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.:| Our Esteemed Judges |:.

France Beckner

France started out with and interest in canine behaviour and has worked with some of the finest trainers in the world. France then discovered agility in 2000, with her first dog ATChC Khemosabi, a standard poodle, from then there was no going back. France became co-owner of Academy of Vancouver Island Dogs with fiancé Barry Beckner, together they have built agility training into their full time jobs. It is a great job to be training and helping both ends of the leash and inspiring teams to be the best they can be.

France has been an active member of the AAC as a masters judge since 2004 and a BC Regional Director 2006-2007. AVID co hosted the 2004 regionals and host 5 sanctioned trials per year. The joy of judging is meeting so many talented handlers and dogs. France lives in Victoria BC with her three dogs; a border collie, Whistlin Dixie, a sheltie, Spyder, and newest member a papillon, ZipR.

“I am really looking forward to judging the wonderful teams of Alberta, at this years Regionals, seeing old friends and making new ones.”

Barry Beckner

Barry Beckner has been an AAC judge since 1999. Although an Ontario-born native, he has lived on the West Coast for the last 30 years. Agility was introduced to Barry at a time when he owned a 4 year old boxer/collie cross named Pharoah. Even yet, you may see this team on TV occasionally aired on a “Top Dogs” taping of an AAC Regionals or National event. Enjoying this passion for the sport has opened up friendships from coast to coast and has even led Barry to find his fiance’, France Jackson. Barry and France co-own AVID (The Academy of Vancouver Island Dogs) in Victoria, British Columbia and are both full-time dog-trainers. They are proud to have cultured a thriving agility community and support team for local agiliteers and their dogs.

Barry has trained and titled many breeds of dogs in the last 10 years including a Pug, Poodle, Aussie, All-Canadian and currently runs a pair of Border Collies in the AAC. He strives to keep current in world wide agility standards and handling systems.

Working with all of the wonderful dogs and people in Alberta will be a blast!

Dawn Hubick

I discovered the sport of agility back in 1995 when my Samoyed, Aspen, and I registered for our 1st agility class and I have been hooked ever since. Since that time I have been blessed with 3 amazing dogs as team mates to share my passion with.

In 2007 I decided that I really wanted a different view of the awesome teams running agility so I became an AAC Judge. Having had the pleasure of participating in and judging many agility events throughout Western Canada has given me the opportunity to make many wonderful friends and precious memories.

I am honoured to have been invited to judge the AB/NWT Regional Championship! I am very excited to meet up with old friends, make new ones, and see the AB/NWT teams from center ring - the best seat in the house!

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