Our Instructors

Elizabeth Evans

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After earning her degree in Radio-TV-Film, Elizabeth worked in production for the PBS show “Wishbone”.  In 1996, she found the sport of dog agility and has been addicted ever since.  

In 1998, she became a United States Dog Agility Association judge, and eventually a Masters level Supervisor.  Elizabeth is now retired from judging.   

Elizabeth has put over 500 titles on her dogs in various sports including agility, flyball, obedience, rally, tracking, herding, lure coursing, weight pulling and conformation.  She is currently learning Nosework and hopes to spend time in dock diving soon!

Sighthound PACH PDCH NATCH Andretti (Podengo Pequeno, 2008 - ) has been invited to the AKC Invitational numerous times and has attended twice.  Andretti won HIT recently at his first ever Nosework competition! 

ADCH Polka-Dot (rescue Border Collie, 2013 - )  adores her Daddy.  She loves agility and will be competing at both AKC Nationals and USDAA Nationals in 2019.  Polka-Dot also loves swimming!

Giddy Marie (Pyrenean Shepherd, 2014 - ) lives up to her name and EVERYTHING in the world is exciting when you are Giddy.  :)  She competes in agility and is learning Nosework. 

Beans (rescued mixed breed, 2016 - ) joined the family after Elizabeth volunteered in Houston after Hurricane Harvey.   She is learning agility and is capable of climbing out of a 6' foot fence (!).

Elizabeth is also portrait photographer, using her 20+ years of experience working with dogs to help her capture the personalities of her clients on camera. She loves being able to create fine art for people to display on the walls of their homes. www.eevansphotography.com 


On Friday nights, Elizabeth is at Chase Oaks Church, a place where folks are encouraged to “come as you are, be transformed and make a difference."  There’s a group of agility folks who attend each week and everyone is invited! 

Elizabeth cherishes the support of her husband of almost 25 years, JP. When not working in video production, JP can be found riding his bicycle. In 2011, he completed the Tour Divide, a 2700+ mile unsupported bicycle race from Canada to Mexico in just 24 days!


Until we meet again:

ADCH MACH PACH NATCH ATCH Moseley (Polish Lowland Sheepdog, 1996 - 2012).  

My heart dog.
Haley (Border Collie, 1998 - 2013)  JP's shadow.
ADCH MACH Kiwi 

(Mixed breed, 1999 - 2015) Our little TV star. 
MACH2 PACH NATCH ADCH-Bronze PDCH LAA-Bronze Hemi 

(Pyrenean Shepherd, 2002 - 2018) 

My little speedy world competitor.

Donna Ward

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Donna is a registered nurse and native Texan who moved to Allen with her husband Bill in 1999.

Donna loves Golden Retrievers and started training at Best Friends Fun Farm in 2002 with her then two-year old dog Sonora (2000-2013) and was immediately addicted. 

Kayla (2001-2015), a rescue Golden joined the family in 2003 and quickly showed Donna that agility was awesome earning numerous titles in AKC, USDAA, ASCA and NADAC and Championships in both AKC and USDAA. A highlight was winning Preferred National Agility Champion at the 2013 Golden Retriever National Specialty. 

Ruger (2008 - ) lives up to his name - he is a pistol, full of life and loved agility. He earned numerous titles advancing to the Masters level in both AKC and USDAA. He was fast as a speeding bullet and one could hear the chant “RUN Donna RUN” when they were on course.  Ruger is now enjoying his retirement. 

Jager (2013 - ) showed attitude from day one and loves to train. Jager occasionally does agility but true to his name (Jager means hunter in German) loves Nosework.

Sig (2016 - ) is Donna’s current competition dog, at the beginning of his journey. He is providing great fun and excitement.

When not playing agility, all the Goldens adore Dock Diving and have each earned Titles ranging from Junior and Senior all the way to Master.

Windle Ewing

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Windle Ewing and his wife Donna have shared their home with English Springer Spaniels (“Springers”) for 35 years.  They currently reside with two Springers – Darcie and Bryce – in Plano, Texas.

Windle has participated in dog agility for 20 years.  His Springers have earned multiple championships, titles, and awards.  Windle’s “A” dog, Simon, was the first Springer to earn the AKC’s MACH title in Texas.  Darcie, a Simon daughter, is the first Preferred Springer to qualify and participate in the AKC’s Agility Invitational.  Darcie has also been recognized as the top Preferred Agility Springer in the country.  Bryce is Windle’s newest Springer and agility partner.   

