Our Instructors

As handlers and competitors ourselves we understand how important it is to be able to instruct people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds, sharing our experience and knowledge to create an enjoyable environment to train you and your dog(s). 

To ensure we can do this effectively - not only do we have over 43 years of experience between us - but we often attend training and workshops by leading international dog handlers to ensure we can offer our members appropriate training techniques. 

Gail and Miranda are qualified agility instructors with the Agility Club, have Canine First Aid certificates and Gail also holds a current level 3 first aid (for humans) certificate.

Hayley is a fully qualified KC agility judge and already has many judging appointments under belt. Its great that she can contribute towards our fabulous sport and also we can teach our handlers from different perspectives. 

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Gail Gilbert ACAI

Gail has been competing in agility since 1997 and is a fully qualified agility instructor through the Agility Club's Instructor's Course. She also has a dog first aid certificate.

Her first dog, an English springer spaniel turned out to be amazing at agility and won many competitions until she retired at 12 and a half years. In 2001 Gail decided to change breeds to border collies which she now breeds.

Having gained lots of experience, training several dogs, she decided to start BUDS in April 2010 so she could help Hayley to qualify for the more prestigious agility competitions.

Gail currently runs 2 home bred border collies under her Bordertrix affix and competes at grade 6 with Boo (Sensational) 

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Miranda Frith ACAI

Miranda started agility back in 2008 with her border collie and came to BUDS to practice training outside.

When Hayley went to University in 2015 I invited Miranda to help me out by training some classes that Hayley had been teaching.

Miranda has had some bad luck with her dogs' health over the years and has been limited to the allsorts classes at competition. However, she has recently won into grade 4 with her cocker spaniel and won her first ever grade 4 agility class!  Now there is a new kid in town - border collie, Bodhi, who has a real talent for agility.  

Miranda is also a fully qualified agility instructor with the Agility Club and holds a current canine first aid certificate. 

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Hayley Gilbert

Hayley started competing at age 7 with Gail's dogs and had many judges' special rosettes due to her good sportsmanship and determination to finish each course no matter what. 

In 2012 her dreams came true when she became owned by her very own Shetland sheepdog, Lanteague Lotus aka Lottie. 

In their first season Hayley went from grade 1-4 in 8 months, season 2 she had won up to grade 5, by  the end of 2017 she had won up to grade 7 and qualified to start championship classes in 2018. 

Hayley has a border collie out this year, the very striking, Flint, who is very keen. 

Now a fully fledged KC agility judge she will putting something back into the sport we all love so much. 

In 2020 Hayley attended an Xcel Judges Seminar to enhance her CPD in this field.

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