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AKC National Agility Championship Winners Crowned in Lexington, Virginia

(Monday, April 04, 2011)

-- Funds Also Raised for AKC/USA Agility World Team and Japan Relief --

Eleven new AKC® National Agility Champions were crowned yesterday at the 2011 AKC National Agility Championship sponsored by Eukanuba and J &J Dog Supplies, held April 1-3 in Lexington, Virginia. The American Kennel Club® event brought together a record entry of more than 1,100 dogs from across the country to compete for the titles of AKC National Agility Champion and AKC Preferred National Agility Champion. One dog and handler team was crowned in each jump height category in both the regular and preferred competitions.

“After the completion of more than 8,000 total runs over the weekend, we are thrilled to congratulate the 2011 National Agility Championship winners,” said Carrie DeYoung, AKC Director of Agility. “The fifteenth anniversary of this event was truly a celebration, with our largest entry ever and All-American dogs competing at a National Championship for the first time. Our thanks also go to the host city of Lexington, Virginia which welcomed our dogs and handlers with open arms.”

The AKC National Agility Championship demonstrates the highest level of training and teamwork between dog and handler and is the culmination of thousands of trials held throughout the year. Dogs had to qualify at the highest levels of competition in order to compete. The “Olympics” of dog sports, agility events allow dogs to demonstrate their athleticism and versatility by racing against the clock and overcoming a challenging course of different obstacles.

The AKC National Agility Championship also hosted a special Time2Beat class on March 31st as a fundraiser for some very worthy causes. The rings were staffed by AKC Agility World Team members past, present and future to make this possible. Competitors donated $5 for the chance to run a course and test the running surface, raising a total of $4,050. Half of the money raised, or $2,025, will be donated to the AKC CAR Support and Relief Fund to assist Japanese residents and companion animals who have suffered from the recent earthquake and tsunami, while the other half will go to the AKC/USA Agility World Team to help with team expenses.

Winners of the regular AKC National Agility Championship now have the title “NAC” as a prefix to their AKC names. Placing first in their height division (8", 12", 16", 20", 24” and 26" respectively) were:

AKC National Agility Champions

  • 8” – NAC CH MACH4 StarStruck Sparkle Plenty OF (“Sparkle,” a Papillon) owned by Andrea Samuels of Port Washington, NY
  • 12” – NAC MACH6 Mikamar Diamonds Are Forever NAP NJP MXF (“Sparkle,” a Shetland Sheepdog) owned by Patti Gagnon of Nashua, NH
  • 16” – NAC MACH3 Luka De La Brise XF (“Luka,” a Pyrenean Shepherd) owned by Ashley Deacon of Redwood City, CA
  • 20” – NAC MACH Drifter XF (“Drifter,” a Border Collie) owned by Rosanne Demascio of Gilbertsville, PA
  • 24” – NAC Contact Point Made Ewe Blink MX MXJ XF (“Blink,” a Border Collie) owned by Tracy Golden of Hidden Hills, CA
  • 26” – NAC Sagehill's Change The World MX MXJ OF (“Revolution,” a Border Collie) owned by Tori Self of New Smyrna Beach, FL

The top dog in each preferred jump height – 4”, 8”, 12”, 16” and 20” won the title Preferred National Agility Champion of 2010. Dogs entered in the preferred competition jump at a lower height and have more time to complete the course than in the regular agility competition, allowing more dogs, such as our older canines, the opportunity to compete. Winners of the AKC Preferred National Agility Championship now have the title “PNAC” as a prefix to their AKC names.

AKC Preferred National Agility Champions

  • 4” – PNAC Wingssong Sweet Baby James CD RE AX AXJ MXP4 MJP6 PAX2 OFP (“Taylor,” a Papillon) owned by Barbara Scanlan of Normal, IL
  • 8” – PNAC MACH5 Windy Haven Explosive Sky AXP MJP XF (“Skyler,” a Shetland Sheepdog) owned by Sandi A. Osborne of Flat Rock, MI
  • 12” – PNAC MACH Valkyrie Dark Angel MXP MJP2 NF (“Angel,” a Shetland Sheepdog) owned by Margaret Howes of Springfield, MA
  • 16” – PNAC MACH2 Old West New Kid In Town MXP2 MJP2 OF (“Rusty,” an Australian Shepherd) owned by Naci Berkoz of Tarzana, CA
  • 20” – PNAC MACH2 Argo's Turn The Page UD RE JH MXP MJP2 NF (“Devon,” a Golden Retriever) owned by Kelly Armstrong of Centreville, MD

For more information on AKC events, including photos and additional results, visit www.akc.org

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