Ring Surface & Equipment

The Championships will be held on grass, and FCI equipment provided by Galican will be used.

Judges

Martin Cavill

It’s an honour and privilege to be asked to judge at the European Open Championships to be held in the UK for the first time.

I got hooked on agility after following my wife around the country while she was competing with her Cocker Spaniels. In 2004 I started competing with my own Cocker Spaniel and now compete with Working Cockers and Border Collies.

In 2007 I qualified as an agility judge and in 2015 as a Kennel Club Championship Judge and have had the honour of awarding Championship Certificates at all three heights. The highlight of my judging career to date was judging the Olympia Agility Finals at the Horse of the year show in London. 2020 will be a busy year, as alongside the European Open, I will also be the Agility judge at Crufts.
Much of my judging influence comes from observing how agility is evolving across the globe. I like to promote the good aspects of agility, to demonstrate the ultimate partnership between dog and handler and to demonstrate the diverse skills required to negotiate courses with speed and accuracy.

It’s my honour to judge the 2020 European Open Championships in the UK, home of Agility. I would like to wish all competitors the best of luck and a great competition.

Sascha Grunder

First, I would like to warmly welcome all handlers and their dogs participating at the FCI European Open 2020 in Great Britain. I’m looking forward meeting interesting people, watching great dogs – a weekend of interesting and competitive agility lies ahead.

I wish everybody a wonderful time, having fun with their best friends – may all your dreams come true!

In 2008, I had the privilege of qualifying as a Swiss agility judge and received the international status in 2010. Throughout my international judging career, I have had the chance to judge in almost 30 different countries. The highlight was with no doubt judging the FCI Agility World Championship 2015 in Italy.

My goal as a judge is to design courses that challenge the human competitors as well as their dogs. These courses should allow the dogs to show their precision and athleticism at a high speed. The courses should consist of sequences that can be handled in different ways and styles, so that the dog is able to move through the entire course smoothly, agilely and quickly. As a judge, I have not only the desire but also the duty to present courses that are attractive to the spectators, interesting and challenging for the human competitors and above all fun, enjoyable and safe for the dogs.

My second passion besides judging is running agility with my dogs. I started seriously training and competing in 2002. Already then, I was fascinated by the dog’s precision and speed. Above all, I was impressed by how much the dogs enjoyed running through the agility courses. As an active agility competitor, I look back most fondly on the six times I was able to compete at the FCI European Open and my participation at the FCI Agility World Championship.

Dave Jolly

It is such a great honour to be asked to judge at the first European Open Agility finals to be held in the UK.

I started in agility with my first dog in 1981 and have since competed with a further 8, all Border Collies.

My first judging appointment came the next year and I successfully completed the Agility Club Judging Examination in 1989 and have been an instructor on Agility Club judging seminars from then until the advent of Kennel Club Judging seminars. I am a Kennel Club Accredited Judges Trainer for Agility and also a member of the Kennel Club’s Activities Judges Sub Group and have now been delivering agility judges training for nearly 30 years!

I still regularly judge several times a year as I enjoy this element of the sport almost as much as the competing. Whilst judging you get the best view of the amazing teamwork that dog agility creates.
I design flowing courses that offer handling choices and therefore require good handling skills that showcase the best in the partnership between dog and handler.

I wish all competitors at EO2020 the most fun with their best friend at this amazing event.

Jari Suomalainen

My name is Jari Suomalainen. I´m 47-year-old agilityjudge from Finland. I became international FCI- judge in 2013. Recently, I have judged in national championships and in AWC/EO-tryouts in Sweden, in AWC/EO-tryouts in Hungary and of course in Finland. I have also judged in Norwegian Open. Last year I judged in seven different countries.

