Posted Date: October 17, 2016
Cynosport is coming up! Let's meet our judges. First up is Anton Kuprin.
We are very pleased to have Anton Kuprin serving as one of our esteemed judges at Cynosport this year.
1. Where do you live?
I live with my wife Anna and our daughter in the West Urals region of the Russia in Perm City.
2. How did you get involved in agility and how long have you been involved?
I started my agility career in 2003 with an Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier. In 2004, I met my future wife. She quite successfully performed with a Sheltie, Nocturne (aka Hippy), at the national level. She was also a member of the national team at the USDAA Grand Prix 2003. While she was sitting with our child in 2006, I started to perform with Hippy. At the IFCS WAC 2008 in Belgium, we were third in non-championship class Power & Speed and Team World Champion as a member of the Russia Federation 1 team.
3. Do you participate in any other dog sports or training with your dogs?
No. We train only agility now. In the past our older Border Collie had experience in agility, frisbee, weight pulling, therapy and rescue service.
4. What types of dogs do you have and what are their names, ages, and any titles?
We have three dogs: two Border Collies and a Parson Russell Terrier. The older Border Collie Perpetum Mobile (home name Mobi) is nine-years-old. She was imported from the USA in 2007. She is a multiple time Russian Champion in team class, Junior EO Champion 2015, and a certified Canis Therapy dog. The second Border Collie is Mobi's daughter -- Beverly (home name Solo). Beverly is five-years-old. She is the Russian Champion 2015 in individual class, IFCS WAC 2016 Champion in teams. The Parson Russell Terrier is three-years-old. She does not have any big titles yet and is proceeding to Agility-2 now.
5. What is something unique about your dog (or dogs) you like to tell people?
In 2015 Mobi and her three daughters qualified for the Russian national team and competed in IFCS World Agility Championships in Italy.
6. What do you do in your other non-agility life?
I work in the procurement department in ER-Telecom Company. It's a big Russian internet and TV provider company.
7. What events will you be judging at Cynosport?
Im appointed to judge:
- Team Jumpers
- Masters Challenge (Biathlon) Standard
8. When you are designing a course for Cynosport, do you have any goals and/or concerns?
I always try to design interesting courses that demand a handler show not only speed, but team work between handler and dog and independent dog work.
9. Have you judged at Cynosport in the past?
No, it will be my first time.
10. What are you most looking forward about Cynosport this year?
This will be my first experience at a major agility event in the U.S. I expect to see well-coordinated work between dogs and handlers.