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New Companion Events Extravaganza Recognizing Top Dogs in Agility, Obedience and AKC Rally® Debuts in 2013

(Friday, May 04, 2012)

Beginning in 2013, the American Kennel Club® (AKC®) will celebrate the top dogs in AKC Companion Events with the “Companion Events Extravaganza,” a multi-day event that will feature Championship events for Obedience and Agility and a new national competition for AKC Rally®.

On March 15-17, 2013 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the National Obedience Championship (formerly known as the National Obedience Invitational) will move from its usual calendar date in December to run in conjunction with the National Agility Championship.  A new AKC Rally® National Competition will be held on the Friday of that weekend. After 2013, the combined “Extravaganza” will rotate to different locations around the country.

“Thanks to the vision of retired Companion Events AVP Curt Curtis and his staff, this new ‘Companion Events Extravaganza’ will allow us to showcase the best competitors in the country, rotate venues and teach responsible dog ownership to the public through demonstrations, seminars and other companion dog related activities,” said Doug Ljungren, Vice President of Companion and Performance Events.

The 2012 National Obedience Invitational and National Juniors Obedience Competition will be held as usual in conjunction with the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship this December in Orlando, Florida.

Beginning in December 2013, a new obedience competition - the AKC Obedience Classic - will be held in conjunction with the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship and AKC Agility Invitational in Orlando. The new competition will crown the top dogs for the year in the Novice, Open and Utility classes.  The National Juniors Obedience Competition will continue to be held with these events in December.

For information about qualifying for these events and additional competition details, stay tuned to http://www.akc.org/events/obedience/

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