Don’t miss the top agility dogs and handlers from across the country as they gather at the World Equestrian Center in Ocala, Florida for the AKC Agility Premier Cup. The two-hour event will air on ESPN on Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at 7 p.m. ET/ 4 p.m. PT.
Held on May 15, 2021 at the newly completed World Equestrian Center in Ocala, Florida, this year’s competition was closed off to the public due to COVID-19 safety precautions. Entry was limited to exhibitors, judges, production crew, and event staff. Other safety requirements included social distancing, temperature checks, wearing face coverings, and sanitizing stations. The World Equestrian Center is the largest equestrian complex in the United States, offering a world-class, multi-indoor and outdoor arena facility with state-of-the-art amenities.
“After having to cancel last year’s competition, it was exciting to see all these competitors come out to remind us why they’re the best in the sport, “said Carrie DeYoung, AKC’s Agility Director.
What’s at Stake
Between the 5 jump height winners, teams competed for $10,000. Reserve Winners were awarded $500, and $1,500 was presented to the Winner from the finals round.
Over 90 dogs and their handlers competed for the championship title. Dogs entered competed in 8”, 12”, 16”, 20”, or 24” jump heights, according to their size. “We are thrilled to provide ESPN viewers the excitement of watching an agility competition and hope they appreciate these talented canine athletes the way we do,” said EVP of Sports & Events, Doug Ljungren.
The broadcast will be hosted by ESPN SportsCenter anchor Antoinetta “Toni” Collins, including play by play by sportscaster Carolyn Manno, and analysis by Terry Simons, past AKC National Agility Champion.
Watch the event on ESPN on Tuesday, May 25 at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT by tuning in on your television or any device. Want to get started at home? Start practicing in the backyard and earn titles virtually.