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AKC Agility Premier Cup Winners
Champions were announced in each of the six height divisions (8″, 12″, 16″, 20″, 24” and 24C” respectively).

There were 100 of the speediest dogs invited to compete at the 2022 AKC Agility Dogs Premier Cup on July 9, 2022, in Columbus, OH, at Historic Crew Stadium. Only 50 advanced to the finals after two preliminary rounds, with the top 10 winners named in each height class.

“This year’s Agility Dog Premier Cup was a thrilling event to watch, and we’re glad that the ESPN broadcast shared the excitement of the sport with a large audience,” said Doug Ljungren, Executive Vice President of Sports & Events. “The competition was fierce, and we’d like to congratulate the winners and all of the participants.”

All the action was aired on ESPN2 on July 23, and champions were announced in each of the five height divisions (8″, 12″, 16″, 20″, and 24″).

8″ Winner

Finn the Papillon

Call Name: Finn

Registered Name: MACH3 Pasun’s See U At The Finish Line MXC MJB2

Breed: Papillon

Handler: Jesse Westover

From: North Braddock, PA

Age: 6

Time: 36.31 seconds

12″ Winner

Swindle the Shetland Sheepdog

Call Name: Swindle

Registered Name: MACH Trinity Run Like You Stole It MXS MJS OF

Breed: Shetland Sheepdog

Handler: Abigail Beasley

From: Centerburg, OH

Age: 7

Time: 31.94 seconds

16” Winner

Lucky the Shetland Sheepdog

Call Name: Lucky

Registered Name: MACH4 PACH Bare Cove On A Roll RN MXC PAD MJB2 MXPB MJP3 MJPB PAX XF

Breed: Shetland Sheepdog

Handler: Jennifer Crank

From: Pickerington, OH

Age: 10

Time: 36.38 seconds

20” Winner

Hallelujah the Border Collie

Call Name: Hallelujah

Registered Name: NAC Pride Creek’s Now We’Re Talking MX MXB MXJ MJB

Breed: Border Collie

Handler: Jessica Ajouix

From: Wyncote, PA

Age: 5

Time: 30.23 seconds

24” Winner

Wit the Border Collie

Call Name: Wit

Registered Name: MACH Pride Creek’s Walk It Like I Talk It MXB MJB

Breed: Border Collie

Handler: Perry DeWitt

From: Wyncote, PA

Age: 5

Time: 31.92 seconds

Get Started in Agility

Any breed — including mixed breeds — can participate in Agility. The first step is making sure your dog is registered. Mixed breeds can register as Canine Partners.

A great first step is working toward your ACT title. The Agility Course Test (ACT) is an entry-level agility event designed to introduce and welcome beginning dogs and their handlers to the AKC sport of agility. Any dog 15 months or older can participate and the title can now be earned virtually. 

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