I am 51 years old and my agility career started in the USA when I was living there in the early 1990’s
I competed there for many years with a Beagle and an English Cocker Spaniel, and my German Shorthair Pointer. We competed in AKC and USDAA.
In 1997 I returned to South Africa,( with my Pointer!), I helped get Agility started in SA, with rules and equipment specs etc . Peter Lewis came out and I was invited to become an FCI Agility judge..
I am now on the SA panel as an International judge, and a senior championship show judge. I have judged the South African national Agility championships as well as finals for the WC South African team.
I have also judged in Czech republic in 2009.
In addition to my judging duties I’m very much a competitor with my Border Collie. I have represented South Africa in Lievin in 2003, and again in 2011, and in Germany in 2010.
Together with Gaby Grohovas I have presented judging workshops in South Africa where we qualified 6 FCI agility judges.
I have also been appointed as a judge at the 2012 European Open in Sweden.
I have been involved in dog sport “Obedience, Dog Jumping and Agility” since 1992. I assisted in establishing a federation club in Welkom where I did obedience and agility with two dogs. This was before KUSA did agility.
In 1994 I started to compete with three dogs in dog jumping in Bloemfontein and all three were qualified to grade 1 which is the highest grade in dog jumping. In 1995 I won the Free State Dog Jumping league. I represented the Free State Interprovincial Team from 1995 to 1998 with three dogs. This team won the Interprovincial Team Challenge in 1997 in Western Province and 1998 in Pietermaritzburg. I won the Bloemfontein Show event in 1995 with one dog and 1997 with another dog.
When KUSA started agility in South Africa I qualified as an Agility judge under Peter Lewis from England and Nick Claassen from South Africa. When the first Agility demonstration event was held by KUSA in SA at Enslin Park in Johannesburg I was invited to take part with one of my dogs. Two of my dogs qualified to grade 3 in agility.
After judging a number of open shows the KUSA Nationals were held in Bloemfontein. Agility was not yet fully established in South Africa and I was invited to judge an agility event at this Nationals. This event was not recognized as a Championship show. A year after this event Agility was recognized as a championship event.
I was invited to judge the first AWC trials in South Africa which was held in Port Shepstone in 2001. After this I judged the AWC trials in Johannesburg, twice in Pretoria, Pietermaritzburg, Cape Town and I was involved as the up contact judge in Pietermaritzburg and designed the practice courses.
For the last four years I am the course coordinator for the AWC and SA Champ trials.
I have also judged a number of KUSA National events over the years.
I qualified as an International judge when I was invited to judge the first FCI show held in South Africa. Thereafter I have judged three FCI shows in South Africa. I have already been invited to judge two FCI shows in South Africa this year.
I never had the opportunity to judge outside South Africa.
I will be available to travel to any country which I am invited to.
First of all I must express my gratitude for being selected as one of the judges for the World Championship.
I look forward to being a part of this Championships, and I hope it will be as exciting for the competitors and spectators as it will be for me.
I am 58 years old, and started with agility in 1992. The first dog I competed with was the rare Japanese breed Shiba Inu, which was the dog I had at the time. Nowadays I compete with my Border Collie, (For fun!).
I have been involved on most sides of agility in Norway through the Norwegian Kennel Club.
I am an instructor, a judge, and I compete with my border collie.
I was a member of the organizing committee in 2007 when Norway hosted the world championship at Hamar. I have been the coach for the Norwegian National Team, and a member of the Judge commission in Norway.