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Cynosport Judge: Sandra Katzen

Meet the 2015 Cynosport World Games "Judge of the Day!"

The 2015 Cynosport World Games are just a few weeks away! The event begins on Wednesday, October 21 and ends on Sunday, October 25 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Visit the Cynosport websitefor more details. Judges Wim Bekendam, Francisco Berjon, Sandra Katzen, Carol Kramer and Eric Quirouet will be presiding. We're going to take some time before the event to get know each of our judges better and will be featuring profiles over the next few weeks. Today meet Sandra Katzen!

Where are you located?

Seattle, WA

Tell us about your experience competing in agility?

I have been competing in agility since 1989.

Do you participate in any other dog sports or training with your dogs?

Yes, ISDS Herding.

What types of dogs do you have and what are their names, ages, and any titles?

Currently I have three Border Collies. My oldest is Lark, she has her ADCH and is well on her way to a PDCH, but has gone deaf so who knows, she is still having a blast but is very hard to steer :) Next is Pixi, she is close to her ADCH but not quite. Last is Ciobair - she is mostly still in Starters. Past dogs include Kodi - my first agility dog and an Australian Shepherd (the first ever to earn the ATCH) who also earned an ADCH, and Snooker Champion Bronze; Nifty, my first BC Snooker and Jumpers champion Bronze, moved to performance before getting his ADCH; Trek also a BC, ADCH, PDCH, Perf. tournament champion Silver.

Tell us something unique or that you love about your dog(s).

I love that my dogs all enjoy swimming. Some too much so perhaps - it can be difficult to get them out of the water. :)

What do you do in your other non-agility life?

I don't really have one as I also teach agility for my living, but I love to cook, and go hiking with my dogs.

What events will you be judging at Cynosport?

I have not been told that yet. But I designed Grand Prix, Steeplechase, and Team snooker courses.

Do you do anything special to prepare yourself for your judging duties at Cynosport?

Nothing I can think of yet.

What expectations to you have for judging at Cynosport? Do you anticipate any challenges?

To have a great time and see some incredible handlers and dogs.

When you are designing a course for Cynosport, do you have any goals and/or concerns?

I want the courses to have a good amount of flow, be fast, fun and yet be challenging. I love it when handlers think something is both fun and challenging, regardless of how they did on the course. Something that they want to do again.

Have you competed at Cynosport in the past?

Yes, more often than not.

Do you have any tips or advice for Cynosport competitors?

Try to remember it is just a sport, do your best but don't forget it is supposed to be fun. Enjoy every moment.

Do you have any advice for competitors thinking about doing competing, either at Cynosport or local/regional trials, but are intimidated?

As long as you and your dog are both having fun, there is no reason to be intimidated.

What's your favorite dog-themed book or movie?



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