Sandra Davis

Sandra became active in AKC dog competitions in 1956. She started with Great Danes, and spent 18 years showing her dogs in the conformation ring. Several Danes of her breeding ranked nationally ­ one with two All-Breed Best in Shows to his credit. In 1963 she co-founded the Great Dane Club of El Paso.

Starting in 1969, the next 10 years was devoted mainly to showing American Saddlebred horses. Sandra owned three: a five-gaited mare that she exhibited, and a three-gated mare that she sent to Dodge Stables in Kentucky to be bred to the reigning stud. The resulting colt became a "jack-of-all-trades" pleasure horse that Sandra used for local English and western riding competitions, as well as dressage and jumping.

AKC DOG OBEDIENCE  (13 Obedience Trial Champions / 7 Breeds / 5 Groups)
In 1981 Sandra discovered dog obedience competitions after purchasing a Standard Poodle puppy and joining the local training club. A few match wins and she was hooked. OTCH Gambolique, TD was her Novice A dog and the beginning of a succession of Obedience Trial Champions:
a Doberman Pinscher (OTCH4 Raventine, UDX),
a Giant Schnauzer (OTCH KaRon's Kontessa),
an English Springer Spaniel (OTCH Sulo's Ledgewood Gypsy)
her male Giant, OTCH KaRon's Jabberwocky,
Pepper (U-OCH/ CH/OTCH22 Heelalong Jalapena, UDX15, HT, NA, OAJ) the dancing Border Collie, CH/OTCH Skansen's Tequila, UDX, TD, NA, NAJ, first Giant Schnauzer with both conformation and obedience championship titles, Golden Retriever, OTCH Auburnmist Golden Rule. Sandra's rescue dog, Jack Russell Terrier, OTCH Speedbump, UDX2 (Maggie) was the second JRT and first female of that breed to earn an OTCH, and as of May 9, 2009, Border Collie, OTCH HobNob Bridgit, UDX, RN, OM1, was the youngest dog - at 20 months of age -  of any breed to earn the obedience champion title, and she added the HSAs herding title in three consecutive trials. Beautiful Doberman Bella, OTCH Phillmar Belle of the Ball, UDX, OM1 earned her title in January 2014 followed in May of that year by OTCH Mosaic’s Pixel UDX, OM1, Sandra’s third Border Collie. A Boy BC, OTCH Wildfire Magical Thirteenth, UDX, OM2 (Born on Friday 13, 2014) became Sandra's 13th OTCH on May 13, 2017 . definitely a magical 13th.

In 1984, Sandra demonstrated the new English sport, Agility, to the US obedience community and became an acknowledged pioneer of "British" dog agility in this country.

Her interest was aroused by a series of articles published in Front & Finish in 1984 explaining the British sport.  Sandra corresponded with the author, Angela Chuter of the UK, joined their agility club, and constructed all of the obstacles.

She trained her standard poodle and her husband's dachshund on equipment that she redesigned a bit to be able to raise and lower for all sizes of dogs. That flexibility became a part of the sport in the U.S.

In September 1984 she and her dogs put on an agility demonstration at her club's obedience trial. The interest shown led to an invitation for an encore at the Gaines Western Regional Obedience Tournament in Albuquerque in August 1985. By then, there were enough local participants ready to put on a two-team competition demonstration.

That demonstration led to a request for a repeat performance at the obedience Classic event in Houston in 1986. Ken Tatsch (founder of USDAA) came to El Paso following a trip to England where he was researching this new sport. The British obstacles were not adjustable and Ken had heard about Sandra's equipment. Together they planned the demo-competition for the Classic. Ken provided adjustable equipment that he constructed in the meantime, and also a team to compete with Sandra's in the demo. Sandra was inducted into the USDAA Hall of Fame - Pioneers of Dog Agility in 2003.

In June of 1994, Sandra read an article in Front & Finish about a new sport that started in Canada called "Canine Freestyle."  By November, Sandra had joined that Canadian organization, Musical Canine Sports International (MCSI), secured a list of their movements, and began training her Border Collie, Pepper, to do freestyle dance moves because this dog needed more activities than obedience to keep her busy.

During this time, Sandra was volunteer coordinator for her local humane society and was putting on obedience demonstrations with her dogs at the society's various functions and fund-raisers.  When she learned about freestyle, she thought that might be something new and interesting for their audiences. She and Pepper performed their first dance routine at the society's annual "Beauty and the Beast" fashion show in May, 1995. That same month they also gave a demo at their local AKC dog obedience trial - exactly 10 years after demonstrating agility at that trial.. It was the beginning of a succession of freestyle demos she and Pepper would give around the country.  Those dancing demos led to requests for seminars, which created the opportunity for her Dancing With Your Dog videos and book.


In early 2002, Sandra devised a new dog sport she calls K9 Dressage. This new sport combines the discipline of obedience along with freestyle movements presented in a format patterned after equine dressage. She believes that  requiring the dog to work both sides of its body equally when performing a variety of movements will produce a more balanced and flexible animal. Her K9 Dressage manual can be viewed by clicking on the yellow star on the home page of this website. A DVD video demonstrating the 3 levels of K9 Dressage testing and how each level is performed and judged is available. A K9 Dressage training DVD video in which Sandra demonstrates how she taught her dogs each of the movements was produced and released in July 2007. Both videos can be purchased from this website on the K9 Dressage page or the ordering page. Sandra is sponsoring K9 Dressage tests through video presentations. For information email Sandra at


Sandra is the mother of 3 daughters and a son.  She has 9 grandchildren. Her husband, Michael, was a chemistry professor at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP).  He was also active in the local humane society; having served as president for 5 terms.  Sandra has a BS degree from UTEP in Secondary Education. 

PepperJabba Tequila

Maggie (JRT)

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