AKC Director of Agility Sharon Anderson Retires

AKC Director of Agility Sharon Anderson Retires

New York, NY – The American Kennel Club© announced today that Director of Agility, Sharon Anderson, who has run the AKC Agility program since its inception, will retire on June 30, 2008.

Anderson joined the AKC Agility Advisory Committee in 1993, and was later hired as AKC Director of Agility when the program was initiated. Under Anderson’s leadership, AKC Agility has expanded from 23 events with 2,000 entries during the first year (1994) to over 2,000 events with more than 800,000 entries in 2007. Anderson has been responsible for developing the AKC National Agility Championship, first held in 1996 and the AKC Agility Invitational in 2006. She was head of the Agility Advisory Committee that developed the Master Agility Championship (MACH) title, implemented in 1998.

Anderson’s early success with the Agility program prompted AKC to receive its first invitation to represent the United States at the World Agility Championship in 1996. Anderson was responsible for assembling and coaching the first team and has since put in place the AKC World Team Tryouts which selects the team members to travel to the World Agility Championship each year. Under Anderson’s guidance, the AKC World Agility Team has earned multiple Gold medals.

“Sharon was instrumental in AKC’s efforts to get the Agility program up and running, and later proved to be crucial to its success,” said AKC Chief Operating Officer John Lyons. “While she is going to be missed by the AKC staff, we wish Sharon the best of luck in her future endeavors.”

Anderson plans to pursue writing and take a more active role at the Minnesota Zoo, continuing her work there. She looks forward to spending time training her new Border Collie puppy and competing in AKC events, including Agility. She also plans to frequent agility trials with her granddaughter who has a Parson Russell Terrier with which she is working to earn the MACH title.