Nearly 1,300 dogs participated in the 2023 AKC National Agility Championship presented by YuMOVE to show off their skills as America’s top Agility dogs. From March 16 through March 19, they competed at the Built Ford Tough Livestock Complex at Expo Square in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to become this year’s AKC National Agility Champions.
“What a thrilling competition we had this year,” says Carrie DeYoung, Director of Agility. “These canine athletes and their handlers are the best of the best and never cease to amaze us with their skills.”
Champions were announced in each of the six height divisions: 8″, 12″, 16″, 20″, 24″, and 24C”.
8″ Agility Champion
Gabby the Papillon
Call Name: Gabby
Registered Name: NAC GCH CH MACH6 Starstruck Oh My Word! MXS2 PAD MJC2 PJD OF
Handler: Andrea Samuels
From: Cape Coral, Florida
Time: 35.718 seconds
12″ Agility Champion
Nimble the All-American Dog
Call Name: Nimble
Registered Name: MACH Breezy Blue’s Be Quick! MXB MJB XF
Breed: All-American Dog
Handler: Cynthia Hornor
From: Ellicott City, Maryland
Time: 30.012 seconds
16″ Agility Champion
Vanish the Border Collie
Call Name: Vanish
Registered Name: Without A Trace MX MXJ
Breed: Border Collie
Handler: Emily Klarman
From: Machesney Park, Illinois
Time: 28.656 seconds
20″ Agility Champion
Wit the Border Collie
Call Name: Wit
Registered Name: MACH Pride Creek’s Walk It Like I Talk It MXS MJB
Breed: Border Collie
Handler: Perry DeWitt
From: Wyncote, Pennsylvania
Time: 30.003 seconds
24″ Agility Champion
Hogan the Weimaraner
Call Name: Hogan
Registered Name: MACH5 Regen’s He’s On The Dance Floor UD RN MXS2 PDS MJS2 PJD MFS TQX T2B4 ACT1
Handler: Steve Basson
From: South Windsor, Connecticut
Time: 37.579 seconds
24C” Agility Champion
Typo the Border Collie
Call Name: Typo
Registered Name: CH MACH6 Elachies Ewe Can’T Mistake My Darkside MXS2 PAD MJS2 PJD DE DM HDM
Breed: Border Collie
Handler: Amber McCune
From: Bedford, New Hampshire
Time: 31.137 seconds
AKC Preferred National Agility Champions
AKC Preferred Agility is a great program for senior dogs or dogs that have suffered injuries. It allows dogs to jump at one height division lower than the regular course, as well as giving them five extra seconds to complete the course.
Below are this year’s Preferred Champions. The full results can be found at the AKC Companion Events page.
4″ Preferred Agility Champion: “Zoom” MACH10 PACH6 Kayangee Wishing Well Excuse My Dust MXG3 MJB4 MXP16 MXPS2 MJP17 MJPG2 PAX6 CGC, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, handled by Antonia Rotelle of Dover, Pennsylvania
8″ Preferred Agility Champion: “Aleena” MACH13 PACH Eaglehill-South Dreams Dancing With Stars MXC3 MJS4 MXPB MJP3 MJPB PAX OF, a Poodle, handled by Supavee/Paiboon Janlekha/Tanapipatkulchai of Chicago, Illinois
12″ Preferred Agility Champion: “Jax” Ignited Fire Burn And Cauldron Bubble RN MX MXB MXJ MJB MXP MJP MXF MFP SWN TKN, a Border Collie, handled by Karena Kosco of Poway, California
16″ Preferred Agility Champion: “Rich” MACH Gameonrich Is Better MXB PAD MJB MJP, a Border Collie, handled by Mia Grant of Goleta, California
20″ Preferred Agility Champion: “Strider” PNAC MACH PACH Mack’s Strider MXB MJB MXP4 MXPB MJP4 MJPB PAX CA CGC, an All-American Dog, handled by Hayley Mack of Hesperia, California
On Monday, May 8, at 8 p.m. ET, viewers can tune in to ESPN2 to watch the AKC NAC finals, hosted by ESPN’s Phil Murphy, with play-by-play from sportscaster Carolyn Manno and analysis from Terry Simons.
You can also learn about the oldest dog who competed this year, as well as other canine competitors like Monkey the Lagotto Romagnolo, Streak the Poodle, Spice the Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen, and Wushu the All-American Dog. You can also learn all about star handler Amber McCune, whose dog Typo won in the 24C” Division.
Getting Started in Agility
Any dog that is registered with the AKC can participate, including All-American dogs registered as Canine Partners.
A great first step to getting involved in agility is working toward your Agility Course Test (ACT) title. The ACT is an entry-level agility event designed to introduce beginner dogs and their handlers to the sport. Any dog that is at least 15 months old can participate, and the title can be earned virtually.