Ashley – President
Ashley’s first experience with a herding dog was her family’s 3 legged German Shepherd and it’s been love ever since. Her breed of choice became the border collie after seeing the dogs in the movie Babe as a child. She has been working with dogs since 2004 in both professional and volunteer settings. She moved to Richmond, VA to start college and immediately began volunteering with a local border collie rescue as a foster home and driver. After several years of volunteering and after working as a dog trainer, Ashley chose to extend her reach and help all breeds of herding dog. She founded EHDR in the winter of 2014 where she and her volunteers strive to provide training and medical help to dogs in need of rehabilitation before finding their permanent homes. She shares her household with Zen and Solo, two border collies, and Wyatt, a hound mix. An agility enthusiast, Ashley competes in AKC and USDAA.
Sarah was introduced to herding dogs in 2010, when she got her first dog, Hector, the corgi. She took him to training classes and soon discovered how much she enjoyed dog training, especially agility. While training and trialing Hector in agility, she soon met many like-minded people who were also involved in rescue. Soon enough, she got her first foster dog and was hooked. When she met her second foster dog, a border collie – now Ajax, she knew she was doomed to “foster fail.” Hector and Ajax love to go on hikes, do agility and serve as awesome foster brothers for many dogs through EHDR.
Courtney adopted her first dog, a Shepherd/Cattle Dog mix named Troy, in 2008 and has been in love with herding breeds ever since. She has since added a Border Collie, Jenga!, and a Golden Retriever, Win, to her pack. Courtney was bitten by the training bug early on, and is involved in many different dog sports with her current dogs. She has worked at a veterinary clinic, and now at a dog daycare and training facility. Courtney has been volunteering with different rescue organizations since 2005, and was one of the founding members of EHDR. She currently serves as Treasurer, and also works on intake and transports
Crystal Meadows has had dogs her whole life, but it was her current dog, Charlie that got her into the world of dog sports. Crystal has been competing with Charlie in both agility and rally and also participates in trick demos.She is also currently training her up-and-coming Lab pup, Breeze, in agility, obedience, and tracking. Training her dogs is where she was introduced to the EHDR crew and the world of rescue. With an incredible knack for organization she was welcomed into the EHDR family to handle the Secretary role. She is in charge of records for all of the dogs.