From a BC Regional event:
My agility journey began in 2001 with my first Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Chance. In 2004, I co-founded my own agility club, The Agility Connection (TAC), which hosts three annual AAC Sanctioned Trials at Lake Ontario Park in Kingston and monthly fun matches during the indoor season. My judging experience began by designing and judging courses for TAC’s fun matches. I attended my first judge’s clinic in August 2009 as a Starters/Advanced candidate, and completed my practical judging exam “at home” in July 2010. In 2014, I organized a Masters Judge’s upgrade clinic and went on to complete my practical judging assignment in November 2014. Since then, I had the good fortune to judge at the 2016 Nationals and have enjoyed the opportunity of judging Starters, Advanced and Masters events in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.
I am passionate about the welfare of dogs less fortunate than our own, having organized many successful fundraisers and volunteering for numerous dog-related charities, including the emergency shelter for Humane Society International (HSI) in Quebec. Since finding my passion for rescue, I have had the privilege of welcoming nearly forty dogs into my home for stays anywhere from one night to nineteen months or “forever”.
I currently share my heart and home with three Chesapeake Bay Retrievers (Auden, True and Lyric), a Border Collie X (Livy, owned by my daughter), an All Canadian (Fayth) and Mabel the Cat. Lyric is semi-retired but I am currently competing with Auden, True, Livy and Fayth. My previous agility partners were three male Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, i.e. Chance, Eliot and Forrest. In addition to agility, I enjoy training and competing in CARO and have attended several Dock Dog events (where the Chessies lose their minds!).
I very much look forward to the experience of judging my first Regionals, making new agility friends and reconnecting with friends I made when I judged in BC.