I am beyond honored and excited to be invited to judge the 2017 AAC Nationals, especially at the wonderful Thunderbird Equestrian facility under the guidance of jl and her amazing crew. Having judged BC/Yukon Regionals at this facility several times in the past I am confident it will be an absolutely spectacular event!
This is my first time judging the AAC National Championship. I have competed at most of them, been on the committee for some of them and missed only a couple since the beginning. I have accomplished the ATChC title on five dogs, all of them schnauzers, three of them Giants and two of them minis, one of whom also got his lifetime achievement award. I served as membership secretary for AAC for almost 10 years, managed the National team on a trip to Holland in 2006, and served on the National team committee for the last bunch of years, during which time I have traveled to international agility competitions in Italy, England and hopefully Spain this spring. My very first AAC judging assignment was the weekend of the Northeast Blackout of 2003, and I have honestly enjoyed every assignment since then! This year I am also excited to be starting to compete with a new puppy; a mini called Timbits, and while each dog I have run, I ran knowing that they were the best dog in the world, watch out world for Tim!
To all competitors at this years Nationals I wish you beautiful clean runs, connected, smooth and very fast. Most of all I wish you the thrill of running each course with your four legged partner, no matter the outcome. I hope you finish the weekend on your own personal podium of ” we did our best, and had a wonderful time”.