Ron has been a dog handler/owner for more than 15 years.  He is a multi-breed handler, although, he has bred, trained, and raised German Shepherd Dogs (GSD) for more than 20 years.  Ron is a superb instructor, and his classes are always well-attended.  Check our website for the current schedule.  Email Ron at


AGILITY – Ayssia Black

Alyssia has been involved in training and showing dogs for the last 15 years. She acquired her first dog in 2001 and quickly found the sport of agility. She has trained, shown, and competed in agility, conformation, hunt tests, Dock Diving, Fast CAT, Barn Hunt, and Rally-O and has successfully earned a variety of titles and championships across venues. She currently competes in AKC and UKI agility with her 8-year-old Smooth Fox Terrier, Asti, and her 3-year-old Golden Retriever, Fahren. Asti has finished the last 4 years as the #1 Agility Smooth Fox in the country and has been invited to compete at the AKC Invitational Championship for the last 5 years. She is working on earning her 4th Master Agility Championship (MACH) title. Fahren is just starting her agility career and has hit the ground running by being selected to represent TEAM USA in the 2020 Americas & Caribe de Agility tournament in Itu, Brazil. Alyssia loves welcoming new teams into this sport and seeing their relationship as a team grow through training. She enjoys teaching the foundation and fundamentals that allow teams to be successful in all their training endeavors. Email Alyssia at



OBEDIENCE – Harvey Hortman & Tara Brumfield

Tara has over 30 years experience teaching obedience. She took her first Dalmatian to Applewood’s Training center and trained to utility level. She became involved with the Canine Training Association to further her training and has worked with many people who share her love for Dogs. CTA had an opening for an instructor and Tara Donated her time to teach others to get the most out of their dogs.  Email Tara at

Harvey joined teaching with Tara about twenty years ago and has taught side-by-side ever since. While Dalmatians are our current breed we have also raised and loved a miniature Schnauzer, a King Charles Cavalier, and a few cats to keep the dogs in line.  While we spend most of our time in the Conformation ring these days, we also enjoy Rally, Agility, Fast Cat, Scent work, and Barn Hunt.  Email Harvey at


TRACKING – Debby Kay

Debby has been a pioneer in scent detection work for over 50 years. She worked with the first search and rescue groups where the idea of using dogs to detect cadavers underwater to the training protocols was introduced. She has worked with many scientists to develop dogs to assist in locating biological specimens in the field for research projects; she trained the first toxic waste detection dog and produced the first proof of concept accelerant detection dog. She has taught detector dog handler teams and instructors from all over the world including developing the Federal Premier ATF’s explosive detection dog program and taught teams with the Department of State, Anti-Terrorism Assistance Program. Debby teaches Super Sniffer® workshops for amateur dog owners and professional trainers alike.

In competition, dogs from Debby’s Chilbrook bloodlines established in 1969 have earned hundreds of titles and awards, including all-breed Best in Show, Best in Specialty Show, & Highest Scoring Dog in Trial in obedience; many have set new breed records and continue today to rank in the top spots in many performance sports. Her breeding stock is highly sought after by Service Dog schools. She is an internationally recognized author and lecturer, an all-breed conformation judge (retired), and has judged both police and all-breed conformation shows in China.

Debby is a founding officer of the Labrador Retriever Club of the Potomac, and a member of the Labrador Retriever Club Inc. She is a professional member of the Dog Writers Association of America, and The Association of Professional Dog Trainers. Debby lives with her husband, Sam Cochran, on their farm in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.  Email Debby at

Debby Kay office phone: 304 724 6445 M-F

Chilbrook Kennels, breeding top-performance Labradors since 1969.