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Agility: News And Updates

Agility: News And Updates

July 26, 2023 –

Welcome to New Agility Field Representative David Hirsch

We are excited to announce that David will be starting with the AKC Agility Department on August 28, 2023.

David began his involvement with canine sports as a member and trial organizer in the Golden Retriever Club of Columbus, Ohio.  Following what became a passion, David joined the AKC over 20 years ago when he began showing his Golden Retrievers in obedience, conformation, and agility trials.  Having excelled in agility, David and his Goldens Sport, Trevor, Blast, Jewels, and Super Lotto kept David very busy over the years.  Together they have earned over 30 MACH titles and an Agility Grand Championship.  David is particularly proud at being a multi-year attendee at the AKC Agility National and Invitational competitions. In 2020 David and his Golden Retriever Super Lotto finished 3rd in the 20” Finals.

David’s love for the sport of agility led to his becoming an AKC Agility Trial Chair in 2004.  In this capacity he provided supervision in more than 60 trials with various clubs, supervising trial staff in all aspects of course setup, awards, judges, and site management.  David became an AKC Agility Judge in 2007. In over 17 years, he has judged more than 650 shows throughout the United States. In his role as judge, David has particularly enjoyed designing courses to challenge both owners and dogs to perform to the best of their abilities.

David has owned an advertising specialty/textile business for over 30 years, where he has come to appreciate the importance of internal and external customer service and issue resolution.   David’s family consists of his love Kim Wolfe, their four Border Collies and of course a Golden Retriever. David has found a home within the community of the AKC Agility Department and is excited to give back to the sport that has given him so many wonderful memories and friendships.

February 14, 2023 –

International Sweepstakes Class Updates – Chapter 14

The Board VOTED to realign the AKC Agility Non-Regular International Sweepstakes Class with the updates of Fédération Cynologique International (FCI) Agility Rules.  These changes are effective February 1, 2023.