Jesstar Shelties was established in 1986 in Beavercreek, Ohio. The Jesstar prefix came about when Jessica’s Mother came up with the idea of combining the name of their first family sheltie, Star, and the first part of Jessica’s name… and so Jesstar was born.
Jessica’s passion for purebred dogs began over 30 years ago when her family got their first sheltie, Star, as a Christmas Present from her Father. At the time Jessica was active in showing horses, so naturally she wanted to participate in dog sports as well. This led to her first conformation sheltie Oak Crest Smokes Arisen. While Smokey never finished his championship, he started Jessica along the path of becoming a successful junior handler and opened doors to lead her to what she is about today.
Today, Jessica has bred over 50 American Champions as well as dogs that have won top honors in Canada, Japan, China, Peru and Columbia.
She has won numerous other awards as a breeder/owner/handler including Best In Show at the American National Specialty, Best Of Opposite at the Canadian National Specialty, Best In Futurity at the ASSA, Best Of Breed and numerous Award Of Merits at the Westminster Kennel club in NYC, and Bred By Herding Group winner at the Eukanuba Invitational to name a few.
As a professional handler, Jessica has campaigned multiple top five Shetland Sheepdogs; including #1 Shetland Sheepdog and multiple Best In Show winners.