2020 BC Yukon Regional Judges

PAMELA FORD

I am so honoured and excited to have been asked to judge at the 2020 BC Yukon Regional Championships.  Having been a competitor at many Regional events, I know the hard work, determination, athleticism and training that go into qualifying for Nationals.  I am excited to be able to watch all of the amazing teams who will be running this year!

But it’s not all about winning.  Having competed with non-traditional, crazy fast and not-so-motivated dogs, I understand all too well that we all have our own goals.  Whether it’s not running off, having a clean jumper, or just wishing for all three contacts, the goals we set for ourselves are the things we need to celebrate.  Go easy on yourself and celebrate your success!

Most importantly, I want to encourage every competitor to take it all in.  Enjoy the time with your canine partners.  Have a laugh with your friends.  Make new friends!

I would like to take this opportunity to extend my appreciation to those that matter most…. THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS!!!!!   You are truly the heart of every agility event.  We can’t do this without you.   You are truly, very much appreciated.

Leave it all on the field!

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MEAGHAN O’NEILL

 I am very excited to be part of the group of judges chosen for the 2020 BC/Yukon Regionals. I have been lucky enough to be around the dog world for over 20 years, competing in Agility, Flyball and performing in Superdogs. I have trained with many different breeds of dogs and people and privileged enough to compete all over the world. 

I decided to take the next step several years ago and try my hand at judging,  immediately fell in love it with. My approach to course design is going for fast and flows lines with unique challenges. I have enjoyed the experience I have gained as a certified Masters AAC/UKI judge but thrilled to be judging my first Regionals. I am looking forward to watching all the dogs and handlers to step to the line and give it their all. Good luck to everyone competing!

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ANIC VERMETTE

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PAULA COLLINS

I began competing with dogs in the 80’s with my Belgian Tervurens, followed by smaller mixed breed (mostly terrier and herding dog) rescues and now am training my Border Collie puppy. I have competed and titled dogs in AAC, UKI, USDAA and NADAC agility, APDT Rally-O, CARO Rally-O, Scent Hurdle, CKC Obedience and Flyball.

In 2019 I completed the Global Judging Level 2 Assessment program and earned the status of Affiliate Judge in the Global Judging Program. This is an International program to accredit Agility Judges to the highest level available in the world. This program focuses on elements such as Safety, Course Design, Judges Path, Accurate Calls and more. At this time there are only 4 Agility judges in Canada that have received accreditation with the Global Judging Program.

Judge’s education is a passion of mine and I have additionally participated in an online and course design education program hosted by Tamas Traj.

I had the distinct pleasure of being on of the judges at the 2019 US UKI Open.

I am a member of the AAC JSAC (Judges Standing Advisory Committee), participating in projects to increase the level of education available to judges.

I’m very excited to watch all the teams competing in the AAC 2020 Regionals (AB/NWT and BC) and Nationals from the best seat in the house!   I look forward to seeing dogs and handlers having fun on each course.

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CHRISTINE MANDY

I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to have one of the best seats in the house again at this year’s BC Yukon Regionals. I look forward to reconnecting with my BC friends and all the fun we will have both on and off the agility fields.
For those of you who don’t know me… 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), in Kingston. My judging experience began by designing and judging courses for TAC’s fun match trials. I officially became a Starters/Advanced judge in July 2010 and a Masters Judge in November 2014. Since then, in addition to the good fortune of judging 2018 and 2019 BC Yukon Regionals, I had the privilege of judging at the 2016 Nationals in Montreal and I very much look forward to judging this years Nationals in Calgary. Judging has been very good to me, I have seen places I would have never seen and met some of the most amazing people/teams I would not have otherwise met. To say I have thoroughly enjoyed judging Starters, Advanced and Masters events from one beautiful coast of this country to the other is an understatement. Since entering the world of agility, I have trained and competed with six Chesapeake Bay Retrievers and two All Canadians. I am currently competing at the Starters/Advanced levels with Livy (my daughters hand raised BC cross) and Fayth (aka Fluffy Bear, an All Canadian who found her way into my heart and home in March 2015). I am currently training my third All Canadian, Zoom, a foster failure sweetheart from a reserve in Northern Quebec and my seventh CBR, Worthy. I also enjoy training and competing in CARO and have dabbled in dock dogs and nose work.

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 been privileged to welcome approximately forty dogs into my home for stays from anywhere from one night to nineteen months or “forever”.

I currently share my heart and home with Fayth, Zoom, Worthy and Mabel the Cat. May you all enjoy your regional experience as much as I know I will enjoy sharing the time with you and your partners.

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SANDY MADAY

I caught the agility bug 17 years ago when I took my first class to try something new with my young American Cocker Spaniel, Colby. Since that class, I have had the joy of playing agility with 5 different American Cocker Spaniels and they have all taught me different things over the past 17 years. I have been lucky enough to work with some great trainers over the years, but the most important lesson I have learned is to enjoy the journey. We have such a limited time with our canine partners, and it is most important to enjoy every moment when training and trialing.

Since I started playing agility, I have earned an ATChC from AAC with 3 of my dogs. We have also earned 2 bronze versatility awards and 2 silver Steeplechase awards (something not too many cockers earn). I am currently working with my two younger dogs, Dodger and Gabbi.

I have also competed in CKC agility, scent hurdle racing and flyball with my American Cocker Spaniels.

In 2015 I ventured into the world of judging agility, and it has been a fabulous experience. I continue to meet wonderful dogs and handlers, who enjoy the game as much as I do. I am honoured to be asked to judge again for the 2020 BC Yukon Regional Championship, and my wish for all competitors is to run fast, run clean and enjoy your journey with your canine partner(s).