I started agility in 1995 with my Dalmatians. Some of you may remember me when I competed with kooikerhondje Frodo. In our long career we won both individual and team competition in AWC (2006), EO (2009), Nordic championships (individuals two times in a row, 2010 and 2011) and Finnish championships (individuals four times in a row 2008-2011). Nowadays I don´t compete at this high level, because my hip and leg were operated four years ago, and after that I can´t run agility. But that leaves me more time for judging.

When I was a competitor I loved full speed and accuracy. When I plan my courses I aim to these elements.  Also, I want that my courses are always safe even for the fastest dog. I want to offer fair and fluent line for the dog, and if the handler makes a good course-plan she/he can get a good and smooth line also. My courses seem to be quite easy on the paper, but because of the speed they usually are not so easy. You can find my courses in my blog (http://kooijari.blogspot.fi) or in my Facebook profile (agilitycourses 2019).

It is a great honor to be nominated to judge in European Open 2020. I’m looking forward to see lots of fantastic runs and great emotions during the competition. I wish all participants good luck – enjoy the competition!

Dave Deaville

I have been competing in agility since 1992 and judging from 1997.

Currently competing with both border collies and kooikerhondjes up to championship level.

I have had the privilege of judging a number of notable events and finals over the years including Crufts, Crufts YKC and Discover Dogs as well as judging at championship level for a number of years.

Neil Ellis

Hello to all spectators & competitors from around the world attending the European Open Championships in the UK in 2020, I hope you enjoy the event and have a fantastic competition. I would firstly like to thank The Kennel Club for awarding me with this prestigious appointment. I feel extremely proud and honoured to be taking on a very important role and in my home country, I am very excited!

I have been judging since 2009 and have judged at Championship Level in the UK since 2017. I started competing with my first dog, a sprocker spaniel, who reached Agility Champion status and competed at two European Opens before retiring in 2016 and this has allowed me to focus on my judging career. I pride myself on designing course that flow with great lines for the dogs but present different handling options. It is of paramount importance to me that the courses are safe for dogs and competitors, but ensure that a variety of skill sets are challenged to make for a great spectacle!

I am looking forward to working with fellow British judges Martin Cavill, Dave Jolly & Gary Murphy as well as Sacha Grunder & Jari Suomalainen. I am thrilled to be working as an up contact judge and have one of the best seats in the house for some fantastic agility.

I look forward to welcoming you all in 2020 and the very best of luck to all competitors at the event! Run fast, think faster!

Gary Murphy

I have been competing for 20 years at the highest grades. My achievements to date are reaching several large dog championship finals and competing at Crufts.

I commenced judging in 2010. I did not think I would enjoy it but gave it a go and loved it; never looked back.

My highlights in judging have been Crufts 2016, Discover Dogs and various finals.
My course designs tend to be flowing and fast plus offer the opportunity to be handled in differing ways but still challenging to handler & dog. Watch for the lines and what the dog sees.

I feel very honoured to be involved in and part of the EO2020 UK Championships. I may be a little busy but will still enjoy the atmosphere which I am sure you and the supporters will make electric.
I acknowledge the dedication it takes to train & build the partnerships/Bonds with your dog/s.

Have fun and enjoy your dog. Keep smiling!!!!
Good luck to you all; Go for it!!

Amanda Pigg

I have been doing agility since 1992 when I started with my families lab x called Spud. Subsequent dogs followed as I became addicted to agility!

I started judging in 2001. I soon found that course designing was good fun, and I really enjoy seeing partnerships attacking my courses and running them just the way I had envisaged. I have judged all levels and heights here in the UK.

In competition, I have worked 3 dogs at our top G7 level and enjoyed winning both a RCC and CC and competing in most prestigious UK agility finals including Olympia and Crufts.

Just over a year ago, I left my profession as a Buyer, to start teaching agility, though I had dabbled in teaching for many years previously. Being able to help support and develop different agility partnerships is very rewarding.
Seeing agility at its highest level is truly breath taking.

Martin Cavill

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Martin Cavill

It’s an honour and privilege to be asked to judge at the European Open Championships to be held in the UK for the first time.

