Tenielle Thwaites (NSW)
The Nationals Working Party is delighted to introduce (for her first time judging in PERTH but second time in WESTERN AUSTRALIA) TENIELLE THWAITES from Grafton, NEW SOUTH WALES!
Tenielle is going to be VERY busy, judging on 5 out of the 6 days of our event and we look forward to seeing her for her BIGGEST appointment here in Western Australia. Please make Tenielle welcome as part of our very appreciated Nationals Judging Panel.
Some words from Tenielle:I live in Grafton, Northern NSW with my husband, two children and three dogs. I have a cavalier cross (12 years), border collie (9 years) and kelpie (18 months). I have not long retired my two older dogs and I am looking forward to starting with my young kelpie in 2020.
I was introduced to agility in 2008 when took my first puppy to the local dog training club to teach her basic manners and obedience. While I was there I noticed agility training happening and thought it might be fun for us to play together. It didn’t take long for us to get bitten by the agility bug and we starting trialling when she turned 18 months in 2009. My passion for agility has only grown since then.
I wanted to give back to the sport that I love so I became a judge at the end of 2015. I have judged in New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania, Australian Capital Territory, Northern Territory and Western Australia. I have enjoyed all my judging appointments and it is difficult to pick a stand out. I love the challenges that different appointments bring from judging at a state title event to judging at a small country trial. I try to learn and evolve as a judge with every opportunity.
I endeavour to attend handling and judges training seminars when available. There are so many aspects to judging that appeal to me. I enjoy designing courses that are challenging, fast and flowing. It is really exciting to watch dog and handler teams attack my courses and seeing the different handling options that they choose.
I am excited and humbled to be asked to judge at the 2020 nationals in Perth. Good luck to all competitors and I hope that everyone has a great time as I’m sure that I will.