His judging started at a Peterborough show about 10 years ago, and he has never looked back. He judges at UKA and Kennel Club at most levels and is probably the only person to judge at 2 consecutive UKA Grand Finals. His highlights have included judging twice in Italy. This year he will be busy judging at more than 10 UKA and 10 Kennel Club events, including the Kennel Club International Agility Festival. He is also a specialist in the art of designing and judging UKA Games classes!
For the last 4 years, he has ring managed at the World Agility Open but has lost count of the number of other ring managing appointments at both the Kennel Club and UKA, including the Grand Finals.
A Ring Manager since 2009, Neal now works at a large number of shows throughout the year and has been part of the ring management team at the Team England try-outs for the World Agility Open Championships and at the UKA Grand Finals since 2015. Since 2016, Neal has worked as one of the three ring managers at the World Agility Open Championships. In 2018 he was invited to ring manage at the UKI US Open for the first time.
As well as having been involved in show management for the last couple of years, Neal is now also involved in the organisation of two UKA shows each year. He is very proud to have been asked to return as a ring manager at The CSJ Agility Open.
Since 2008, Pete and his wife Iris have been running their own agility show in Cornwall, attracting competitors from all over the country. As an agility judge, Pete has had many appointments both at both Kennel Club and UK Agility shows, including Qualifier heats. Working as an integral part of the ring party at the World Agility Open Championships in 2011 and 2016, Pete assists alongside the management team at the UK Agility Grand Finals.
When not involved in agility, Pete works within the Spa industry, installing and servicing hot tubs throughout the South West. He is also a stockist for the brilliant CSJ dog food in Cornwall, Pete’s home county. He lives with his wife and son and 4 collies on a working dairy farm.
Jane’s further involvement in the agility world is as Membership Secretary and as a Trainer, working mainly with Starters and Pre-beginners, at UpAndOver Dog Agility Club in Andover. Although she is a qualified UKA judge and has completed the Global Judging Programme course, she prefer the rigours of ring managing. She regularly ring manages at both UK Agility and Kennel Club Shows and has helped out at many prestigious events including the IFCS World Championships in 2010, The World Agility Open Championships in 2011 & 2016 and the UK Agility Grand Finals. Outside the agility world, she teaches English as a Foreign Language at the Babylon School of English in Salisbury, which as a mainly summer enterprise, conflicts immensely with doing agility!!
As founder of both UK Agility (UKA) and UK Agility International (UKI), and a key player in the hosting of international agility events such as the World Agility Championships, the US Open, and the UKA Grand Finals, Greg works closely with current and aspiring judges to eliminate all grey areas in rule books and to ensure consistent and fair marking of course faults.
The commitment and experience of the Management Team behind the CSJ Agility Open is essential to its success, and has been proven time and again in organising events around the globe. Greg looks forward to working with them once again to create a premier agility competition that surpasses all others on offer in the UK today. He also looks forward to welcoming all competitors whose enjoyment of this event is his first priority.
Becky worked as a UKA representative at shows for a number of years and has become a lot more involved in show management over the last couple of years, ranging from local UKA shows, to the World Agility Open Championships.
After judging at the inaugural CSJ Agility Open, Becky is delighted to now be carrying out the role of Event Manager where she gets to see the event from a totally different perspective. She is proud to be working as part of a great team who are committed to making the event grow and develop further.
I have been a Ring Manager for several years and ran a UKA Summer Weekend show and 3x UKA Winter one day shows.
I have been a UKA Camping Manager for a number of shows since 2017. In 2019 I will be doing 11x UKA shows, which includes for the first time the CSJ Open 2019.
It is a privilege to be part of the team and I look forward to welcoming each and every one of you that are camping. Good luck and have fun with your dogs.
A highly experienced competitor and trainer, Laura has been involved in teaching dog sports all over the world since 1994. She is the co-instructor for the online agility training academy, Ultimate Agility, which covers all aspects of training from teaching reward structure, foundation training and beginner jump training all the way to advanced agility handling.
Laura currently competes at the top levels in agility at UKA and the Kennel Club and has participated in prestigious events such as Crufts, Olympia and the UKA Grand Finals. In 2016, she won the Masters Series Final at the Grand Finals with her Border Collie, Spider. In 2017 they also competed in the Championships at Crufts. Laura firmly believes that competing at these prestigious events contributes to her understanding of how to run a large scale agility competition like The CSJ Agility Open.
Laura and her husband Greg Derrett live in Worcestershire with their six Border Collies Detox, Spider, Rehab, Addict, Pelican and Vice and not forgetting Bee, Laura’s rescue terrier x Chihuahua.
Much of her time at shows is spent helping out – at UKA Lydiard for the past 6 years and at the WAO, too. She loves keeping busy and supporting other people’s enjoyment of a hobby she loves. She is really looking forward to seeing you all at The CSJ Agility Open.