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Judges - 2018


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.


Andrew Dicker - Great Britain


My name is Andrew Dicker and I live in Reading, Berkshire with my wife Carol and our six dogs.
We first met about 22 years ago whilst competing at obedience competitions. It was about a year or so after that that she introduced me to the “dark side” and I have been enjoying competing and judging all around the world at agility ever since!
I have just one competitive dog at the moment, Joker who competes at Grade 7 (Champ).
In the past (with Tag) I have Won Crufts Team 2012, 2nd in 2010 and 2013 and Competed at Crufts 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015! Joker and I qualified for Olympia Semi-finals 2015
I have been exceptionally privileged to have judged in Jersey, Norway, Italy, Holland, Spain, USA, Dubai, Singapore and in the UK as well! I am a UK Kennel Club Championship judge, an FCI international judge and American Kennel Club (AKC) Excellent/Masters judge.
I was very honoured to be given the appointment of judging the first ever Westminster Agility Challenge at the famous Westminster Show in New York in 2014 subsequently I have also judged the AKC Invitational in Orlando in 2016.
In addition, I have Judged YKC (Young Kennel Club) Agility at Crufts 2011 and just recently was the Agility Judge at the Discover Dogs event held at the ExCel in London in 2017
I would like to thank Sally and André for inviting me to judge once again at the Jersey European Agility Festival. I love the relaxed and friendly manner in which the show is organised and the hospitality here is second to none. I always feel like I am coming home!


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 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!



David Powell - France


Born and bred in the UK, David Powell moved to France in 1972. He has been competing in Agility since 1998, with Welsh Terriers: Nina, Uranie and now, Llio. Nina and Uranie both competed in Grade 3 (the highest grade in France). David has been judging since 2003, and had the privilege of judging at the 2011 FCI Agility World Championship in Liévin, France. He has also judged in Austria, Colombia (American and Caribbean Championship), Czech Republic (Moravia Open), Denmark (Dania Cup), England (International Agility Festival), Finland, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Jersey, Norway, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden. This is his second assignment to the Jersey European Agility Festival (the previous one being in 2016).

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