I got hooked on agility after following my wife around the country while she was competing with her Cocker Spaniels. In 2004 I started competing with my own Cocker Spaniel and now compete with Working Cockers and Border Collies.

In 2007 I qualified as an agility judge and in 2015 as a Kennel Club Championship Judge and have had the honour of awarding Championship Certificates at all three heights. The highlight of my judging career to date was judging the Olympia Agility Finals at the Horse of the year show in London. 2020 will be a busy year, as alongside the European Open, I will also be the Agility judge at Crufts.
Much of my judging influence comes from observing how agility is evolving across the globe. I like to promote the good aspects of agility, to demonstrate the ultimate partnership between dog and handler and to demonstrate the diverse skills required to negotiate courses with speed and accuracy.

It’s my honour to judge the 2020 European Open Championships in the UK, home of Agility. I would like to wish all competitors the best of luck and a great competition.

Sascha Grunder

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Sascha Grunder

First, I would like to warmly welcome all handlers and their dogs participating at the FCI European Open 2020 in Great Britain. I’m looking forward meeting interesting people, watching great dogs – a weekend of interesting and competitive agility lies ahead.

I wish everybody a wonderful time, having fun with their best friends – may all your dreams come true!

In 2008, I had the privilege of qualifying as a Swiss agility judge and received the international status in 2010. Throughout my international judging career, I have had the chance to judge in almost 30 different countries. The highlight was with no doubt judging the FCI Agility World Championship 2015 in Italy.

My goal as a judge is to design courses that challenge the human competitors as well as their dogs. These courses should allow the dogs to show their precision and athleticism at a high speed. The courses should consist of sequences that can be handled in different ways and styles, so that the dog is able to move through the entire course smoothly, agilely and quickly. As a judge, I have not only the desire but also the duty to present courses that are attractive to the spectators, interesting and challenging for the human competitors and above all fun, enjoyable and safe for the dogs.

My second passion besides judging is running agility with my dogs. I started seriously training and competing in 2002. Already then, I was fascinated by the dog’s precision and speed. Above all, I was impressed by how much the dogs enjoyed running through the agility courses. As an active agility competitor, I look back most fondly on the six times I was able to compete at the FCI European Open and my participation at the FCI Agility World Championship.

Dave Jolly

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Dave Jolly

It is such a great honour to be asked to judge at the first European Open Agility finals to be held in the UK.

I started in agility with my first dog in 1981 and have since competed with a further 8, all Border Collies.

My first judging appointment came the next year and I successfully completed the Agility Club Judging Examination in 1989 and have been an instructor on Agility Club judging seminars from then until the advent of Kennel Club Judging seminars. I am a Kennel Club Accredited Judges Trainer for Agility and also a member of the Kennel Club’s Activities Judges Sub Group and have now been delivering agility judges training for nearly 30 years!

I still regularly judge several times a year as I enjoy this element of the sport almost as much as the competing. Whilst judging you get the best view of the amazing teamwork that dog agility creates.
I design flowing courses that offer handling choices and therefore require good handling skills that showcase the best in the partnership between dog and handler.

I wish all competitors at EO2020 the most fun with their best friend at this amazing event.

Jari Suomalainen

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Jari Suomalainen

My name is Jari Suomalainen. I´m 47-year-old agilityjudge from Finland. I became international FCI- judge in 2013. Recently, I have judged in national championships and in AWC/EO-tryouts in Sweden, in AWC/EO-tryouts in Hungary and of course in Finland. I have also judged in Norwegian Open. Last year I judged in seven different countries.

I started agility in 1995 with my Dalmatians. Some of you may remember me when I competed with kooikerhondje Frodo. In our long career we won both individual and team competition in AWC (2006), EO (2009), Nordic championships (individuals two times in a row, 2010 and 2011) and Finnish championships (individuals four times in a row 2008-2011). Nowadays I don´t compete at this high level, because my hip and leg were operated four years ago, and after that I can´t run agility. But that leaves me more time for judging.

