My name is Jari Suomalainen. I´m 50-year-old agility judge from Finland.

I became international FCI- judge in 2013. Recently, I have judged national championships and AWC/EO-tryouts in several countries. This year I´m going to judge in European Open 2022.

Some of you may remember me when I competed with Frodo. In our long career we won both individual and team in AWC, EO, Nordic championships (individual two times in a row) and Finnish championships (individual four times in a row). Nowadays I don´t compete at this high level, because my hip and leg were operated eight years ago, and after that I can´t run agility as fast as I want to run. But that leaves me more time for judging.

When I was a competitor, I loved full speed and accuracy. When I plan my courses I aim to these elements. Also, I want that my courses are safe even for the fastest dog. I want offer fair and fluent line for the dog, and if the handler makes a good course-plan she/he can get also a good and smooth line. My courses usually seem to be quite easy on the paper, but because of the speed of the dog, they usually are not so easy.

It is a great honor to judge in Great Britain. I´m looking forward to see lots of fantastic runs during the competition.