Vickie Shields is the co-creator of ICAT, the International Cat Agility Tournaments - because it is fun for the cats, and for owners, and because cats are so intelligent, trainable, and beautiful in motion.
"I belong where I can do the things that I’m excellent at, passionate about, willing to show up for, and able to help people with.
There are only a few things that truly fit this description, and one of them is making [cat agility] accessible for people. Making it easier to understand, pursue, love, and make an impact through."*
Vickie wants to provide a way for more people to understand, appreciate, and learn about cats. Cats are marvelous, wonderful friends, talented, sensitive, and intelligent.
Wikipedia names Vickie as the creator of cat agility, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat_agility.
Vickie is available to consult, demonstrate, and train your cats, at your house or cat club meeting, and can include setting up an agility course which is easy for you to use, transport or store away. Please email Vickie with your request.
Vickie also has TAGTeach Primary Certification (clicker training for humans).
Vickie is a TICA (The International Cat Association) Distinguished Judge, an Approved Allbreed judge, and a Ring Training and Judging School Instructor.
She was awarded the TICA Service Award, and the CEU Fiesta Innovation Award for creating cat agility.
She has shown many international award winners since 1979, and also been honored as TICA’s Member of the Year. She has served as TICA’s Clerking Administrator, International Committee member, Judges Review Committee member, and she was a co-founder of The French Connection club based in Paris, France, which for several years was TICA’s largest and most active club.
Her education includes certificates in Computer Science, Herpetology, and Aquatic Biology (which included clicker training dolphins). In her early years, she trained dogs for obedience and field trials. Born and raised in San Francisco, California, Vickie lives now in Colorado and New Mexico.
*This inspiring quote is from a ByRegina email to Vickie, with "cat agility" in place of "business.