Instructor Bios

LeAnn Sawyer

LeAnn has been training and showing dogs for 30+ years. She has competed and titled dogs in obedience, rally, confirmation, flyball and agility. She is a certified evaluator for Therapy Dogs International, Inc., and AKC's Canine Good Citizens, and a member of APDT (Association of Professional Dog Trainers). She also enjoys hiking and kayaking with her dog Charlie.

Polly Pierce

I got my first dog, an Alaskan Malamute in 1972, which sent me on an incredible 45 year journey. I raised, trained and ran a team of Mals for several years. I raised 2 guide dog puppies, both of which became working guides. I switched to Aussies around 1984 and have been hooked ever since. I put an obedience title on one Mal, and a Championship on another. I put an obedience title on my first Aussie and dabbled in agility before it was agility. In 2000, I started serious agility with my 2nd Aussie and put several advanced titles on her in several venues. My third and current Aussie has numerous agility titles and rally obedience titles . I started teaching agility 10 years ago and several of my students are now the master.

Kris Brown

Kris moved to St. George from Washington state in 2014 where she previously began agility training. She currently has three Border Collies currently competing in AKC and NADAC agility trials, having titled dogs in both venues. She just recently returned from a successful AKC trial in Klamath Falls, Oregon. Her Australian Cattle Dog enjoys nosework and she has also titled one of the BCs in Rally. She attends classes and seminars in Las Vegas to learn new training techniques to include distance handling and more. Kris spent 25 years in the race horse industry training Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses, racing throughout the Pacific Northwest and Northern California. She also enjoys hiking with her dogs. When not working with the dogs, she works as a medical and legal transcriptionist.

Crissy Crismon

I’ve always had a dog or two at my side, then about 15 yrs ago I caught the bug of team sports with my dogs. I had two excellent trainers that gave me a good foundation for performance events. Agility, Obedience, Rally and Tracking. Actively competed with my dogs and titled in agility, obedience and rally. Tracking is still a goal. Also competed and titled in Hunt tests. With new members of the pack, we have added barnhunt, dock diving and scentwork to our titles. My pack consists of German Shorthair Pointers, Belgian Tervurens and Border Terriers.

Maggie Probst

I was captivated by the sport of agility watching Westminster and thought it would be a great way to create a strong connection with my young puppy. Over the years, I’ve trained with several accomplished agility coaches and began competing 5 years ago. I’ve continued to learn the latest agility teaching methods from Susan Garret, multiple gold medalist at both National and World Agility events, as a member of Handling360 and Agility Nation. I have assisted in teaching Agility at SUDS and look forward to helping dogs and their owners learn to love the sport. Contact Maggie at (801) 550-2659 or email maggieprobst@earthlink.net.