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Cynosport Judge: Francisco Berjon

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 Francisco Berjon!

Where are you located?

Im located in Mexico City.
Tell us about your experience competing in agility?

I have been doing agility since 2001 and competing in USDAA since 2007.
Do you participate in any other dog sports or training with your dogs?

Now I'm only doing agility with my dogs, but I used to do obedience too in the past.
What types of dogs do you have and what are their names, ages, and any titles?

We have at home five Border Collies and one Australian Shepherd. My dogs are:
  • Stoni (BC) - 12 years - RM, JM, SM, ASA & AG
  • Jagger (BC) - three years - Just starting in agility trials

My wife's (Barbara) dogs are:
  • Astra (BC) - eight years - AAD
  • Myst (BC) - five years - RM, JM, SM, GM & ASA
  • Tesla (BC) - five months
My son's (Jose) dog is: 
  • Blue (Aussie) - seven years - AD
Tell us something unique or that you love about your dog(s).

My dog Jagger seems to understand my mood, and is always looking for ways to get my attention and make me happy to play with him.

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

I'm in the construction business. I'm the Operations Director in a construction program management company.
What events will you be judging at Cynosport?
  • Team Jumpers
  • Team Snooker
  • Grand Prix
  • And also other classes
Do you do anything special to prepare yourself for your judging duties at Cynosport?

Cynosport demands a lot of physical work because you have to be standing up all day long and running some obstacles so I'm preparing myself for that doing some workouts.
What expectations do you have for judging at Cynosport? Do you anticipate any challenges?

Enjoy each run that I judge, and see how they solve the challenges of each course.

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

Always design my courses no matter what kind of event in question, making sure that they are fast and where competitors can come out fast early and to streamline the day.

The most important thing is that courses must be challenging and fluent, but should especially be fun to run. 
Have you competed at Cynosport in the past?

Yes, in 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013 (judging) and 2014.
Do you have any tips or advice for Cynosport competitors?

When you are at the start line enjoy your run and do what you trained and run with confidence.
Do you have any advice for competitors thinking about doing competing, either at Cynosport or local/regional trials, but are intimidated?

You are at the trial running for you and your dog, having fun and doing what you trained, so don't be intimidated, and at the end always praise your dog.
What's your favorite dog-themed book or movie?

  • White Fang (Jack London)
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles (Arthur Conan Doyle)
  • Marley & Me (Owen Wilson)
  • Snow Dogs (Cuba Gooding Jr.)
  • The Shaggy Dos (Tim Allen)


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