Stacy Leah Winkler is known as one of the elite instructors in her field. She has been teaching agility for 13 years. She was in the USDAA World Championship Finals with 2 different dogs. Her Jack Russell, ADCH MACH2 Dakota's Little Nomad, “Dakota”, was in the Challengers Round at the AKC Nationals and was rated the #1 Jack Russell and #1 Terrier in AKC agility. Dakota was also the 2nd Jack Russell in the country to attain the MACH2 title and was qualified for the AKC World Team tryouts at the AKC Nationals 2 years in a row. Stacy’s border collie, ADCH Contact Point's Jib MX MXJ FDCH, “Jib”, made the USDAA National Semi-Finals for three consecutive years. Stacy’s current dogs are Swedish bred Border Collie Manfares Kurt Cobain MX MXJ "Keen" and Double J Cinch AX AXJ "Groove". Her other dogs have been Rival's Wild Ride "Thrill" NA NAJ AD and “Cheyenne”, Little Brave Cheyenne AX AXJ, a West Highland Terrier.
She has trained and handled a great number of breeds. Her students are some of the best handlers in Southern California. And their dogs are trained to a standard that few can meet. Year after year her students continue to have some of the best agility dogs, in their breed, in the country.
Stacy trains using only positive methods. She has trained with and been mentored by some of the best agility trainers in the world, Susan Garrett and Greg Derrett to name a few. She exclusively uses the Greg Derrett handling system and has been training with Greg since he began teaching in the States. She has also trained with Michael Ellis in puppy and drive work.
Stacy's training emphasizes foundation work and drive. She maintains that if you have fun in your training, teach clear understanding of your behaviors, add great value to those behaviors, and work with great attention and drive, you will not only have a great agility dog but you'll also have a dog you will love to have as a pet!