train with such talented individuals. After 4 months off, Bentli ran remarkably well and we were very in sync over the 4 days of camp. On day 4, Bentli and I teamed up with Natalie Spinsby and her Fire for a USDAA Pairs themed final which we won. BJAC really is a remarkable event. Likewise, in 2019 I am most excited for spending time with close friends and training with this year’s instructors.
Jordyn Baker was one of the BJAC 2019 scholarship recipients. In her essay, Jordyn explains the struggles she has encountered with her first border collie, Ripley. Her scholarship essay can be viewed here.
Jordyn also has a YouTube channel featuring some of agility and traveling videos! Check out her channel here and featured below is her Agility 2018 video.