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A profile of Cynosport Judge Bart De Decker

Bart De Decker is one of our excellent judges this year at Cynosport.

We're delighted to have Bart De Decker come all the way from Belgium to be a Judge this year at Cynosport!

Where do you live?

Lebbeke, a small town about 20 kilometers from Brussels, Belgium.

How did you get involved in agility and how long have you been involved?

Just wanted to do something with my dog. I wanted to work with my dog. Started on obedience and in that school, got acquainted with agility. Once I started that, it became a passion, and by now, I'm already been involved in agility for 20 years.

What types of dogs do you have and what are their names, ages, and any titles?

  • Ha├»cko, Belgian Sheperd (doesn't compete): nine-years-old
  • Ghentai: Sheltie: 10-years-old
  • Imats: Sheltie: eight-years-old
  • E-Jay: Border Collie: five-years-old
  • Lance: Sheltie: five-years-old
  • Jumbo: Papillon: seven-years-old
  • Monty: Papillon: four-years-old
  • Thor: Mini Australian Shepherd: five-months-old
  • Qiell: Sheltie: five-months-old

What do you do in your "other" non-agility life?

Accompanying and watching my daughter on her competitions "Krachtbal" (some kind of ball sports).

How long have you been a judge?

10 years.

What do you enjoy most about being a judge?

When I design courses, it's really pleasant to observe participants and to watch who saw the lines I had in mind. I also enjoy the perfect handling of some participants.

What events will you be judging at Cynosport?

Agility and jumping.

How do you approach designing courses for Cynosport?

I am in favor of fluent courses. They don't have to be too easy but I want them to be safe for the dogs.

Do you have any tips or advice for Cynosport competitors, especially ones competing at the event for the first time?

Just enjoy the courses and the event. Take advantage of the experience for future competitions.

What are you most looking forward about Cynosport this year?

It just is a real great honor to be judging at the USDAA.


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