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.
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.
Barrie James - Great Britain
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.
Jane James - Great Britain
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
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.
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!
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.
Corinna Körner - Spain
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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