Our second junior spotlight will be on Annie Niekerk. Annie Niekerk attended BJAC in 2018 and is planning to attend again in 2019. At our 2018 camp, Annie ran one of our LAP dogs, Vixen.
Q: What is your name and age? What state do you live in?
My name is Annie Niekerk, I’m 13 and I live in New Jersey!
Q: What is your agility dog’s name, breed, and age?
My dogs name is Liberty, but nicknamed Libby, she’s an English Labrador Retriever and
she’s 3 years old.
Q: How long have you been doing agility and what got you started in the sport?
I’ve been doing agility for almost 3 years with Libby, but only got more serious about 2 years ago. It was really Instagram videos that got me interested in agility.
Q: What is one of your favorite memories with your dog or a dog you run?
A favorite memory with Libby would probably be going on vacations with her and just being with our family, I also love Vixen, my LAP dog last year when she would bark to get treats, haha.
Q: Have you ever attended agility events such as AKC nationals, Westminster, etc.? How was your experience at these events?
I’ve never competed in events like Westminster or AKC nationals, but I’ve watched Westminster 2018. It was such a cool experience to see so many great dogs and meet new people.
Q: Do you have any current goals you are working towards?
Currently with Libby, I’m working very hard on her engagement to create a more focused dog, especially for camp! It’s been our main focus for about 2 and a half months now.
Q: What are your long term agility dreams and/or goals?
My long term goals would have to be to trial with Libby and get her MACH. My first priority is just having a successful trial with her though!
Q: Where do you train?
I train at a local shelter with an agility trainer named Linda Bogert who owns a few border collies. She’s a great person and trainer and even though it’s an animal shelter, the facility and equipment is wonderful!
Q: Besides agility, what kind of activities, sports, etc. do you enjoy?
Besides agility, I love swimming, I’ve been swimming competitively for around 6 years and it’s a lot of work but it’s so fun.
Q: What was your favorite part of camp in 2018? What are you looking forward to at BJAC 2019?
My favorite part of camp would have to be meeting new friends and being with people I already know. I also really enjoyed running Vixen, my LAP dog, she was so sweet and for camp 2019, I’m looking forward to seeing her again, and meeting people I’ve known on Instagram who are coming and seeing old friends too! And most of all, that I’m bringing Libby this year!
Q: Do you have anything you would tell juniors interested in attending BJAC?
I would tell juniors to have fun and don’t stress the camp, it’s a great learning experience, and you meet new friends and connect with other juniors who love what you do! There’s no better way for a junior to do agility, than a camp with other junior!
To follow Annie and Libby's journey visit her Instagram @_libbythelab_