About Us

The Birth of an Agility School (Flexible Flyers)

Mary Lou Hughes, Barbara DeMascio, and three other folks conceived Flexible Flyers Agility Group in 1991. It was Barbara and Mary Lou who came up with the name and logo.

When we first started, the Flexible Flyers training school was held at an indoor horse arena where we had to bring in, set up, and remove all our equipment every time we had classes. We are very fortunate now, as we are able to leave our equipment in the training building for the most part, only moving things out periodically, but rearranging obstacles for each class.

When we started our classes Barbara DeMascio became our one and only trainer. In January 2004, Barbara left us, as she was too busy giving seminars to commit to a teaching schedule.

We have now added more training nights and have three wonderful instructors to teach them. The making of equipment (jumps etc.) became the job and pride of Mary Lou who received help with from Paul Sandoe.

At this time we have, as students, several folks who started with us in our very first class. I want them to know how grateful Flexible Flyers is to still have them and wish them as much success and fun with their current four legged friend(s)/companion(s) as they have had in the past.

Our Purpose

Flexible Flyers Agility Group is made up of folks who have a commitment to use agility training as a means to enhance communication between dog and owner, strengthen the human/animal bond, and just have fun with your dog.

Contact Us:

Owner/Class Coordinator: Mary Lou Hughes


  • Pat Cochran
  • Sandy Costello
  • Sandi Shilling-Daniels

Website: Sara Webb


7 thoughts on “About Us

  1. I’m interested in enrolling my dog in agility training. Please contact me regarding schedule and cost. Thank you Sharon Silverthorne

    Posted by Sharon Silverthorne | April 24, 2021, 1:27 pm
  2. Mary Lou Hughes will reach out to you directly. I have provided her your email. Hope we can meet soon — Cliff (anderson_cliff@mac.com)

    Posted by cliffand | April 26, 2021, 1:25 pm
  3. Hello, I’d like to learn more about the pre-starter and beginner classes for my 8yo border collie.

    Posted by Brandy Savani | July 23, 2021, 1:15 am
  4. Hi, my name is Lauren Gray. I am interested in enrolling my dog, Kai in agility classes. Is their a phone number I can call to ask a few questions?
    Thank you!

    Posted by Lauren's Mt. Gilead updates and adventures! | July 23, 2021, 5:34 pm
  5. Hi Brandy! I understand one of our instructors has reached out to you. Hope this was helpful. As always, should you need anything, just drop me a note.

    Posted by cliffand | July 23, 2021, 6:12 pm
  6. I would like to organize a Red Cross Blood drive in your building. Can I do so?

    Posted by Nataly Babas | May 24, 2022, 2:45 pm
  7. The building is owned by the Boy Scouts. You will need to work with them for approval of this. Mary Lou can assist with introductions. Please send her an email or give her a call directly. (vdon@comcast.net / 610-692-5518)

    Posted by cliffand | May 24, 2022, 2:51 pm

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