Training Ventures presents:

Agility Training

This Seminar will fill quickly

4 Day Seminar - Ocala, Florida

Mar 12 - 16, 2017
(Sunday afternoon - Thursday evening)


A great Agility time for you and your dog !

Take it up a notch...

1st Place
The Seminar

Jo and Theresa are both outstanding trainers. They are focused, consistent and clear in their purpose. They have great humor and make learning very rewarding. Both instructors have a wealth of trialing and teaching experience. You will be be greatly benefited by their collective learning.

At this seminar two groups will spend equal time with Jo and Theresa. This camp will focus on improving handling, speed and course interpretation. Each of the two groups will have a maximum of 10 dogs.

Now, in a total immersion 4 day seminar you will think, eat, and breathe agility each day. (Arrive at the site Sunday after 2:00 pm and depart Thursday late afternoon.)

Award winning experienced trainers, Jo and Theresa are very skilled at refining and polishing a teams skills. If you are ready to find out what you can really do - this seminar is for you. This program will meet your 'special' needs through personalized training.

Entries will be limited to 20 dogs for maximum individual attention so please register early! - Auditors unlimited -

When this seminar fills, wait list & audit spaces will be available..
To avoid being wait listed
, get your registration in TODAY - - Open Form


Valerie Rutledge - Seminar Administrator
PO Box 1078
Crystal River, FL 34423-1078
Cell: (352) 257-4805
Home: (352) 746-0400
val's email

The Training Seminar will be held at Florida Horse Park in Ocala, Florida (

The Horse Park has beautiful covered dirt arena - a perfect training area! The Park has 50 & 30 amp RV spots at a good price. Returning campers who loved the Camp Weed cabins, might consider renting an RV to share. RVshare ( can deliver an RV to the site for an economical fee. Please book any RV spot directly through me ( Two dog-friendly local hotels recommended by the Park are within 5 miles:

Sleep Inn, 13600 SW 17th Court, Ocala, FL 1-352-347-8383
Microtel Inn & Suites, 1770 SW 134th St, Ocala, FL 1-888-595-1878
Another suggestion, explore Airbnb in the Bellview/Ocala area for bed and breakfast accommodations.

Meals will be at the discretion of participants.

The Horse Park is just East of Hwy 75 South of Ocala, FL. Map from Google Maps

The closest international airport is Orlando, Florida about 90 miles South. Another option would be the Jacksonville airport is about 120 miles North-Northeast. If you fly, plan on a rental car.

Staff Members:

Jo Sermon

Jo presents her ideas clearly and
precisely . . .

Jo Sermon:
I had such fun, I do so enjoy teaching and American handlers in general are fun to work with, because very few will simply give excuses - most are willing and able to take on board information and use it.

My view of Agility itself is that it is a sport to be enjoyed by dog and handler at all levels. I like to help each individual handler achieve as much as they can with their own dog, whatever that dog may be.

Training is a continuously evolving process and I'm always on the lookout for good ideas, new ways of training or a different perspective. I enjoy spending time discussing ideas and debating training with like-minded people.

Jo's Web site:


Theresa Rector

Theresa Rector

Theresa is from Canada and has represented Canada at agility competitions in Finland, Norway, Germany, Italy, France, Spain and many other countries with her Kelpies.

Theresa is patient and masterful at teaching skills and handling. With a great sense of humor, she is wonderful to work with.

Theresa's facebook page:

Val Rutledge
Val and Tess

Valerie Rutledge, R.N., has been active in the dog sports since 1979. Val began competing in agility with her Corgi "Thumper" and competed with Border Collie "Tess" at the excellent and masters level. Currently competing in agility with ADCH Tide Border Collie and Beijing Border Collie (aka Powder Puff Chinese Crested) "Decker".
Val has participated in and administered 16 years of seminars, working with; Stuart Mah, Jo Sermon, Jen Pinder, Theresa Rector, Karen Holik, Jennifer Crank, Carrie Jones, Jessica Ajoux, and Tamas Traj to name a few.

Val owns and operates Training Ventures.

Val is also a certified Canine Therapeutic Massage Therapist (level 1 and 2). She has been a speaker on the topic of Canine Massage at seminars and camps in Canada, the United States, & Puerto Rico. As a canine massage therapist, Val has accompanied AKC World Agility Team members to Switzerland, Norway, Finland, Austria, Germany, France, Belgium, Czech, Hungary, Italy and Spain keeping their dogs ready for competition at the highest level.

Seminar Administrator: Valerie Rutledge

[ ]   $ 575   Working Dog Tuition
[ ]   $   75    Auditor per day

Travel Plans: Arrive at site Sunday after 2:00 pm and depart Thursday afternoon before 5:00 pm

Payment: (for tuition)

Registration Procedure - [ Open Form ]

To confirm and hold your spot, please send a $200 non-refundable deposit. ($206 via PayPal)

Total payment is due by Jan 12, 2017

Checks payable to:
"Training Ventures"

Use credit cards, etc. via PayPal
(Costs are higher.)

Send Deposit  (completely non-refundable) to confirm registration.

Balance due by January 12, 2017

Cancellation Policy

  • Tuitions (minus deposit) are 100% refundable if cancellation occurs at least 90 days prior to camp.
  • Tuitions (minus deposit) are 100% refundable if you can provide a replacement participant (at the same level) who pays full tuition, otherwise tuitions are 90% refundable if cancellation occurs at least 60 days prior to camp.
  • Tuitions (minus deposit) are 90% refundable if you can provide a replacement participant (at the same level) who pays full tuition, otherwise tuitions are 50% refundable if cancellation occurs in the 30 days prior to camp.
 Mail to:
Valerie Rutledge
Seminar Administrator
PO Box 1078
Crystal River, FL 34423

"I can't wait to get to camp.

It's more fun than a barrel of cats."


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