Judges

Barrie James (Wales)

I live in Cardiff with my wife Sam and our four dogs, and I work as a full-time agility trainer. I am based in South Wales, but I travel throughout the UK as well as overseas to train, compete and judge.

I have been training, competing and judging in agility for over 25 years and have been lucky enough to have had success at Crufts, Olympia, and the World Agility Open. I previously managed Team Wales at the WAO, and I have also coached numerous Team Great Britain members for EO and AWC.

As an agility enthusiast (a.k.a. Barrie Britannia), I take an active part in supporting our sport of agility and am proud to attend major world class events and celebrate success.

Over the years I have judged many qualifiers and finals in Great Britain for UK Agility and the Kennel Club. I have also judged the Open Junior Agility Championships, Channel Island Dog of the Year, UKA Grand Finals, Jersey European Agility Festival, and last year I had the pleasure of judging the UKI US Open in Georgia.

I would like to thank Greg and Monica for the invitation to judge at this great event and I look forward to seeing you in The Netherlands.



Gianfranco Ricci (Italy)

In 1998 I entered the fantastic agility world with my German Shepherd. We earned several titles including the Italian Champion title.

In 2002 I became the owner of a Belgian Shepherd. Together we were selected to participate in the FMBB World of Agility in 2006 in Hungary, in 2008 in Slovenia, in 2009 in the Czech Republic and in 2010 in Germany where we were proclaimed Team Vice Champions of the World. In 2007 we were selected to represent Italy in the European Championship in Italy.

I am a Regional Advisor for Agility CSEN and National Adviser of the Italian Agility CSEN Committee.

I have been an agility judge since 2012 and have judged numerous events in Italy in the Umbria, Tuscany, Marche, Emilia Romagna and Lazio regions. In 2014 and 2016 I judged the finals of the CSEN national championship selection and the selections for the Italian team for the WAO.



Hisato Tanabe (Japan)

I started my career as a dog trainer in 1978. As a competitor, I have represented Japan and won several medals including:

  • 1998 FCI World Championships, second place in obedience with Sara (German Shepherd)
  • 1999 FCI World Championships, first place in protection with Sara (German Shepherd)
  • 2010 IFCS World Agility Championships, first place in Gamblers with Kota (Welsh Corgi Pembroke)
  • 2011 USDAA Cynosport World Games, first place in Gamblers with Win (Welsh Corgi Pembroke)

I have been judging since 1999 and have judged throughout Japan and internationally including USA, Spain the Netherlands, Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong:

  • 2013 OPDES Japan Grand Prix Final
  • 2014 OPDES Japan Grand Prix Final
  • 2004 IFCS World Agility Championships in Spain
  • 2005 USDAA Cynosport World Games in USA
  • 2006 IFCS World Agility Championships in the Netherlands
  • 2009 Asia Grand Prix Final in Korea
  • 2014 USDAA Cynosport World Games in USA

I look forward to seeing competitors from all over the world in the Netherlands.