Posted Date: October 8, 2014
Meet one of the judges of the 2014 Cynosport World Games!
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 Cynosport.tv 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. Today meet Eric Quirouet!
Photo courtesy of Scott Lovelis.
Name: Eric Quirouet (otherwise known as "Bald-E")
City/State: The Motor City, Michigan
How did you get started in agility?
My wife and I began agility in 1996 when we had observed some people doing strange things with their dogs at a pet expo. Tunnel? Climb (what is that A-frame thing)? Weave? (How ridiculous.) Well, of course my dog can do that! So it began, with a JRT (of course) named Arby. That dog took us everywhere.
Tell us about your dogs.
I am owned by five dogs. Busy, at 17 years old, is [retired from agility] and is a Jack Russell Terrier. Merlin, also [retired from agility], is a 16-year-old Plott Hound. Stinger another JRT is 10 years old, and was beginning agility when my wife got sick, and my back and knees prevented me from training. Flirt, yet another JRT (wife and I are gluttons for punishment), is about 7 years old. Lastly is Party, she is a 7-year-old Borderstaffy. All my dogs have great potential for agility, but they have a bad dad whom has not trained them. I would be remiss if I didn't mention Pinky the Pit Bull. He is a 1yr old foster dog looking for his forever home.
Have you ever judge or competed at the Cynosport World Games before?
This is my first time judging Cynosport. I have never competed at Cynosport. My wife and I have competed at the Dog Agility Masters tournament several times in Fair Hill and in New Orleans.
What have you done, if anything, to prepare yourself to judge at Cynosport?
I became a judge about 10 years ago. I hope that [experience] has prepared me for Cynosport, along with the large Regional shows I have judged in the past. In large portion, preparation for me has been mental, knowing that every team that steps to the line will be fast and exceptional.
When designing Cynosport courses, what were your biggest concerns? What were your goals?
I tried to design courses that most would find fast and fun with safety in mind. With courses like Snooker, I hoped to design so that there were many different options, without too much craziness for an event this large.
If you could give Cynosport competitors one piece of advice, what would it be?
My advice to everyone competing, would be "Relax and enjoy the ride. You already did all the work to get here, so let your training and instincts take over. May the force be with you."