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Designing Courses is Quite Difficult!
There's been a lot of debate recently about the suitability  of courses for a particular type of class. Some competitors are quick to criticise when things are not right for them, but very rarely give praise when things go well. Judges too, can misunderstand what their objective should be when designing a course. Barrie Harvey, Chairman of The Agility Club, puts forward his point of view.
Angelo 'Doc' Docherty
Angelo 'Doc' Docherty's path into judging was not an easy one as he did not come through the usual agility training route. Nevertheless he is celebrated his 300th Kennel Club appointment in 2018 and looking for more.
Global Judging
Week after week, agility judges all around the country set courses to test of our ability. If we struggle, we can go away and train these challenges further. So surely developing our judges so they set safe and appropriate yet challenging courses is in all our interests? Most judges will at some point have taken assessments or exams and following successful completion gone off to judge. And that, for the majority, is where their professional development ends as there has been nothing to cater for them in this regard. Until now... Becky Dixon reports on the Global Judging Program (GJP).
Good Judges List
With all the recent talk about judges on the Agility Forum and around the rings, it's obviously that there is a great disparity among judges. What makes one judge standout from another? Would you agree that the judge sets the tone for the ring. After a long weekend with a judge who obviously felt nothing but contempt for the handlers, American Arlyn Sigeti, herself a judge, wrote this list of the qualities that she values in a judge.
An Inspired Guide to Course Setting
Did you know that more than half of the injuries to agility dogs happen at competitions? It is the judge's responsibility to set a course and create a safe environment for the dog in the ring. Inspire Agility founder Ruthie Pegs is passionate about improving the welfare of agility dogs by supporting the training of instructors and judges. Below she sets out a rough guide to some things to consider when designing an agility course to ensure healthy dogs and happy competitors. (06/08/21)

Judges A-List
If you've ever needed a judge (or two) for your next show or club event, here is a list of people who have had experience. It's not everybody but there is a good selection of people from different parts of the country. Some may be booked up already for this year, but at least it's somewhere to start. (Updated regularly)
Judges Gifts
A good agility judge can be hard to find, as show secretaries everywhere will confirm. Judges give up their chance to compete with their own dogs in order to spend a day standing in pouring rain, freezing cold, blustery gales or even (sometimes) sweltering heat while hundreds of hopeful handlers and dogs sweep past, expecting (quite rightly) that the judge will be paying 100% focused attention to every move they make.
Judge's Special
Patch Guipago explains what these very special rosette's have meant to her and her deaf collie Defa.

Kennel Club Judges Training Programme
Effective as of 1 July 2006, anyone wishing to judge at a KC agility event for the very first time and those who will be submitting questionnaires to the Kennel Club for approval to award Kennel Club Agility Certificates will be required to have attended a seminar and passed a an examination.
(18/07/04)
One Wheel or Two?
You may have noticed judges walking around agility courses with a strange unicycle type contraption. These are known as measuring wheels and they are used to help judges set a realistic course time. Lynne Shore explains...
Setting a course for Judging
Getting the course right on the day can make or break a show for people. Lin Bergan shares some of her thoughts on designing courses for the right level of competitor.(07/02/04)

So You're Going to Judge for the First Time
You're pleased. You're flattered. You're terrified. You've suddenly realised there might be some things you might not know or havenít been told about. Experienced judge Lesley Wilks passes on some tips for newbie judges on what to do on your big debut. (14/12/02)
Talking the Course
Handlers get the chance before the contest to 'Walk the Course' before they run it. So why shouldn't judges have the opportunity to 'Talk the Course' afterwards to  explain and, if necessary, justify the rationale behind it.  (28/07/04)

 

YOU Make the Call
Have you ever sat in the dentist's waiting room, flipping through the pages of Seventeen or Cosmo and passing the time by filling in those cheeky questionnaires to find out if you were a wallflower or a glam queen, a thoughtful lover or a selfish cad?  Now you've got your chance to find out whether you be a good, bad or indifferent agility judge. And you don't even need a pencil - just press a key and your score is computed for you.  You may not like the result, but you probably didn't like what Cosmo had to say about you either! (17/10/01)

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