My name is Marisa Melo and I live in Mount Shasta, CA. I'm eleven-years-old and a 4.0 GPA student in sixth grade. I would like to tell everyone a little bit about my favorite thing to do, which is training Labrador Retrievers to run in AKC Hunt Tests.
I am currently training under dog handlers Misty Melo and Jay Phelps with additional guidance from several of the industries professional handlers. I started working with dogs when I was 8 years old in the field with my mom and decided to start running hunt tests last year at age 10. I entered my first Junior Hunt test in Fallon, NV and was able to get two passes towards the junior hunter title, as the test was a double header. I went on to complete the junior hunter title last year and had a blast doing it! Getting to travel around the west coast and see different sites and meet different people in the industry is so much fun! I'm now running in Senior tests and have completed the first leg of the needed four to obtain the Senior hunter title on my dog while I am still eleven. Over the last year and a half I have been very lucky and have had some great people supporting me along with some great companies that sponsor me to help me achieve my goals.
My future goals are to finish the senior hunter title this year and enter a few Field Trial Derby's and Master Hunt tests to get some more experience. In 2012 I am setting the goal to make it to the Master Nationals and of course have a bunch of fun in the fields! Long term I plan to become a professional dog trainer and travel the country entering AKC events as I love to dog train and I think it will be a successful career for me. Well that is all for now, and I look forward to seeing you in the fields. Be sure to look me up at www.pepperjackkennels.com.