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More than 1,300 dogs competed in 2022 AKC National Agility Championship in Ocala, Florida April 1-3 in hopes of being named the top Agility dogs. However, only a few could be crowned National Agility Champions.

“It was so exciting to see all the competitors come out this year and show off their skills,” said Carrie DeYoung, Director of Agility. “These canine athletes are the best of the best in the sport, and we’re proud to celebrate them and their talented handlers.”

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

8″ Agility Champion

Lark the Papillon

Call Name: Lark

Registered Name: NAC MACH4 Aerilee’s Songbird MXC PAD MJB2 PJD DCAT

Breed: Papillon

Handler: Betsey Lynch

From: Delaware, OH

Age: 5

Time: 37.91 seconds


12″ Agility Champion

Rio the Shetland Sheepdog

Call Name: Rio

Registered Name: MACH Scene Stealer Shak-A New World MXS MJB

Breed: Shetland Sheepdog

Handler: Jennifer Crank

From: Fairborn, OH

Age: 6

Time: 35.77 seconds


16″ Agility Champion

Little Sparkle the Border Collie

Call Name: Little Sparkle

Registered Name: MACH Rival’s Spark In My Heart At Livewire MXB MJB DS

Breed: Border Collie

Handler: Tawni Millet

From: Christiana, TN

Age: 7

Time: 33.57 seconds

Little Sparkle

20″ Agility Champion

Hallelujah the Border Collie

Call Name: Hallelujah

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

Breed: Border Collie

Handler: Jessica Ajoux

From: Wyncote, PA

Age: 5

Time: 31.56 seconds


24″ Agility Champion

Kaboom the Border Collie

Call Name: Kaboom

Registered Name: NAC GCH CH MACH5 PACH Shorelands Explosion On The Darkside CD BN MXS2 PAD MJS2 PJD MXP3 MXPB MJP3 MJPB PAX XF T2B DJ

Breed: Border Collie

Handler: Amber McCune

From: Bedford, NH

Age: 8

Time: 37.44 seconds

2019 AKC Agility Premier Cup, New York

24C” Agility Champion

Truant the Border Collie

Call Name: Truant

Registered Name: MACH On Target’s Don’T Be Late! MXB MJB XF T2B

Breed: Border Collie 

Handler: Cynthia Hornor

From: Ellicott City, MD

Age: 5

Time: 34.23 seconds

Preferred Winners

  • 04″ – “Fortune” GCH CH MACH3 PACH3 Starstruck Predict My Future MXG MJG MXP9 MXPG MJP9 MJPG PAX3 BCAT, (Papillon) handled by Andrea Samuels
  • 08″ – “Pixel” MACH3 Sheza Mega Pixel MXG MJC PJD MXP MJP XF T2B, (Miniature American Shepherd) handled by Ami Sheffield
  • 12″ – “Déjà Vu” MACH2 De Ja Vu MXS MJG MXP MJP XF, (Border Collie) handled by Brenda Kelly of Flower Mound, TX
  • 16″ – “Verb” MACH On Target’s A Little Less Talk MXS MJB MXP MJP OF, (Border Collie) handled by Perry DeWitt of Wyncote, PA
  • 20″ – “River” AGCH MACH6 PACH Glenhighland’s Raging River MXB2 PAD MJS2 MXP4 MXPB PADP MJP3 MJPB PJDP PAX MFG TQX OFP T2B3 T2BP CA BCAT RATO, (Border Collie) known as River, handled by Jeanie Burton of Warrington, PA

Find more on the preferred winners here.

Want More?

Catch the regular finals on ESPN2 April 17 at noon ET, and learn about the oldest dog who competed this year.

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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