I am absolutely thrilled to be asked to Judge the 2018 BC/Yukon Regional Championship once again!!
My obsession with agility started 18+ years ago when I signed up for my very first agility class. I was instantly hooked and in that time I have been blessed with amazing dogs who have shared my passion, given me so many precious memories and been by my side for some of my proudest moments.
I share my life with my husband, daughter and 3 border collies. I can often be seen competing in the ring with my 4 year old dog Wren and hope to be competing with Lark very soon. Over the last year I have had to retire my partner Sage … it is still difficult not to have her in the competition ring with me but she loves being spoiled in her old age.
In 2007 I became an AAC Judge and I love it!! Judging has given me the opportunity to see amazing relationships between handler and dog and to meet so many wonderful people. As always, I am excited to come out to BC and fully expect to be blown away by the talents of amazing teams.
As competitors’ step to the start line and the adrenaline starts to pump … I hope to see that they take a deep breath and glance down at their teammate, their best friend, the one who will be happy at the end of the run no matter what happens. Enjoy the moment, it’s yours to share.
Good luck everyone!!!
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.
Rebecca McKay is from Edmonton, Alberta. She started trialing in agility 13 years ago. Like most of us, it took no time to get hooked! Rebecca has run in many regional, national and world championship agility events. Although she works as an RN during the week she also started teaching and judging agility in 2008, then hosting agility events in 2010. She has hosted 4 national championships and dozens regional level events. She currently has 6 dogs, 5 border collies and a mixed breed, and always enjoyed the new challenges that agility brings! Good luck everyone!
I am excited beyond belief to come back home to the Lower Mainland & judge the BC/YK 2018 Regional Championships.
For 30 years I have competed successfully in a multitude of dog sports (schutzhund, obedience/rally, flyball, scent hurdling) where my dogs & I have earned way too many titles while having way too much fun. It was my BC, Abbi, that started me on this marvellous adventure involving weaves & tunnels back in 2003. It was she who took me across Alberta & Canada to Regionals & Nationals year after year, stood by my side on multiple podiums, & eventually enabled me to cross the ocean to my first WAC (FCI in 2009). It was also she who opened the door for me to become an AAC judge back in 2007 after her cruciate injury, a blessing in disguise.
After Abbi came my Papillons, Rhyval & now Quasi(modo), who taught me even more about handling & gave me a greater appreciation for course design after competing on both extremes of the spectrum. Because of my 3 amazing dogs I have been exceptionally proud to have been asked to represent Canada 12 times now between the 3 World Championships (ultimately earning 5 medals). Because of them we have won the AAC Nationals, AB/NWT Regionals, & Steeplechase Finals numerous times over the past 12 years. I have truly been blessed to have such wonderful furry teachers and thusly have shared their wisdom via coaching others for OC Agility since 2009.
G’Luck to everyone who steps to the line at Regionals this year. May the agility gods bring good weather, fun courses, clean runs, and joy in your heart as you run beside your furry partner.
(Regionals and Steeplechase 1)
Mary lives in Kamloops, B.C. and has been involved in agility since 1996. She has been a judge for almost 20 years. Her westie, Duffy, won the 1st B.C. and Yukon Regionals and also the AAC Nationals in 2001. He went on to win the B.C. and Yukon Regionals 2 more times. Her border collie, Skye, won the B.C. and Yukon Regionals once and the Nationals once as well.
Steeplechase 2 and Sunday Runoff Judge
What an honour to be invited to judge a Friday Steeplechase and the Sunday Finals! I am so excited! I’ll have the best view in the place!
I live in West Kelowna, BC with my husband and our family that includes two active teens and two wonderful dogs. I started agility in 1996 in Edmonton with my first dog Madison, a small mix breed, remembered with gratitude for leading me to the sport of Agility. I’ve since competed in Agility with Derby, our Border Collie, a super little athlete that excelled in multiple dog sports. I now enjoy working with Brazen and Bunny, our enthusiastic Irish Setters, rounding out my experience competing in all height classes and various categories.
In the late 1990s, I had the opportunity to start teaching and judging agility. I love supporting and cheering on competitors, both canine and human, as they test their training and work together towards the many different dreams available in this sport. Good luck to all in Steeplechase and at the BCYR Regional Championships this weekend. We are so lucky to have one weekend a year where our province comes together and we get to play with our dogs. Enjoy!