When I was a competitor I loved full speed and accuracy. When I plan my courses I aim to these elements.  Also, I want that my courses are always safe even for the fastest dog. I want to offer fair and fluent line for the dog, and if the handler makes a good course-plan she/he can get a good and smooth line also. My courses seem to be quite easy on the paper, but because of the speed they usually are not so easy. You can find my courses in my blog (http://kooijari.blogspot.fi) or in my Facebook profile (agilitycourses 2019).

It is a great honor to be nominated to judge in European Open 2020. I’m looking forward to see lots of fantastic runs and great emotions during the competition. I wish all participants good luck – enjoy the competition!

Dave Deaville

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Dave Deaville

I have been competing in agility since 1992 and judging from 1997.

Currently competing with both border collies and kooikerhondjes up to championship level.

I have had the privilege of judging a number of notable events and finals over the years including Crufts, Crufts YKC and Discover Dogs as well as judging at championship level for a number of years.

Neil Ellis

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Neil Ellis

Hello to all spectators & competitors from around the world attending the European Open Championships in the UK in 2020, I hope you enjoy the event and have a fantastic competition. I would firstly like to thank The Kennel Club for awarding me with this prestigious appointment. I feel extremely proud and honoured to be taking on a very important role and in my home country, I am very excited!

I have been judging since 2009 and have judged at Championship Level in the UK since 2017. I started competing with my first dog, a sprocker spaniel, who reached Agility Champion status and competed at two European Opens before retiring in 2016 and this has allowed me to focus on my judging career. I pride myself on designing course that flow with great lines for the dogs but present different handling options. It is of paramount importance to me that the courses are safe for dogs and competitors, but ensure that a variety of skill sets are challenged to make for a great spectacle!

I am looking forward to working with fellow British judges Martin Cavill, Dave Jolly & Gary Murphy as well as Sacha Grunder & Jari Suomalainen. I am thrilled to be working as an up contact judge and have one of the best seats in the house for some fantastic agility.

I look forward to welcoming you all in 2020 and the very best of luck to all competitors at the event! Run fast, think faster!

Gary Murphy

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Gary Murphy

I have been competing for 20 years at the highest grades. My achievements to date are reaching several large dog championship finals and competing at Crufts.

I commenced judging in 2010. I did not think I would enjoy it but gave it a go and loved it; never looked back.

My highlights in judging have been Crufts 2016, Discover Dogs and various finals.
My course designs tend to be flowing and fast plus offer the opportunity to be handled in differing ways but still challenging to handler & dog. Watch for the lines and what the dog sees.

I feel very honoured to be involved in and part of the EO2020 UK Championships. I may be a little busy but will still enjoy the atmosphere which I am sure you and the supporters will make electric.
I acknowledge the dedication it takes to train & build the partnerships/Bonds with your dog/s.

Have fun and enjoy your dog. Keep smiling!!!!
Good luck to you all; Go for it!!

Amanda Pigg

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Amanda Pigg

I have been doing agility since 1992 when I started with my families lab x called Spud. Subsequent dogs followed as I became addicted to agility!

I started judging in 2001. I soon found that course designing was good fun, and I really enjoy seeing partnerships attacking my courses and running them just the way I had envisaged. I have judged all levels and heights here in the UK.

In competition, I have worked 3 dogs at our top G7 level and enjoyed winning both a RCC and CC and competing in most prestigious UK agility finals including Olympia and Crufts.

Just over a year ago, I left my profession as a Buyer, to start teaching agility, though I had dabbled in teaching for many years previously. Being able to help support and develop different agility partnerships is very rewarding.
Seeing agility at its highest level is truly breath taking.

Visitors

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The cost to attend is £10 per car which includes a showguide.
Opening hours TBC.

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