Posted Date: October 22, 2008
An interview with another of the Cynosport 2008 judges.
Carol Voelker hails from rural Little Falls, Minnesota, a town of about 8,000 and the childhood home of Charles Lindberg. She shares her home with 10-year-old Nystka (Border Collie/Blue Heeler/Sheltie mix), six-year-old Kinetic (Border Collie), one-and-one-half-year-old Zyme (Border Collie/Blue Heeler mix), and 16-year-old Myra (Border Collie mix). Carol misses her Pomeranian Chetyre, Denizen (Golden Retriever/Border Collie cross) and PJ (Border Collie wannabe), all at the Rainbow Bridge. In her non-agility life, Carol is an elementary school teacher, substituting in several local schools. Prior to returning to teaching, Carol served five years as the director of the local humane society.
|Photo by Chris Everson|
LH: How long have you been involved in agility?
CV: Since 1993, and judging since 1997.
LH: What clubs and training schools are you involved with?
CV: My business is "Tails in Motion," a dog training school that offers agility and "good manners" obedience classes. Tails in Motion holds USDAA trials as well. I am a member of Canine Agility of Central Minnesota and Minnesota Agility Club as well.
LH: Is this your first time judging at USDAA's Cynosport event?
CV: I judged Cynosport in 2005, 2006, and now again in 2008.
LH: What do you like most about judging National events?
CV: Seeing the dogs and handlers you see around the country throughout the year all at one place. I don't mind the fact that you don't have to change the course throughout the day.
LH: What is the most rewarding thing about judging?
CV: Watching dogs and handlers having fun and being successful. Sometimes success is just finishing the course, or overcoming a specific problem they have been having.
LH: What advice would you give a first time handler at Cynosport?
CV: Relax and have fun. My first Nationals helped me to get over the local show nerves I used to experience!
LH: What is your course design philosophy for a National event, and is it any different than for a local trial?
CV: It isn't different at all. I want to design a fun, fast course with some challenge in it.
LH: What is your most embarrassing agility moment?
CV: Forgetting the baton in Pairs Relay at a trial in Kansas City. No one will let me forget that, because I am a judge.
LH: Are there any brags you would like to share?
CV: Nystka has her LAA Silver. Chetyre (Pomeranian) was second place in the Veterans Grand Prix the first year it was held in Dallas.