AKC Agility's In the Zone - April 2013

 
AKC Agility's In the Zone
Volume 3, Issue 1, April 2013
Hello, Agility Exhibitors!
The past few months have been a bit of a whirlwind; but amazing none the less. Both of the AKC Agility program's major events of the year, the Invitational and the Nationals, occurred within a three-month timeframe. Each record setting event has again raised the bar for the AKC Agility Department. Each of these events was the best of its type that we have ever had. Yes, the bar has been raised.

Let us again thank all of our volunteers who worked so tirelessly at both the Invitational and the Nationals. We appreciate every volunteer and we couldn't put on these events without them!

Wishing each of you lots of fun runs and always remember, have fun with your dogs!
We have winners and we have... more winners!
The seventh annual Agility Invitational and the second annual Juniors Agility Competition were held in conjunction with the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship and the National Obedience Invitational on December 15-16, 2012 in Orlando, FL.

How do you get invited to the Invitational you ask? Invitations are sent to the top five ranked agility dogs in each of the 175 AKC recognized breeds. In addition, FCI membership countries are also invited to send teams of three dogs per team to this event. The event qualifying period runs from July 1 to June 30 of the following year.

Congratulations to everyone who was invited to the Invitational, and special congratulations to the five Invitational winners!
Invitational winners
AKC Invitational Winners
Back Row:
Judge Linda Robertson
8" — NAC MACH7 Rosen Hill's Blink Of An Eye MXC2 MJG3 (Blink), a Toy Fox Terrier handled by Johanna Ammentorp
16" — MACH2 China Road Ziggy's Split Decision MXS MJG OF (Ziggy) a Chinese Crested handled by Estelle Robinson
Carrie DeYoung, Director of Agility
Front Row:
24" — MACH Roo! CD MXB MJS (Roo), an All American Dog handled by Stacey Campbell
MACH7 Blackwatch Limited Edition Maja MXC2 MJC2 (Maja), a Border Collie handled by Silvina Bruera
16" — MACH2 Crush MXS MJS XF (Crush), an All American Dog handled by Aryn Hervel
Winners of the second annual Junior Agility Competition
Junior Agility High Combined Exc winners
(L to R)
Top Row:
8" Chase Koetter & Roxy
12" Blake Rivas & Trixie
20" Kaitlyn Dreese & Karli Renay
Bottom Row:
24" Avery Adams & Huntleigh
16" Dana George & Stella
Junior Agility High Combined Winners
Superior Class High Combined Winners
Superior Class High Combined Winners
(L to R):
20" Kaitlyn Dress & Phil
16" Brooke Netherland & Fuze
24" Brianne Farr & Rocket
Not pictured:
12" Sierra Martin & Mac
More information on the Invitational, including courses and complete results, can be found at: http://classic.akc.org/events/agility/invitational/

2013 National Agility Championship
The Agility Invitational was barely in the record books when off we went to the National Championship.

The 2013 National Agility Championship was held in Tulsa, OK on March 15-17, 2013 and what an incredible event it was. With a record entry of almost 1400 dogs, we hit another new first by adding a ring and running 6 rings. It was so exciting to watch so many wonderful dog & handler teams! Congratulations to everyone who participated in such a special event!
The new AKC National Agility Champions:
AKC Agility Champions
Placing first in their height division (8", 12", 16", 20", 24" and 26" respectively) were:
8" — MACH4 Livewire Its All Gravy MXB2 MJG2 XF T2B (Masher), a Papillion handled by Daneen Fox of Acton, CA
12" — MACH2 Jahdo Skechers At Strathspey MXS MJS XF (Skecher), a Shetland Sheepdog handled by Barb Davis of Newman Lake, WA
16" — MACH Instant Karma MXS MJS XF (Karma), a Border Collie handled by Cheryl Morris of Ames, IA
20" — MACH4 Super Sweet HSAs HSBs MXC MJC MXF (Sweet), a Border Collie handled by Dudley Fontaine of Clemmons, NC
24" — MACH Roo! CD MXS MJS (Roo), an All-American Dog handled by Stacey Campbell of San Francisco, CA
26" — MACH Tempo In Motion MXB MJS MXF T2B (Pace), a Border Collie handled by Desiree Snelleman of Bonney Lake, WA
The new AKC National Preferred Agility Champions:
AKC National Preferred Agility Champions
Placing first in their height divisions (4", 8", 12", 16" and 20" respectively) were:
4" — MACH5 PACH2 Juliette's Butterfly Kisses UD RE MXB2 MJS2 MXP5 MXPS MJPB PAX2 XF T2BP (Juliette), a Toy Fox Terrier handled by Kathy Marble-Brown of Mulberry, FL
8" — PNAC MACH2 Willowbend Enchanted Evening MXS MJS MXP2 MJP2 NF (Eve), a Pembroke Welsh Corgi handled by Janelle Julyan of Chamblee, GA
12" — HC MACH Kit Kat HXAds HXBd MXS MJS MXP MJP2 NF (Kat), a Border Collie handled by Loretta Vojtech of Kenosha, WI
16" — MACH3 PACH Brasstax Lyrical Skylar MXC MJG MXP2 MJP2 MXF MFB TQX (Skylar), a Border Collie handled by Ann Zarr of Leawood, KS
20" — MACH American Revved Up Ford MXB MJB MXP MJP (Henry), a Labrador Retriever handled by Dennis Butler of Norman, OK
For complete coverage of the Nationals, including photos, videos, course maps, and complete results for each dog, please go to:
http://classic.akc.org/events/agility/national_agility_championship/
2012 Top Dogs
A BIG congratulations to all of the top dogs and handlers for 2012. Click here to see the recently released agility stats; the top MACH and PACH dogs for 2012.
Until next time, have fun with your dog and always remember to stay In The Zone!
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