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The American Kennel Club (AKC®), the world’s largest purebred dog registry and governing body of dog sports, is pleased to announce the winners of the inaugural season of the AKC Agility League.

The AKC Agility League has concluded its pilot season, which ran from May 30th to August 21st, and named the first League season champions, with winners announced in national teams, regional teams, and individual dog classes.

“The Agility League’s first season was a success. The pilot groups reported having a great time working together as a team and trying out the new courses,” said Agility League Program Manager Penny Leigh. “We want to thank the groups that participated in the pilot with such enthusiasm and gave us such valuable feedback. We look forward to our fall season and working with more teams on this fun program.”

The top winning national team is The Smart Dogs, sponsored by One Smart Dog Training Center in Selville, Ohio. Team captain Mark Solinger competed with his Border Collies, Jumpstart’s Scarlet And Gray CD BN RN FDC OA AXJ MFB BCAT CGCA CGCU TKN ATT VHMA VHMP, and AGCH MACH6 Rav’Nleigh’s Knee Deep In The Hoopla CD BN RI FDC MXS2 PDS MJC2 PJD PJDP MFB2 TQX T2B6 DCAT CGCA CGCU TKA.

Other Smart Dog team members are:

  • Papillon, AGCH MACH4 Domino’s Insurgent Of Wolfcreek RN MXB2 PDS MJG2 PJS MFG TQX T2B5 CGC TKN and Leslie Myers
  • Vizsla, Panacea Something Just Like This Of Wolfcreek RN MX AXJ MFB CGC TKN, and Leslie Myers
  • Golden Retriever, Trifecta’s Grateful It’s Not A Race But A Journey MX MXJ MJB CGC TKI, and Leslie Garofalo

The Reserve Champion team is Half Moon Bay Mavericks, sponsored by Half Moon Bay Dog Sports of Half Moon Bay, California. Team captain Marcy Mantell competed with Shetland Sheepdog Ululallaluna Space Jam AX AXJ XF.

Other Half Moon Bay Mavericks members are:

  • Pumi, Mayalu’s Daeira MX MXJ MXF, and Christine Brew
  • Parson Russell Terrier, White Cosmopolitan MX MXJ, and Yukari Nishimura
  • Australian Cattle Dog, Scotswood Teak Me Home AX OAJ NF, and Millie Lee
  • Australian Shepherd, Slipstream’s Made Of Stardust AX AXJ MXF FCAT, and Katrina Parkinson

AKC Agility League Regional Team Champions:

Alaska – 40 Below – Let’s Go!, sponsor Tanana Valley Kennel Club

Hawaii – ‘lli’o HA’A, sponsor Hawaiian Agility Handlers Association

New England – AK9C All Stars, sponsor American K9 Country (NH)

Mid-Atlantic – Pinelands Get Up & Groove, sponsor Pinelands Dog Training Center (NJ)

Southeast – WestRover’s Q Crew, sponsor WestRover Agility School (AL)

South Central – Twisted Sisters, sponsor Kate’s Place (OK)

North Central – The Smart Dogs, sponsor One Smart Dog (OH)

Rock Mountain – Lookout for Colorado!, sponsor Lookout Agility (CO)

Western – Half Moon Bay Mavericks, sponsor Half Moon Bay Dog Sports (CA)

AKC Agility League Regular Winners:

Placing first in their height divisions (8”, 12”, 16”, 20” and 24” respectively) were:

8”: AGCH MACH4 Domino’s Insurgent Of Wolfcreek RN MXB2 PDS MJG2 PJS MFG TQX T2B5 CGC TKN, Papillon, Leslie Myers (The Smart Dogs – OH)

12”: MACH Safranne’s Silver Sails Anchor Down MXB MJS PJD MFB T2B3 DJ CGC, Poodle, Beth White (First in Flight – NC)

16”: Mayalu’s Daeira MX MXJ MXF, Pumi, Christine Brew, Half Moon Bay Mavericks (CA)

20”: T/K Ikon OA OAJ , Border Collie, Caitlin Ascher (Lookout for Colorado! – CO)

24”: Steely Dan AX AXJ, Border Collie, Liz Blasio (Lookout for Colorado! – CO)

24C:  CH MACH5 Elachies Ewe Can’T Mistake My Darkside MXS2 PAD MJB2 PJD DE DM HDM, Border Collie, Amber McCune (AK9C All Stars – NH)

AKC Agility League Preferred Winners:

Placing first in their height divisions (4”, 8”, 12”, 16” and 20” respectively) were:

4”: GCHB CH AGCH MACH5 Trinity’s Kailani Grace MXG2 PDS MJS2 PJS MFG TQX T2B5 FCAT CGC TKN, American Eskimo Dog, Jennifer Crisman (WestRover’s Q Crew – AL)

8”: GCH CH MACH4 PACH2 Diavolino’s Il Re Leone RA MXC MJG2 MXP5 MXPS MJP9 MJPG PAX2 OF CGC, Italian Greyhound, Jennifer Graves (Windy City Weavers – IL)

12”: CH Cinnabar Beyond Hi Gear MX MXJ XF T2B, Shetland Sheepdog, Leslie Saito (‘lli’o HA’A – HI)

16”: Epic CD RN MX MXJ MJB XF, Border Collie, Caitlin Ascher (Lookout! It Runs in the Family!! – CO)

20”: Fly’N Hi’s Win’N Vin Diesel Fast N Furious MX MXJ XF, Golden Retriever, Lauren Sanchez-Susman (Lookout for Colorado! – CO)

For more information on the AKC Agility League, or to enroll for the fall season, visit or contact