The top dogs in the nation were crowned from an overall combined entry of more than 500 dogs this past weekend at the AKC National Obedience Championship and AKC Rally National Championship. Competitions were held December 11-13, 2020 in conjunction with the AKC National Championship Presented by Royal Canin at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL.
The National Obedience Championship is a two-day event and is by invitation only for the top-ranked dogs of each breed. “These dogs represent the very finest in their sport from across the country.” said Pamela Manaton, Director of Obedience, Rally and Tracking. At the conclusion of day one, the top 50 scoring dogs move on to the final day of competition. The third annual Patricia R. Krause “Soaring Eagle” Perpetual Memorial Trophy was presented to Cathy Fleury and her Rottweiler, kanosak-Valeo’s Ever En Garde VCD3 BN GN GO RAE MXP2 MXPB MJP2 MJPB, IL. The award was bestowed upon the 51st‐ranked dog at the end of the day‐one competition, to recognize their efforts and to remind them to never give up.
The 2020 AKC National Obedience Championship Winners:
The 2020 AKC National Obedience Champion is: OTCH14 RHUMBLINE’S ALL OR NOTHING UDX8 OGM, a LABRADOR RETRIEVER known as “ZEAL,” handled by PETRA FORD of WASHINGTON, NJ.
1st Runner-Up: OTCH6 HIGH TIMES TOTALLY SAUCED UDX6 PCD OGM SH, a GOLDEN RETRIEVER known as “JUICY,” handled by SHARRI SIEBERT of SCHOOLCRAFT, MI.
2nd Runner-Up: OTCH3 SANDY CREEK WANNA’BE LIKE ME UDX5 OM8 BN GN RN, a MINIATURE AMERICAN SHEPHERD known as “TYSON,” handled by MARA WACKER of HUTCHINSON, MN.
3rd Runner-Up: OTCH4 MACH3 RACH NORWOOD COLOR ME ZAYNE UDX5 OM8 RM2 RAE2 HSAd HSBd MXG PAD MJG PJD MFB TQX T2B3, a BORDER COLLIE known as “ZAYNE,” handled by KIM BERKLEY of CASEYVILLE, IL.
The AKC Rally National Championship is a one-day event with dogs meeting entry eligibility requirements at more than 1,000 events over the past year. “The dogs competing this year are considered among the best of the best.” said Pamela Manaton, Director of Obedience, Rally and Tracking.
The 2020 AKC Rally® National Championship Winners:
The 2020 AKC Rally® National Champion is: MACH POWERHOUSE HAPPILY EVER AFTER CDX PCD BN GN RM RAE2 PT MXB MJB XF DJ CGCA, a BORDER COLLIE known as “AURORA,” handled by BRIANNE FARR of DACULA, GA.
Rally Master: OTCH KATWALK’S DON’T BLINK UDX3 OM5 BN RM AX AXJ XF, a BORDER COLLIE known as “BLINK,” handled by ANN MARIE SCRIPKO of PEDRIEKTOWN, NJ.
Rally Excellent: KANOSAKS PRETTY IN PINK CDX BN GN RE OA OAJ BCAT CCA RATM DS CGC TKN, a GOLDEN RETRIEVER known as “ANDIE,” handled by NANCY YOUNGEN of MAPLE PARK, IL.
Rally Advanced: COPPER RIDGE ADVENTURE AWAITS RA NA DN CGC, a BORDER COLLIE known as “BACKPACK,” handled by BAILEY EDMUNDS of DACULA, GA.
Rally Intermediate: CLEVER K9’S SHE’S MY KIND OF RAIN RI OA OAJ OF, a BORDER COLLIE known as “RAIN,” handled by ANN MARIE SCRIPKO of PEDRIEKTOWN, NJ.
Rally Novice: MPACTS MAJESTIC STAR RISWN SCNE SHDN CGC TKN, a BELGIAN MALINOIS known as “GALAXXY,” handled by AMELIA GRENINGER of BUFFALO, MN.