Esa Muotka
Judge

I am Esa Muotka, agility enthusiast 30 years, since 1994. My first dog, border collie Tomppa, came to my household in 1993 and with Tomppa we were bitten by the
agility bug. In 2014, I was with Border Collie Siisti in the Finnish EO team. In my family are nowadays five border collies, between one and eleven years, and my wife Outi, who takes care of our dogs and makes possible for me to travel and judge all over.
In 2008, I received the rights of an International FCI Agility Judge and have been allowed to judge both standard and major agility competitions in Finland and elsewhere in Europe. I was nominated one of the judges for the European Open and Nordic Championships 2023.
I strive to create a relaxed and good mood for everyone in agility competitions. As a judge, I strive to design action-packed courses where the handler is forced to trust their dog and the dog must have good obstacle skills. In course design, I want to make sure that the lines are logical and safe for the dog, and that the handler’s placement and the skills of the dog can make up for the handler’s physical shortcomings.
Agility is at its best when handlers have a good vibe regardless of the results, and you can see how the dogs enjoy getting to run on the course at full speed. For all the agility enthusiasts, the volunteers and competitors, I wish good and refreshing time with our favourite hobby.