UKI West Coast Open 2023

The 2023 UKI West Coast Open will take place from the 28th September to 1st October at Paso Robles Horse Park, California.

The event is Open to all dogs and all handlers and there is no qualification necessary to enter.

All about the UKI West COasT Open Venue

Paso Robles Horse Park is in the northern part of Paso Robles. The natural beauty and property’s oak tree filled landscape, with vast views overlooking the hills of Paso Robles, made it an ideal setting for a competitive horse park.  The Paso Robles Horse Park is located on 67 beautiful acres and features a large turf field and six sand arenas. The venue has a large sloped hill overlooking the specialized engineered turf field. The Park features 224 onsite stalls, and the ability to accommodate up to 500 temporary stalls, bathrooms, RV sites with hookups, a 5,000 square foot hay barn, three office buildings and parking for thousands of vehicles.

Our 2023 UKI WEST COAST OPEN Judges

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Mike Wagner
Head Judge

My dog sports include Agility, Herding, and Obedience and I have been doing Agility since 1994. My first agility dog was a Siberian Husky, and my other dog, which I was doing herding with was a Border Collie. I thought to myself, why not try the herding dog in agility? Now almost 30 years later, Janet and I have had 15 Border Collies.

I have been judging for almost 20 years, including National and Regional events. My favorite thing about judging is traveling around the country and visiting with old and new friends. My second favorite thing about judging, is watching the different methods and techniques handlers use to attack the courses and figure out its challenges.

I continue to participate in seminars with the world’s top handlers to continue my education as a handler. Not only does my handling benefit, so do my course designs as I learn more and more about dogs’ paths and the challenges that I can offer on or near those paths.

It’s been a while since I’ve been out west judging, so I’m looking forward to seeing many old friends and judging at the West Coast Open!

To see a sample of Mike’s courses, click here.

 

 

 

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Peggy Hammond
Head Judge

Peggy is an Accountant/Office Manager in Austin, Texas where she has mostly lived since 1993. She is originally from Madison, Wisconsin where she grew up and later graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

While she loves Dog Agility and competing with her Shetland Sheepdogs, Eleven, Muppet and Roar, she has other interests including travel and photography.

Peggy started training and showing dogs in agility in 1995 and became a judge a few years thereafter. She has held various trial committee, board and teaching positions with multiple groups in the Austin area through the years. She started Renegade Agility in 2016 to host trials.
She has judged at international events including the World Agility Open in 2014, USDAA Cynosport World Games in 2009 and 2011, and the UKI US Open in 2019 and 2021.

To see a sample of Peggy’s courses, click here

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Francisco Berjon
Head Judge

I have been involved in dog agility since 2001, starting with a Lab that was the family pet, competing in national events in Mexico and then competing internationally with Border Collies at various events in the US.

I decided to become a judge for UKI in 2018, having experience previously judging for another organization since 2007. Judging is an activity that I really enjoy, and every time that I see a dog running happy and giving their heart on it, I feel very blessed to be in the best place to do it.

Sometimes I just feel to say words like “Nice”, Good job”, “Wow”…. when I see something that I really like (weave pole entrance, great contact or a great handling)

I always try to design courses that challenge the competitor, and even if they are not succesful on their run, they come out of the ring with a smile and with that “taste” of “I can make this course if I try it again”.

To see a sample of Paco’s courses, click here

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Shane Miller
Head Judge

By day, Shane is a mild-mannered Unified Communications Engineer, but by night he is an agility competitor, instructor, and judge. He has been competing in agility since 2009 when he started with his Rottweiler, Kalil, before moving to Belgian Malinois in 2011 which he and his wife now have 5 of.

Despite only competing in agility for a short amount of time, Shane has jammed a lifetime’s worth of experience as a competitor with his Malinois, Luna. They have a wealth of intentional experience for many different Team USAs over the past 5 years. In 2018, Shane wanted to experience the other side of agility competitions so he became a judge for UKI. He wanted to try and bring course designs that he had a ton of fun running in Europe to the USA where he felt there was limited opportunity to do so.

Since becoming a judge Shane has become a popular UKI judge having judged across the country, the US Open twice, and now the West Coast Open. He is also a course reviewer for UKI where he brings his knowledge and experience to help other judges provide safe, fun courses for all competitors.

To view samples of Shanes courses,  click here.