Yunde Canine Enterprises (ABN 76 699 077 212) is owned and operated by
Steve Drinkwater and Cathy Slot from their home in Brisbane, Queensland,
Australia. Together Steve and Cathy offer over 40 collective years of dog
training experience and over 30 collective years involved in Agility (including
seminars, instructing, judging, administration and competition).
Cathy Slot is a successful Agility trainer and competitor. Cathy started Agility
in 1992 with her male German Shepherd Dog (Zac) and still remains an ardent
supporter of the breed. Currently Cathy is competing with her working GSD
(Asko SAAD, AATD, AAGD). She is the co-founder, and a Board Member, of the
Agility Dog Association of Australia Ltd (ADAA) and a Senior ADAA Agility
Judge. She was the second handler in Australia to achieve a Master Australian
Agility Dog (MAAD) title with her female GSD (Bo MAAD). Cathy was one of the
first dog trainers in Australia to develop practical training programs using a
Clicker suitable for use in classes in her role as Chief Instructor and
Committee Member of the Agility Dog Club of Queensland Inc (ADCQ). She has
conducted seminars around Australia, and with husband Steve, in Malaysia.
Cathy, along with Steve, was a co-founder and first results coordinator for the
International Agility Link (IAL).
Steve Drinkwater has
been involved in the development of Agility in Australia since he
first started with his Kelpie Cross, Tessa AD, AAD, in 1989. He has been on
the Inaugural Committee of four specialist Agility clubs and also co-founded the Agility Dog
Association of Australia Ltd (ADAA) in 1994. Steve is currently a Board Member of
ADAA, a Senior ADAA Agility Judge and the Global Administrator of the
International Agility Link (IAL), a position he has held since jointly creating the concept in
1997. The IAL is a global competition, involving over 20 countries and
2000 dogs that communicate through e-mail and a web site. Steve is also
a Council Member of the IFCS (representing Oceania). Steve has conducted Agility seminars
in New Zealand, Malaysia, England and Australia to teach handling skills, obstacle training
and Judging skills. Steve currently competes with his Australian Working Kelpie,
Tommy AAC, MAAD 8, Gamblers Dog. Steve and Tommy won
the Purina Incredible Dog Challenge in 2000 at the Royal Sydney Easter
Show and the ADAA Maxi Dog of the Year in 2002 and 2006 at
the Grand Prix. Steve and Tommy foster a connection on the Agility field that see the two work
as a team in a free flowing, yet precise and efficient, manner. In 2004
Steve was a Judge at the IFCS World Agility Championships in Spain and in 2006
Steve was the Chief Judge at the IFCS World Agility Championships in the Netherlands.
Steve and Cathy formed Yunde Canine Enterprises in 1996 so they could publish a
specialist Agility magazine. The original American magazine, Clean Run (CR)
began as a weekly newsletter in 1995. In 1996 Cathy and Steve were granted the
rights to publish/edit the Australian edition known as Clean Run Australia
(CRA). CRA first began as a weekly publication and soon progressed to
fortnightly and then to a monthly magazine in 1997. In May 2003 Steve & Cathy
published the last edition of CRA.
Yunde Canine Enterprises keeps in stock the majority of Agility related books
from Clean Run Productions (US). Cathy and Steve completed their first book,
written and published be themselves in 2001 based on training the beginner dog
in Agility with the use of Click & Reward.
Cathy and Steve strongly believe in “quality not quantity”!
This ethos is seen not only through the retail efforts of Yunde Canine
Enterprises but in their efforts to promote the sport of Dog Agility. For every
hour they spend working with Yunde Canine Enterprises they give back four
hours working as volunteers for non-profit organisations such as the Agility
Dog Association of Australia Ltd (ADAA) and the Agility Dog Club of
Queensland Inc (ADCQ).