I am 49 years old and a pre-retired Paratroop Lieutenant Colonel.
I started competing in Agility in 1996 with my Portuguese National Breed, Fila de S. Miguel, Kendo. In 1997, I also started competing with my dog Anushka, who was also the same breed but as fast as a Border Collie that rapidly reached the top quality of an agility dog. However, due to my work and several international military assignments, my agility handling career was interrupted more than I wished, with negative effect.
I have been a Portuguese International Judge since 2002. My judging experience includes many Portuguese Championships and many events in Spain, Netherlands, Belgium, as well as the WAO 2016 in England.
During 2017 I will judge the International Border Collie Agility Championships in Czech Republic, the Great Britain Agility Team Squad Performance weekend and the British Agility Championships 2017 as well as other events in Sweden and Belgium.
As an Agility Judge, dog and handler safety is my prime consideration. I aim to be respectful of all the work a handler puts in to train their dog, as well as the effort the dog makes to please his handler. They are team-mates at the highest level of competition and I try to ensure a safe test for all within the rules of agility competitions.
I wish the CSJ Agility Open a long and successful future and hope that it soon becomes one of the best and most popular Agility events in the world.