MARTIN - EO2022 JUDGE
Let me first to introduce myself. I´m 57 years old and was born in Wolfheze near Arnhem, in de Netherlands. I studied in Nijmegen a master study chemistry Environmental Sciences. On this moment I´m working as a projectmanager. My wife Petra and I living at the border of the Netherlands and Germany. Our family consists of our three beautiful dogs my wife and I. Seeyou is my Border Collie with whom I running agility. She is 4 years old. The second Border Collie, Posh, is also running agility and is my wife’s dog. She is 7 years old. Our youngest Border Collie is Skye and she is 1 year old and will be running agility to. The fascination of how dogs enjoyed running at speed through a agility course let my do my first steps in agility after 3 years of obedience. My first agility class I have with my Belgium shepherd in 1993 at the KC Arnhem. I started seriously training and competing in Agility in 1995. As an active agility competitor, I was able to compete 5 times at the FCI European open and enjoy to compete at every one of this Big contest. At this moment I´m starting with my Border Collie Seeyou in the second grade in Germany and having fun to see her growing. Since 1998, I have been actively teaching agility for beginners up to master levels in the Netherlands and Germany. Most important for me is to transfer the pleasure of running with your dog agility course. In 2006, I had the privilege of qualifying as a Dutch agility judge and received the international status in 2011. First as Judge and later as international judge was able to judging many competitions. Normally I´m judging between 20 and 30 days a year, with more than half of these agility tournaments taking place abroad. As top highlights, for my, the Junior European Open 2018 in the Netherlands. It was very special to see our next generation agility handlers having so much of fun working with their dog. As a judge, my goal is to design courses that are fast and making fun to watch. The courses should be a challenge for the competitors as well for the dogs. The courses should be fair and safe for the dogs and handlers. The courses must be designed for promotion our sport. Teams should be able to handle the course in different ways and styles.