Posted Date: October 15, 2013
Part 4 in a series of interviews with judges from the upcoming 2013 Cynosport World Games.
The 2013 Cynosport World Games will be running Wednesday, October 23, through Sunday, October 27 at the Tennesee Miller Coliseum in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The event will be judged by four judges from the United States (Scott Chamberlain, Scott Lovelis, Adrienne Lynch, and Evelyn Robertson) and two international judges (Francisco Berjon from Mexico and Bob Griffin from England). These judges will each design courses for the event but they will judge a variety of courses that are not necessarily their own.
Over the next coming weeks, we will be interviewing the judges for the big event and posting some of their courses too for you to check out. The judges have shared courses with us as well so that you can see their design style. The spotlight today is on Francisco (Paco) Berjon.
Photo courtesy of Barbara de la Parra (Agilitydogsmexico.smugmug.com).
Brenna Fender: What breeds of dogs do you currently have and do they compete in agility?
Paco Berjon: Border Collies and they do run in agility. One is 10 years old and the other is 5 years old.
How did you get involved in the sport of agility?
A friend of mine invited us to an agility seminar 13 years ago, and [I] started with a Labrador. Since then, I got involved in this wonderful sport.
Have you judged for the Cynosport Games in the past? If not, how did you feel when you were asked to judge this year? Was it hard to decide to do it?
It's the first time that I've been invited to judge Cynosport Games. When they asked me, I felt so happy and honored for that opportunity. It was easy to say yes to that offer, because I think it's every judge's goal to be in a big event like this.
Have you ever participated in the Cynosport World Games as a competitor?
Yes I have participated three times: at [Scottsdale] (2008), Kentucky (2011), and Denver (2012).
Do you find that your experience at the event gives you any special insight into judging the event?
Yes, when you assist at this event, you find the way it is coordinated, and you see the judges work and that gives to you the big picture of the event.
What courses did you design for this year's Games?
Team Standard and Steeplechase.
Do you find that designing courses for Cynosport is different than designing courses for a trial for a local or regional event?
There is not a big difference on designing courses for this event or a local or regional event, the only thing is that you have many, many runs and the courses have to be fast to judge because of the event logistics. I always put my best effort on my designing for every trial I'm invited [to judge].
Are you doing anything in particular to prepare for judging this year's event?
Yes, I'm getting fit for this big trial, and also I'm judging some big events that will get me into shape.
How would you describe your style of course design?
I like to design fast and fluid courses with some challenges in them, that require changes of sides, wraps, and off-courses.
What advice can you share with competitors who hope to come through with a clean run on one of your courses, at Cynosport or elsewhere?
I think there is not a particular advice for competitors, because there are different challenges on my courses. The only thing that I can tell them is to have fun and do what they do in training, and that way they will be clean and fast.
Here are some of Judge Berjon's courses: