AKC Agility Invitational

Held in conjunction with the AKC National Championship presented by Royal Canin  

Orlando, FL -- December 16-18, 2016

Five agility dogs and their owners – one dog/handler team in each of the five height categories – were crowned as the 2016 winners of the AKC Agility Invitational, which brought together 700 dogs from across the country and beyond.
Placing first in their height division (8", 12", 16", 20" and 24" respectively) were:

  • 8” – MACH5 Brokenroad Code Name Tank MXB2 MJB2 MXF MFB TQX T2B RN (Tank), a Portuguese Podengo Pequeno owned and handled by Charlene Wiglesworth of Kalamazoo, MI.

  • 12” – MACH12 Keebler's Elfin' Magic MXS4 MJS4 (Keebler), a Pembroke Welsh Corgi owned and handled by Roger O'Sullivan of Gahana, OH.

  • 16” – Dora Doo Winslow AX AXJ OF (Dora), a Shetland Sheepdog owned and handled by Patricia Toro Sarraga of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

  • 20” – MACH5 Marjo's Demon In The Ruff MXS2 MJG2 MXP2 MJP3 MJPB MXF MFS TQX T2B2 (Simi), a Brittany owned and handled by Janice Brunner of Wellsville, PA.

  • 24” – MACH7 Gliding High Du Volant MXC2 MJC2 MXF MFB TQX T2B (Glider), a Belgian Sheepdog owned and handled by Nici Parker of Santa Rosa Valley, CA.




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News and Updates

December 20, 2016

  • On-demand videos for agility may be viewed online here. Hover your cursor over the video, then click on ALL VIDEOS at the top right.

December 9, 2016

December 5, 2016

  • The online store has been closed as the deadline has past for souvenirs, catalog, and banquet purchases.
  • The 2015 Top Dog RSVP and photo upload has been closed as the deadline has past.

November 29, 2016

  • The Agility Invitational winners from Sunday's finals round are requested to stay Sunday night so that Royal Canin may present them with a trophy of their achievement during the televised evening conformation groups. Royal Canin's presentation is tentatively scheduled for 7:30 p.m. following the completion of finals, agility's awards presentations, and photos.

November 24, 2016

  • All AKC Agility Invitational exhibitors were sent by PDF email attachment electronic admittance tickets and a dock pass for secured unloading zone.
  • Crating Section Maps were posted here.
  • Handler's Briefing has been posted here.

November 22, 2016

November 16, 2016

  • THANK YOU to Calusa Dog Agility Club in Florida for providing the 26-inch open tunnels that shall be in use during this event!!

October 24, 2016

October 12, 2016

  • A Confirmation General Information document has been posted with specifics ranging from parking, building open times, exhibitor check-in, and much more!
  • Convention Center/Surrounding Area, parking, and facility maps have been posted.

October 10, 2016

  • AKC's online souvenir and exhibitor catalog store has opened for business. The deadline for purchasing souvenirs is Monday, October 31, 2016. 
  • Banquet menus, pricing and reservations will be made available at a later date.

October 8, 2016

  • Daily Oversized Vehicle Parking - New This Year -  There is one specific lot that will accept a limited number of Daily Parking for Oversized Vehicles. You Must Pre-Pay to reserve a parking space in the Daily Oversized Vehicle Lot. Click here for the Daily Oversized Parking Form.

October 7, 2016

  • Ring Schedules and Running Orders have been posted. Updated Confirmation PDFs have been emailed to all exhibitors including their assigned armband #s and run order #s.
  • If your dog has been assigned a crating space, either by yourself or your group crating coordinator, that locaton is now listed on page 2 of your Confirmation PDF.

September 28, 2016

  • Tickets are NOW on Sale 
  • For all Daytime Events on Saturday & Sunday 
  • For Evening Competition on Saturday & Sunday in the Arena for AKC National Championship presented by Royal Canin

September 20, 2016

  • Events and Activities during AKC National Championship Week - Here is a list of events and activities taking place from December 13 - December 18, 2016 in Orlando at or near the Convention Center
  • All Agility Invitational exhibitors will select their dog’s crating space location from an online system mapping which spaces are available between October 3rd @ 8am Pacific and October 30th @ 5pm Pacific. Those who wish to have crating spaces next to each other must select one crating group representative who will select all crating spaces within their group at the same time.
    Any crating group representative that has 25 or more entered dogs to be housed within their group should contact Steve Herwig at smh@akc.org prior to October 3rd. Any entered dog whose owner has not selected a crating space by October 31st will have a crating space assigned randomly from among those available.
  • Instructions for using the Crating Space Reservation system have been posted here.

September 15, 2016

  • Exhibitor and Volunteer tee-shirt sizing charts have been posted. If an exhibitor wishes to change their designated tee-shirt size, please use the BLUE link in your confirmaiton PDF to access the online Exhibitor Additional Information and re-submit your choice. The deadline for exhibitor tee-shirt size submittals is Wednesday, September 28th.

August 31, 2016 (revised)

  • Round 2 invitations will be placed into the USPS mail on Sept 3rd. A complete list of who is receiving Round 2 invites may be found here.
  • Online entries are now open - those receiving a Round 2 invite may enter online at any time between now and 9/26/16.
  • The deadline for submitting round 2 entries is Monday, Sept 26th.  
  • No additional invites will be sent after Round 2's invitations are mailed.

August  24, 2016

  • RV parking information is now available.
  • This is for on-site overnight RV parking. Space is limited.

August  24, 2016

August 19, 2016

  • 2017's Agility Invitational and Junior Agility Competition will be held in Orlando, Florida over the December 15-17, 2017 weekend

August 10, 2016

  • Round 1 invites which are not accepted by submission of an entry into the event (deadline 8/29/16) will create openings that shall be filled by sending out Round 2 invitations to the dog(s) next in-line for each breed. IF your dog might be receiving a Round 2 invitation and you wish to "opt-out" from receiving the invitation, please contact Steve Herwig at smh@akc.org by no later than Monday, August 29th.   Please note: if you "opt-out" then no invitaiton will be sent to you as the next dog in-line will receive the invite instead!  
  • If a sixth Top Preferred invite was sent for your breed during Round 1 and that invite is not accepted by submission of an entry, then the next preferred dog in-line will receive an invite during Round 2's invitations. 
  • No additional invites will be sent after Round 2's invitations are mailed.

July 29, 2016

  • The Round 1 invitations were placed into the USPS mail on July 29th. A complete list of who is receiving Round 1 invites may be found here.

July 6, 2016

April 12, 2016

  • The Round 1 Invites - Top 5 qualifiers by breed listing has been updated to show the Top Preferred dog as a sixth listing if this additional invite shall be sent out during Round 1 invitations.
    • A sixth Top Preferred invite will only be sent if there are no preferred dogs already selected within the Top 5 of a breed.
  • If a Round 1 sixth Top Preferred invite is declined, then the next Top Preferred dog will be sent an invite during Round 2's invitations.

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