Neil Ellis » The Agility Open

Neil Ellis

Neil Ellis

Neil Ellis


I would firstly like to thank the CSJ Agility Open for awarding me with such a fantastic honour of judging at the 2019 Championships. To be involved with the most prestigious of events on the Agility calendar is a privilege, and to do so alongside the world’s best is an honour. I wish the very best of luck to all of the competitors across the event.

I have been competing in agility for 14 years, taking my first ever agility dog from Grade 1 to Grade 7 and onto Agility Champion status, representing Great Britain in 2011 and 2012 at the European Championships. I have also been asked to run other people’s dogs and have competed with them at Crufts and Olympia with great success.

My judging career began back in 2009 at the age of 16, and in July of 2017, I qualified as a Kennel Club Approved Championship Judge, the youngest in the UK at 23. I have been privileged enough to judge qualifiers for all major finals in the UK, and most internationally, including the Team England WAO tryouts in 2016, as well as the inaugural Novice Championships at the British Agility Championships. In addition, I have high profile judging appointments lined up over the coming 12 months, including the Chilean National Championsips, Senior British Agility Championships, as well as Crufts in 2020.

I am extremely lucky to be involved with the KC Team GB set up, having been an assistant judge to world class judges over the past couple of years as well as being requested for my own judging services. Experience is priceless, and to work with some high profile judges only betters my own practice.  I feel I have a unique outlook on the growth and development of our sport as a Coach for The KC Team GB Junior Squad. Having exposure to course design worldwide has only bettered my course design, and helped to promote safety, but speed and complexity, all together.

When not teaching, competing or judging, I am a full-time Acute Dependency nurse until October of 2018, before making a move to Oxfordshire and a new job role.

It will be an exciting weekend to judge dog and handler partnerships over some challenging, yet enjoyable courses. Once again I wish you all the very best of luck and great success at the 2019 CSJ Open Championships, see you there!


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