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Judges - 2017 

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Iván Ámez - Spain

My name is Iván Ámez Álvarez and I live in Gijón (Asturias) where I was born in 1977. I got to know about agility for the first time in 2007, and I consider myself a very lucky person because of the great number of friends that I have made thanks to this sport, and they taught me to love and respect even more my dogs. Since the very first day I began in agility I always wanted to be surrounded by people who really love this sport and above all love their dogs. My debut in agility competition was in 2008 with my first dog Charly (a German Shepherd, actually retired at 12 years). Actually I compete with my Border Collie Phoebe and I have qualified three times for the Spanish KC championship finals.
In 2009, my wife Vanesa and I created our own agility club in Asturias with the main goal to promote agility in this community. After having organized many shows, two Spanish championships and the WAO world championship with massive presence of competitors and spectators, I think we have achieved it.
One of my passion in agility is to judge. I love watching competitors and their dogs  inside the ring. I really enjoy drawing the courses and I care a lot about the safety of the dogs. I just want to see dogs and handlers having a great time performing my courses. In the last few years I have been honoured to judge the International Agility Gotor Cup held in Zaragoza in two editions, Iberian Open final, qualifying heats for WAO and differents shows.
I want to thank André and Sally for inviting me to judge the Jersey European Agility Festival and I hope you all will enjoy this event as much as I will do.

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Barrie James - Great Britain

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My name is Barrie James and I live in Cardiff with my wife Sam and our 4 dogs. I work as a full time agility trainer and am based in South Wales however I travel throughout the UK and overseas to train, compete and judge. I have been training, competing and judging in agility for over 24 years and have been lucky enough to have had success at Crufts, Olympia and the World Agility Open. I have previously managed Team Wales for 3 years at the WAO and each year we have medalled, in addition I have also coached numerous Team GB members for EO and AWC. As an agility enthusiast (AKA Barrie Britainia), I take an active part in supporting GB Agility and am proud to attend major world class events and celebrate success. 
Over the years I have judged many qualifiers and finals (for UK Agility/International and the Kennel Club). I have also judged the Open Junior Agility Championships, Channel Island Dog of the Year, UKA Grand Finals and recently returned from the USA after judging the US Open.
 

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Jane James - Great Britain

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I live on the outskirts of Oxfordshire with my husband, three children and sixteen dogs. I started in the world of agility about 30 years ago with my very successful border collie Nicki. She qualified for every final going including Olympia, Crufts, Barbour Clockwatcher, Barbour Pairs, Pedigree Chum Team and Chum Pairs.
When my children, Katy, Molly and Owen started competing with their own dogs I took a back seat at competing and did more judging appointments.
I was first asked to judge in Jersey at the European Agility Festival in year 2000 when it was held at the Beuvelande Camp site and feel very honoured to have been asked again.
I am really looking forward to judging at this International show and would like to thank André and Sally Rees for inviting me.
Jersey is one of my favourite places to judge as it gives me an opportunity to see all my friends again.
Everyone is so warm and welcoming, it’s like home from home!

 

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Michelle Johnston - Jersey-France

My name is Michelle Johnston and I was born in Jersey. Living in Jersey meant I could see the sea on every dog walk. I now live beside lakes and forests in France with my family and my 6 dogs. I work from home as an agility trainer and behaviourist, and have recently started a business selling agility training aids that I have invented. I think I wanted to do agility from the age of 7 years old and built obstacles from garden furniture.  This was before agility was invented, but it was a childhood dream of mine that when I grew up I would train dogs, and my ultimate goal was to have three border collies. I soon went beyond the three dog rule and three dogs would now seem like a half empty house!    
My days are filled with dogs and I have been lucky to have had lovely dogs and successes with all my dogs, having qualified twice for Crufts, and many times for the French championship with all of my dogs.  I have also won Jersey agility dog of the year several times.
I judged at the Kennel club International  agility festival and Dogs in Need in 2015, and I judge regularly in France, but I am always happy when I judge in Jersey as it’s like coming home and I get to see friends.
This year I am delighted to be a Jersey judge at the Jersey Agility Festival and thank Sally and André for their kind invitation. Nothing makes me happier than being on an agility course, either with my own dogs, or judging.   
I really love to see dogs enjoying this sport and I believe courses should be great fun for the dog and handler but also challenging. Combining speed, enjoyment and precision is for me, what agility is about.

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Corinna Körner - Spain

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Hello, I´m Corinna Körner and I live with my husband and our Belgian Sheperd Stella Maris, in Barcelona (Spain).  I always had dogs in my life, my first two Agility dogs were Aiko and Kelly, both rescued Belgian Shepherd Groenendaels. With Kelly I trained her successfully and became Catalan Champions in individual and team of Catalan Agility Federation (FCAG). Further we were running Cani X and became Catalan Champion, took part in many international competitions including reaching finals at the European Opens. At present I compete with my 4 year old Groenendael Stella Maris.
The passion for this sport made me become a Kennel Club Agility Judge. I like to construct fluid and fast courses with technical parts. A challenge, hopefully for both handlers and dogs.
I want to thank Sally and André, for inviting me to judge. It is a honour and will be a great pleasure to combine again competing and judging at the Jersey European Agility Festival. It is aleady my 6th time taking part in my favourite Agility show; meeting new people and my "amigos".
Looking forward seeing you soon and having a wonderful time.....

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