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Cynosport Judge: John Zhao

Meet one of the 2014 Cynosport World Games judges! 

The 2014 Cynosport World Games are almost here! The event kicks off on Wednesday, October 15, and concludes Sunday, October 19 in Morgan Hill, California. (Visit for live stream and on-demand details.) Judges John Zhao, Eric Quirouet, Janet Gaunt, Hisato Tanabe, Adrienne Lynch, Tim Laubach, and Dave Hanson will be presiding over the Games. Before the event, we are going to take a little time to get to know each of the judges, so watch for question and answer sessions with them in the coming days. We are starting with John Zhao!

Name: John Zhao
City/State: Hangzhou, China
Previous Cynosport Judging Experience: 2012
Dogs: Xiaobao a four-month-old Shetland Sheepdog. (Jacky, a Vizsla, passed away last September)

What have you done, if anything, to prepare yourself to judge at Cynosport? 

Watch English-speaking movies to get used to the language so that I can better communicate with people there, not just for the competition, but for fun.

What kinds of challenges do you expect you might experience while judging at the event? 

I am not used to that busy schedule as Cynosport has and as you know, judging requires high concentration and focus all the time, so to me, it will be a challenge mentally and physically. And I believe I can handle it well, learning from my 2012 experiences.

When designing Cynosport courses, what were your biggest concerns and goals?

Often times we have competition rings here in China not as big as those in Cynosport and therefore multiple use of several hurdles are common in my design. I needed to change my habit a bit to make my designs as good as they should while maximizing the usage of the entire space. If the competitors feel that they enjoy running the courses since they are fun and challenge, I will say I reached the goals I set for myself.

If you could give Cynosport competitors one piece of advice, what would it be? 

Hello people, we will all do very well. Have fun and enjoy, and you will win!

Photo courtesy of John Zhao


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