Bob Perks
Ring Manager
Bob has been in and around agility for over 15 years, so most of you will know or at least recognise him, have spoken to him, or have laughed with him (or at him!).

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.

Neal Coombes
Ring Manager
Neal started competing in agility in 2008 with his first dog Rufus, a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever. In 2015 they competed in the Novice Agility Stakes at Olympia and won the Novice ABC Agility at Crufts in 2016.  Rufus is now retired and Neal runs his Border Collie, Drift.

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.

Pete Richards
Ring Manager
Pete started his agility career in 1994 with a German Shepherd dog that competed at the top level in many national finals. Today he competes with his fifth agility dog with whom he competes at the highest level in UK Agility finals.  With his recently retired collie, he gained Masters Champion status, became Games Champion, and was a reserve member of the IFCS team.

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 Price
Ring Manager
Jane  has owned Bearded Collies for most of her adult life but only discovered agility in 2006 when she got her third Beardie, Hannah (Willowmead Royal Hannah). She has been competing since 2008 and Hannah has taken her through Kennel Club Grade 1 to 4, achieved numerous UK Agility Championship titles in both the Performance and Steeplechase programmes and run in several finals, including a 4th place in the Performance Challenge Final in 2010 and competing in Games Challenge Final in 2015. She now competes with Ellie (Willowmead Glenlossie) at Kennel Club Grade 5 and UK Agility Championship Level. She has competed twice at the UK Agility Grand Finals, in 2014 in the Games Challenge Final and in 2015 in both the Games Challenge Final and the Performance Challenge Final. Both Hannah and Ellie have been recipients of the Twyford Majesty Trophy awarded by the Southern Counties Bearded Collie Club for the best agility results in a calendar year.

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!!

Greg Derrett
Competition Manager
Working his way up through Junior competition, Greg Derrett has been competing in agility trials since 1989, racking up enviable success nationally and internationally.  His exposure to competition at all levels as both competitor and judge,  at home and abroad, has given him a unique perspective as an international agility event organiser.  His goal is to manage competitor-focused competitions, with their safety and enjoyment, twinned with excellence in course design and judging, of paramount importance.

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 Dixon
Event Manager
Becky has been involved with agility since 2006 and currently owns three dogs with her partner, Neal.  She currently runs her working cocker spaniel, Juno.  Once bitten by the agility bug, she soon realised that she wanted to contribute more to the sport.  She started judging at a local club show and has progressed over the last nine years to judging at national and international agility trials.

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.

Mark Williams
Camping Manager
I compete at UKA Champ Performance & Champ Steeplechase and KC grade 7, with my Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever ‘Tango’ Riverwatcher Kanosak, who is 9 years old. Tango has won the Toller Independent Agility league for 5 years and has competed at the UKA Grand Finals for several years and KC Championships. I also compete with my other Toller ‘Crunchie’ Riverwatcher Buniq, who is 6yrs old and a Beginner at UKA and KC Grade 3. Next season I will be introducing ‘Pepsi’ a Sprocker.

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.

Laura Derrett
Results Office Manager
As a Director of UK Agility and UK Agility International, Laura Derrett has been involved in running dog agility events for nearly 13 years.  One of the show managers at the annual UKI US Open in the US, the UKA Grand Finals and the UKA Nationals week-long show in the UK, Laura also plays a pivotal role in the management of many other agility events throughout the year including the World Agility Open where she acts as Results Office Manager.

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.

Karen Lawson
Assistant Ring Manager
After watching and supporting her daughter Amy as she built her stellar agility career, Karen finally got the bug herself and started competing in 2013 with her crossbreed Dizzee who wanted to do more than just go for walks.  Dizzee is now finally Grade 4 at KC and recently went to Champ at UKA and competed in her first Masters. Of course, once you start, you can’t stop, so Karen now also has a rescue, Aero, who is currently in training. Since losing her Mum last year she has gained another 2 dogs which brings her total to 5.

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.

Assistant Ring Manager
Assistant Ring Manager
Assistant Ring Manager