2005 Agility World Team

World Agility Championships

September 23-25, 2005

AKC/USA Agility World Team Prepares for Spain
The AKC/USA World Agility Championship team for 2005 spent the past weekend practicing for the September 23-25 event in Valladolid, Spain.
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Nancy Gyes Named Assistant Coach for 2005 World Team

An Assistant Coach has been named for the AKC World Team that will travel to Spain for the World Agility Championship held on Sept. 23-25, 2005. This coach will assist the head coach, Dan Dege, at the team practice in August as well as the World event in Spain.

The assistant coach will be Nancy Gyes from California. Nancy has been part of the World Team 7 times in the past 10 years of competition. She has placed 6th in the Individual competition with one dog and won standard Individual round with another. Nancy brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the AKC/USA World Agility Championship team.

AKC Announces the 2005 Agility World Team Members

The American Kennel Club is proud to announce the selection of the AKC/USA Agility World Championship Team. These 12 people will represent the United States in Spain on Sept. 23-25, 2005 and are supported by the sponsors, Iams Dog Food Company and Clean Run Productions. The three teams of small (14"), medium (18"), and large (26") have been selected to compete against approximately 34 other countries at this most prestigious event.

Coach, Dan Dege and Team Captain, Sharon Anderson are looking forward to the team practice on August 13-14, 2005 to prepare for the World Championship. Six of the team members won their way onto the team in May at the World Team tryouts and the rest of the team was selected based on results of the ISC Iams International Day, AKC National Agility Championship and World Team tryouts. Balancing the team (consistency vs. speed) and an eye towards the future, are other items considered.

Mini Team:
Glenda Timmerman & Bailey, Sheltie / CA
Erin Philbert & Jag, Sheltie / MA
Dee Anna Gamel & Kelsi, Sheltie / GA
Andrea Samuels & Chase, Papillon / NY

Midi Team:
Helene Juice & Chance, Sheltie / NY
Jean Lavalley & Taz, Sheltie / TN
Laura Dolan & Remi, Sheltie / MA
Karen Holik & Sizzle, Sheltie / IL

Maxi Team:
Anne Braue & Spree, Border Collie / WI
Gerry Brown & Sterling, Border Collie / TX
Wendy Pape & Surf, Border Collie / FL
Linda Mecklenburg & Stellar, Border Collie / OH

Barring injury or unsatisfactory rabies titration results, the above teams will compete in Spain.

Please join us in congratulating these individuals and their dogs and wish them continued success, as they represent the USA, AKC and its Sponsors!