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MACH2 IvanLee Glacial Reflection OF, also known as “Ice”, and CIRI’s Records Services Supervisor Heidi Vania won a spot on the AKC/USA Agility World Team during the 2010 AKC World Agility Team Tryouts held this past May in Minnesota.
 
Ice is a Shetland Sheepdog and is the third sheltie Heidi has raised and trained into a champion. Heidi’s husband Mark gave her a tri-color sheltie named Kiesha as a gift when they got married in 1989 and little did he know that it would be the start of a love and passion for training dogs that would grow into training in multiple venues.

Ice is a lovely blue merle sheltie with one brown eye and one blue eye, like a glacier. His name was easy, Lakeside Glacial Reflection, Ice. She already had a tri-color sheltie, Dot (MACH IvanLee Dot Com PT OF), that was a spitfire and Ice is from the same breeder. He was quick to learn and is a real thinker, and Heidi says he is a blast to teach.

Agility turned out to be a perfect fit for Ice. From early on, Ice was spring-loaded and loves to jump straight up and see how high he can get, this behavior is something he will do the entire way to the ring. Agility is AKC’s fastest growing sport. It demonstrates a dog’s willingness to work with its handler in a variety of situations. Agility events allow dogs to demonstrate their athleticism and versatility by racing against the clock and overcoming a challenging course of different obstacles. Success requires proper training, as it is a sport of physical skill, control, patience and most importantly- teamwork between handler and dog.

The title “MACH” means Master Agility Champion. A dog must exhibit superior performance on the agility course, and speed and consistency are the two major qualities denoting “superior performance”. In order to obtain the title, a dog must achieve a minimum of 750 Championship Points and 20 Double Qualifying scores.  Ice has met this requirement twice, therefore he has the title of “MACH2”.
 
Heidi and Ice will be traveling to Reiden, Germany in October to compete in the 2010 FCI World Championships with the American Kennel club as one of 12 dogs and their handlers that will be representing the USA at this event.