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15th AKC National Agility Championship Draws Record-Breaking Number of Entries

(Tuesday, March 01, 2011)

-- More Than 1,000 Dogs Will Compete April 1-3, 2011 at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, VA --

The 2011 AKC National Agility Championship (NAC), sponsored by Eukanuba and J &J Dog Supplies, has drawn a total of 1,136 entries, the largest entry total in the 15-year history of the event. The 2011 entry grew 17% overall when compared to 2010 totals, including a 22% increase in the Preferred classes.

“We look forward to welcoming the nation’s top agility competitors to this beautiful site in Virginia for our biggest and best AKC National Agility Championships yet,” said AKC Director of Agility Carrie DeYoung. “In addition to our growing entries, we are also very excited to be able to welcome for the first time two All-American dogs to our Championship competition. We wish all of our entrants the best of luck.”

For the first time ever, theAmerican Kennel Club will use Twitter to publish real-time results of every run in every ring, making AKC the first dog sport organization to use the service in this manner. At the conclusion of each dog’s run, a “tweet” will be sent to one of five Twitter accounts (one for each ring) posting that dog’s time, score, and any faults incurred. In addition, at the conclusion of a jump height’s round, a complete set of PDF results will be posted both to Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/AKCNACResults) and AKC’s Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/AmericanKennelClub).

Followers will feel like they are sitting in the bleachers and exhibitors will be able to quickly check where each ring is at in the running order by following one or all of the rings on Twitter: www.twitter.com/AKCRing1, www.twitter.com/AKCRing2, www.twitter.com/AKCRing3, www.twitter.com/AKCRing4, www.twitter.com/AKCRing5. A full run order listing of exhibitor’s names, dog’s call names, armband #s and ring #s will be posted to AKC’s National Agility Championship’s web page Thursday afternoon prior to the event weekend. All final results, courses and pictures will be posted each day on the AKC National Championship website.

Also bookmark the AKC Facebook page to stay on top of the latest event updates; exhibitor interviews, photos and videos; and behind-the scenes information and results during the competition itself. RSVP to the AKC National Agility Championship Event Page and you won’t miss a thing!

2011 AKC National Agility Championship by the Numbers:

  • 2 – All-American Dogs will participate for the first time since the AKC Canine Partners program began allowing mixed-breed dogs to participate in the AKC Companion events of Agility, Obedience and Rally.
  • 5 – Rings of competition with real-time results via Twitter.
  • 13 - Juniors Handlers, under the age of 18, the highest Junior entry ever.
  • 23 –Past National Agility Champions entered.
  • 750 – MACH (Master Agility Champion) Dogs competing, including one MACH16.
  • 1,136 – Record-breaking entry total!
  • Highest Breed Totals:
    • 244 Border Collies
    • 222 Shelties
    • 66 Australian Shepherds
    • 62 Golden Retrievers
    • 45 Poodles
    • 41 Pembroke Welsh Corgis
  • Largest Numbers of Competitors By State:
    • New Jersey: 91
    • Illinois: 85
    • Pennsylvania: 82
    • Ohio: 75
    • California: 67
    • Virginia: 61
    • Texas: 59
    • Wisconsin: 52
    • New York: 51
    • North Carolina: 47
  • Dogs Titled in Other Arenas:
    • 95 Breed Champions
    • One Triple Champion
    • 5 Herding Champions
    • 4 Obedience Champions
  • Breakdown by Height Class:

    Regular Classes:

    • 8”: 114 dogs
    • 12”: 227 dogs
    • 16”: 230 dogs
    • 20”: 290 dogs
    • 24”: 111 dogs
    • 26”: 62 dogs

    Preferred Classes:

    • 4”: 10 dogs
    • 8”: 21 dogs
    • 12”: 21 dogs
    • 16”: 30 dogs
    • 20”: 19 dogs

More about the 2011 AKC National Agility Championship:

The 15th annual NAC will take place at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, VA on April 1, 2 & 3, 2011.

The AKC National Agility Championship consists of five rounds. The Excellent Jumpers with Weaves, Standard and Hybrid classes are open to all dogs. Round 4’s Challenger’s Class will be open only to the top four dogs per jump height as determined by the previous three rounds. The top 7% of all Regular dogs entered and the top 7% of all Preferred dogs entered will move on to the Championship Round (Round 5).

2011 Judges:

Sam Banks – Mattaponi, VA
Janet Budzynski – Newtown, PA
Bob Long – Spring Valley, CA
Ann McQuillen – Somerset, CA
Tom Slattery – Afton, MN
Scott Stock – Lehighton, PA

Full details about the 2011 AKC National Agility Championship