Meet the Committee

Canine Hoopers UK is run by a committee. Each of the committee members has an equal vote and they make decisions regarding the Rules, Regulations and work hard to maintain the ethos and integrity of the organisation and the sport as a whole.

Hayley Laches

Hayley Laches

Hayley is based in South Lincolnshire and runs Taming Canines, a dog training club based near Spalding. Working full time in a reputable rescue centre learning about canine behaviour before qualifying to be a dog training instructor with BIPDT, Hayley set up classes for agility and obedience in 2011 and now also offers Hoopers classes. Hayley has been the driving force behind bringing Hoopers to the UK and has been successfully teaching and running Hoopers/NADAC style competitions since 2015.

Hayley competes in agility with a range of different breeds currently spanning grades 3 to 7 at the Kennel Club, most commonly seen competing with distance handling with her Kelpies and her Husky. When not training or competing in agility and hoopers, Hayley spends her time competing in Bikejor and doing other dog related activities such as K9SUP, heelwork to music freestyle, running the British Agility Association and working with dogs with behavioural issues.

Hayley does a lot of 1-2-1 training specifically aimed at problem solving for handlers and their dogs. Hayley only teaches using positive methods that involve games and free shaping.

Hayley has applied her many years sports training experience along with her professional training qualifications to develop and deliver our Accredited Instructor Programme throughout the UK, her passion for developing trainers and sports dogs is evident.

Find out more about Hayley and the services she offers here:

Karen Doig

Karen Doig

Karen Doig is the main driving force behind Hoopers growing so fast up in Scotland. She is an Advanced Accredited CHUK instructor, travelling and putting on events and workshops as much as she can. Based up in Scotland, when she isn’t busy working with students on their Hoopers skills, she can be found up in the hills with the dogs and the sheep.

Karens club is K9’s on the Wildside. They run training, workshops and competitions regularly in Scotland.

Jan Rowbotham

Jan Rowbotham

Jan is an Advanced ACHUKI based in Worcestershire and runs Go Go Hoopers offering weekly classes, 1-2-1s and workshops. She also hosts Canine Hoopers UK Shows / Progression Events and ‘guest’ trains for other Instructors and Clubs.

Jan has two spaniels, Rosie and Monty, who both have health issues and / or joint problems – they were her motivation for trying Hoopers towards the end of 2017, and after one taster session Jan was hooked!

She became a Level 1 Instructor in March 2018, and qualified as an Advanced Instructor in June 2019. She judges at CHUK Shows / Progression Events on a regular basis and competes with her Cocker Spaniel Monty – they have achieved Novice level in Hoopers, Barrellers and Touch & Go. Jan’s Springer Spaniel Rosie has ongoing health issues and finds the show environment very stressful so Jan has chosen not to compete with her – however, Rosie does love to work and Jan enjoys training with her when Rosie’s health allows.

Jan works closely with a couple of other Advanced Instructors (Catherine Manfield – The Doggie Den & Rachel Kuttner – Happy Dog Training) so they can all share training tips & ideas and run joint events & training workshops. She also trains with Hayley Laches (Head Trainer at CHUK) as often as possible to maintain & develop her skills and knowledge.

Adopting the 'Superhero Pose' at the 2021 Tri Score Tournament!