September 2014 AKC Gazette President’s Letter

September 2014 AKC Gazette President's Letter

On behalf of the AKC community, I proudly congratulate the twelve agility competitors who so ably represented the United States and the American Kennel Club at the 2014 FCI Agility World Championships, held in Luxembourg September 11-14.

Agility competitors representing 34 nations, from Austria to Venezuela, ran 447 dogs in the Small, Medium and Large Dog team and individual divisions during the four-day competition. Team AKC/USA returned home with some stellar results, including two medals.

The AKC/USA Medium Dog Team -- Geri Hernandez and her Miniature Poodle “Switch,” Kathleen Oswald and her Shetland Sheepdog “Whimzy,” John Nys and his Shetland Sheepdog “Rush,” and Maureen Waldron and her Shetland Sheepdog “Michael” -- won the gold medal in the team competition and are now World Champions! In the Large Dog Individual competition, Desiree Snelleman and her Border Collie “Pace” took home the bronze medal. Way to go!

Other result highlights from Team AKC/USA include:

2nd place: Medium Dog Team Agility
4th place: Large Dog Team Jumping
6th place: Medium Dog Team Jumping
7th place: Small Dog Team Agility
7th place: Medium Dog Individual Combined -- Geri Hernandez and “Switch”
10th place: Medium Dog Agility Individual -- Geri Hernandez and “Switch”
10th place: Large Dog Team Jumping  – Rosanne DeMascio and “Strafe”
10th place: Large Dog Jumping Individual – Desiree Snelleman and “Pace”
10th place: Large Dog Team Overall

Official results are available here, with photos and coverage on the USA Agility Team Facebook page. Learn more about the team on the AKC website.

Congratulations to all the competitors, AKC Director of Agility Carrie DeYoung and her entire staff, coach Nancy Gyes, assistant coach Katherine Leggett, team sponsors, and the family, friends and supporters that cheered Team AKC/USA on to victory!

Sincerely,

Dennis B. Sprung
President and CEO