Windle has served as an AKC agility judge for 10 years.  He enjoys traveling to different areas of the country, meeting new teams, and renewing old friendships.  Windle judged at the AKC’s 2013 Agility Invitational, and he was the Finals Judge at the AKC’s 2018 National Agility Championship.

Windle has been training and teaching at Best Friends Fun Farm for 16 years.  He specializes in introducing new exhibitors and their dogs to the sport, as well as providing instructional guidance and insight to experienced teams. 

Elizabeth Armstrong

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Elizabeth has been involved with dogs her entire life.  Like many other agility competitors, Elizabeth competed in equestrian show jumping and cross country.  She grew up with cocker spaniels as pets, and many times had them doing broomstick “agility" in the back yard.  

In 1992, she was given Ranger, a young Collie mix, as a gift and quickly found that he needed something to do.  She started in obedience, but found that her options were limited with a mixed breed dog.  In 1996, she found agility and quickly was hooked.  


Over the years, Elizabeth has participated in USDAA, AKC, ASCA & NADAC earning various titles.  Most notably her dog Riggs was the 2009 USDAA Performance Grand Prix National Champion.  And at the 2010 AKC Nationals, Elizabeth and Riggs earned the 1st ever Preferred National Champion title. 

Jeanene Lorenzen

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Jeanene is a dog trainer whose love of animals began when she was growing up on a farm in Nebraska. Throughout Jeanene’s high-tech career in software engineering and product management, she stayed active with her dogs and discovered that her dogs learned faster and developed stronger behaviors when trained with positive methods. This passion became a second career as a dog trainer, helping others discover the same successes with their dogs. 


Jeanene’s dog training philosophy is that well-trained dogs do what we ask because they want to, not because they are forced to. She is a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP) and a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT).


Jeanene’s agility career started in 1999 with Nissa, a tri-color rough Collie. Nissa loved to run with Jeanene. Together they developed a love for the sport of agility (although the table was evil) and became frequent participants at local competitions.


Ocean is a tri-color rough Collie who joined the family in 2004. She is titled in multiple sports including agility, obedience and rally – and also did some sheep herding. Ocean was Jeanene’s first agility dog to earn a championship-level title – a PAX (Preferred Agility Excellent) from the AKC and qualify for AKC nationals. 


Jasper, a tri-color rough Collie, came to Texas in 2008. He is accomplished in obedience, rally and agility, sporting a long list of titles and a High in Trial in WCRL rally. He is major-pointed in conformation and had a long career as a therapy dog. He is presently a frequent guest as demo-dog in Level 1 and 2 classes.

Gryffin, a sable Merle rough Collie joined the family in 2015. He brings energy and enthusiasm to everything he does. He has earned titles in AKC and USDAA agility as well as rally and trick dog titles. You can usually hear him commentating on his agility runs while he is running.

Sydney Burton

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Sydney is a dog trainer who escaped from the corporate world of software engineering and marketing to help others unlock the world of learning for their dogs. She loves reinforcement-based training because it enables a dog to learn quickly, volunteer new behaviors, maintain an interest in training and have fun learning. 


Sydney’s dog training philosophy is based on two-way communication – training requires as much listening and observing as it does talking and doing. When you’re listening, your dog will tell you a lot. She is a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP) and a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT). 


In 1999, Sydney started agility classes to help a shy little sable rescue Sheltie named Austin have some fun and develop confidence. Austin was accompanied by his best friend and house partner, Heather – a tri-color Sheltie. Together, they soon were regularly spending weekends competing in four agility venues all around north Texas.


The transition to the next generation started in 2007 with a small sable Sheltie named Roxie. Roxie has multiple titles in agility, rally, tricks and obedience, has dabbled in other activities such as sheep herding and is a therapy dog. Roxie is Sydney’s first dog to earn championship titles – ADCH (Agility Dog Champion) from USDAA and ARCHEX (Rally Champion Extraordinaire) from WCRL. 


Cherokee,a tiny bi-blue rescue Sheltie, was adopted in 2009. This little critter is a blue streak on agility courses, only pausing occasionally to argue about the direction the course should take. Cherokee says, “Tunnels are evil!”


Apache, also a tiny bi-blue rescue Sheltie, was adopted in 2014.   Apache’s agility career got off to a fast start with titles in AKC and USDAA and he has also earned trick titles and started competing in Rally. Apache’s favorite agility obstacle is anything with a contact zone!

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