Judge Paul Lysholdt
I live in Solrød Strand 30 kilometers south of Copenhagen with my wife and our two border terriers Max (10 years) and Otto (2 years). Border terriers have been part of our life since 1995. I have trained and competed in dog sports more than 30 years, the latest 17 years in Obedience, Nose Work, Heelwork to music, Freestyle and of course Rally obedience.
Rally experience: I started training rally obedience in 2006 with my English springer spaniel Megan, just for fun besides the “serious” competitions in Obedience, but that changed 😊 With Megan, Norwich Terrier Lille Bjørn, Max and Otto I have participated in close to 600 official competitions. Megan was the second English springer spaniel becoming a Rally champion in Denmark, Lille Bjørn the first Norwich terrier and Max the second Border terrier. Max was the first Border terrier becoming a Rally super champion in Denmark. At the Danish championship 28th August 2021 Max became no. 11 in champion class, Otto no. 12 in beginner’s class.
Judging experience: I have been judging rally obedience since 2013. I judged at the first Nordic championships in Denmark 2019. I really have enjoyed following Rally from a sport, that was not taken very seriously to a sport accepted as an independent discipline on its own terms. A sport where you can see an enormous variety of breeds. A sport for the width and the top. A sport where you easily get started and where it gradually becomes more challenging and demanding, so the ambitious and nerdy have something to work with and train towards, with the Nordic championships and in a few years hopefully international championships as the biggest goals.
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