Mary Lee has been training and exhibiting dogs in AKC conformation since 2004. She represents the fourth generation of AKC conformation exhibitors in her family. The tradition began with her late great-great-uncle Joe McNees who bred and showed West Highland White terriers under the kennel name J-Mac.
As a beagle breeder, Mary’s goal is to raise healthy beagles as close to the AKC standard as possible. All puppies are born and raised in a home environment. Puppies and adults are available on occasion.
Mary is grateful to Bob and the late Pat Coffey of Irish Coffey Beagles for their years of support and collaboration. "The Coffey's have allowed me to own such great beagles, and I am forever grateful. "
Mary has also trained and handled dogs in AKC companion and performance events including obedience, rally, lure coursing, scent work, and agility. She is a member of the National Beagle Club of America, the Peruvian Inca Orchid Club of the United States, and the Golden Triangle Kennel Club. Mary occasionally competes in United Kennel Club events. At her first UKC event in 2006, she handled her beagle, Ch. Aggie's Leegle Beagle, to a Best in Show win.
Mary has frequently demonstrated her ability to successfully handle diverse breed types. She has handled multiple breeds to their conformation championships and to group wins and placements. In 2010, Mary handled her beagle, GCh. Irish Coffey Tipperary Sparkling Wine, to the First Award of Merit in 15" beagles at Westminster Kennel Club. Mary handled GCh. Sugarok Born in the USA "Bruce" to the Best of Breed award in Finnish Lapphunds at the 2012 Westminster Kennel Club and appeared in the televised Herding Group handling Bruce. At the 2011 AKC National Championship, Mary handled Finnish Lapphund GCh. Sugarok Champagne On Ice (owned by Linda Marden) to a BOS win, and kuvasz GCh. Szumeria Lucky Charm and Peruvian Inca Orchid, B'Arturo Chacla's Camp CM (owned by Barb Harris), to Awards of Excellence. At the 2012 AKC National Championship, Mary handled 13" beagle GCh. Irish Coffey Shadows on the Shannon to the Select Dog win. In 2016 at the AKC National Championship, Mary handled Ch. Marbelhill First in Flight Over Dunwich (owned by Kelly Maliszewski) to Best of Opposite Sex in 13" beagles and her kuvasz, Ch. Talizman Pull the Perfect Pint CGC CPA, to a2nd place award in the Bred-By-Exhibitor working group.
Mary is currently available for assignments as an AKC junior showmanship judge (provisional).