Judges

Judges introduce themselves

Six judges will judge the competition. This page will be updated once their participation is confirmed.

Anders Virtanen

Hi!

My name is Anders and I live in Jakobstad, a small town on the west coast of Finland. I work as a dentist and my family consists of my wife Marica, two grown up children Jan and Tom and three dogs; two border collies and a kooikerhondje.

I was first introduced to agility in 1989. My first agility dog was a golden retriever and over the years I have trained and competed in the highest class with three different dogs. A couple of years ago, when I didn’t have a competing dog of my own, I decided to dedicate more time to other sectors of agility, such as judging. At the moment I train and compete with my kooikerhondje Zåia in class 1.

I have been an international agility judge since 1995 and the most important judging appointment so far was at the European Open in Rieden, Germany in 2015. In 2008 and 2019 I was assistant judge at FCI Agility World Championships. I have, during the years been judging in 19 different countries.

In addition to judging, I also work in different roles in my own club, the Finnish Kennel Club and the Finnish Agility Association.

I am very honoured to have been chosen as one of the judges at the very first FCI World Championships for Juniors that in addition will be held in my own home country.

I wish all competitors luck and success in the competition! And always remember to enjoy the moment and to have fun with your dogs!

Looking forward meeting you all in Vantaa!

Anders Virtanen

Petr Pupík

Hello my agility friends!

Thank you very much for the opportunity to judge the Junior Open Agility World Championship 2020 in Finland, I am really happy about that.

First of all I would like to introduce myself. My name is Petr Pupík, I am 34 years old and I live in a small village, Kunice (you probably know it :), close to Brno with my family and two Tollers.

I started doing agility 11 years ago with my Beagle Tim. Now I have 9 year old Jenny and one and two years old puppy Tulla.

I became a judge 6 years ago. In 2017 I judged the Agility World Championship in the Czech Republic. Thanks to this I have had the opportunity to judge in 22 countries around the world. From all the competitions I have judged I would like to mention the Moravia Open

(2017), Norwegian Open (2016, 2018), Avallon cup (2017), Dania cup (2017), Sextouples Euskadi (2018), Hulahopp Sweden (2018), Hungarian Open (2018), Swiss national championship (2019) and tryouts for European Open and Agility World Championship in many countries.

As a judge I like designing and building fast fluent courses with technical parts, on which you can see a real connection between handlers and their dogs.

Besides agility I like math and geometry. I organize several math competitions for children. I also enjoy folding origami.

Thank you very much and I am really looking forward to JOAWC 2020! I hope, we will enjoy this nice competition together.

See you soon!

Petr

Allan Mattsson

Hi,

I am 65 years old M.Sc.(mathematical sciences). Before retiring I was a principal of an upper secondary school. I have two adult daughters.

I started agility in 1997 with Kromfohrländer Roki, fell in love with the sport and soon completed instructor’s and official’s courses. I was accredited to be international agility judge in 2008.

Finally I think agility is almost the best thing invented by the Brits.

Br, Allan

Mia Laamanen

I am an entrepreneur from Lohja, Finland and nowadays my passion is in sports coaching and herding. My family consists of seven Border Collies.

I started agility in 1991 with my first dog which was a Finnish Lapphund. I started to compete more with my other Finnish Lapphund from 1995 onward and I competed with her up to class 3. At the end of 1997 I got my first Border Collie and then I started competing more actively and more Border Collies started to come into my life. I have trained also obedience, water rescue, flyball and sheep dog herding with my dogs. Currently I mainly focus on training and competing in sheep dog herding with my dogs.

I have also been active in different agility clubs as well as in the Finnish Agility Association. Currently I concentrate more at work with my own dogs and to the sports coaching as a profession. I have been agility coach since 1992 and teaching handlers and dogs of various levels since 1992. I have graduated as a specialized professional sports coach in agility in 2019. I am also obedience instructor and I have been organising agility competitions since 1994. Dog sports has been a big part of my life since 1991. Training and competing in herding with my own dogs and coaching agility has stolen my heart completely.

I have been agility judge since 1997 and FCI International judge since 2000. I have judged in 23 different countries during my judging years. There is so many memorable fantastic international events, national championships and other local competitions in different countries, one of these fantastic events is the FCI World Championships 2006 in Basel, Switzerland. I am so excited about this summer and judging maybe the most memorable event, the JOAWC-2020 – I am really looking forward seeing you all running here in Finland!

I'm honoured to be one of the judges at the first Junior Open Agility World Championships 2020 in Vantaa, Finland. As a judge I aim to design my courses so that the competitors have to find the balance of speed and technical skills on the course.