Claudia and Gary Frank are
originally from Minnesota and then Wisconsin. They came to their current
home in Ohio after a relocation from Mississippi. They will be celebrating
their 35th wedding anniversary in 2008. Claudia has trained and competed
with Shelties for over 40 years and Border Collies also in the last 20
years. Gary became active with the dogs after they had been married 10 years
and now has been active in training and competition for 20 years too.
Together they have finished CHs, UDs, OTCHs, TDs, TDX, MACHs, ADCHs, MADs,
HCs, HTDIIIsd, HRDIIIs and the first and only Shetland Sheepdog Triple
Champion. Claudia primarily uses, trains and works the Border Collies on
livestock and competes at the Open level at traditional Border Collie trials
as well as most of the other stockdog competition venues.
The Frank's train and compete
with their dogs as long as they are physically able and they desired to
continue their training and competition. Gary's young Sheltie is his
thirteenth agility dog. These facts are mention so you can see that they
have trained and competed with their dogs long term even using them as
skilled farm dogs handling cattle (BCs), sheep, goats and poultry.
The best thing about breeding
and competing for the Frank's is the many friends they have made through the