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Meet the Judges: Peggy Hammond

2011 Cynosport World Games judge Peggy Hammond talks with Deborah Davidson Harpur.

Name: Peggy Hammond
Hometown: I grew up in Madison, Wisconsin but have lived in Austin, Texas since 1993.
Years active in agility: Since 1994
Occupation: Office manager

What breeds of dogs do you currently have and do they compete in agility?

Muppet, Sheltie, two years old, just started competing this year.

Luna, seven years old, mix, and Rio, 12, Beardie, do not compete in agility.

Have you ever participated in the Cynosport games as a competitor?

The last time I competed at USDAA nationals/Cynosport was in Cleveland a long time ago, and the event has changed tremendously since then.

Have you judged for the Cynosport Games in the past?

Yes, two years ago in Scottsdale.

What classes are you judging at this year's Games?

I am scheduled to judge: Team Gamblers, Steeplechase Quarterfinals and Semifinals, IHC Jumpers, Junior Handlers, and Grand Prix Finals (as well as some of the Play it Again classes).

Did you do anything in particular to prepare for judging this year's Games?

I judged a lot of events this year, if that counts....

Do you find that designing courses for Cynosport is different than designing courses for a trial for a local or regional event?

Yes, besides designing for the dimensions and venue, I'm thinking about the camera that may be broadcasting the runs.

How would you describe your style of course design?

I like for there to be handling options on my courses. It is great to see different handlers come up with different but workable plans and executions.

If you could invent a new game to be played at Cynosport, what would it be and how would it be played?

Maybe a human/canine pentathlon/multi-sport type of event. I would have to think about how it would be played.

What advice can you share with competitors who hope to come through with a clean run on one of your courses?

Have fun and enjoy the experience. You can learn from every run you do, each run can make you a better handler.

Deborah Davidson Harpur has been competing in agility since 1998. She currently handles 16 dogs of various breeds including Rat Terriers, All Americans, French Bull Dogs, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, a Shetland Sheepdog, a Border Collie and more. She enjoys competing in USDAA agility and is the proud mom of USDAA roving reporter Rickie Roo. Her dogs are all proud canine ambassadors for the Active Care line of dog food by Breeder's Choice and for,, and You can learn more about Deborah and her dogs at

Photo courtesy of Michael Falgoust.


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