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Agility: News And Updates

March 21, 2020

Cancellation of Premier Cup April 2020

Due to the current developments regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), The American Kennel Club has decided to cancel the 2nd Annual Premier Cup that was scheduled for April 30, 2020.  This decision was made out of an abundance of caution, as the health and safety of our exhibitors, judges and staff are our main concern. We encourage everyone to follow the guidelines of the CDC and World Health Organization to prevent illness.  We appreciated the dedication and commitment of our exhibitors and their amazing dogs. We look forward to seeing you soon.

March 20, 2020

Agility Trial Closing Dates and Judge Replacements

Dear Trial Secretaries, Clubs & Judges:

Due to the ongoing developments regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) the American Kennel Club agility department is extending the use of these two amendments to the Regulations For Agility Trials and Agility Course Test through June 30, 2020.

  1. Clubs may opt to close a trial up to 7 days prior to the 1st day of the start of the trial.  Entries can be accepted later than is currently allowed, which is 14 days.  Clubs can move it to 7 days prior. IF the club extends the trial closing date they also have to allow full refund entry fees if someone pulls from the trial prior to that date too.(amendment to Chapter 1, Section 14)
  2. If a judge needs to be replaced we will waive the 30 day, 200 mile rule and instead treating this time period as an emergency replacement. (amendment to Chapter 1, Section 31).

The decision to extend these changes was made due to the uncertainty of the current situation.  We continue to encourage everyone to follow the guidelines of the CDC and World Health Organization to prevent illness.

Please contact me or any of the agility team if we can be of any help.

Thank you for everything you are all doing in this quickly changing environment.  We are lucky to have all of you working with us and the exhibitors.




December 20,2019

Daisy Peel and Celestine a Flotte Sach AX MXJ (Chispa) will compete in the 2020 Crufts International Agility Competition

Daisy Peel, Chispa (Border Collie, USA). FCI Agility World Championship 2019, Turku, Finland. Photo (c) Jukka Pätynen,

A bit about Chispa & Daisy:

At just three years of age, Chispa has some impressive accomplishments to her name; a symbol of the special connection she and Daisy share. In May 2019, Chispa won her spot on the AKC Agility World Championship Team at the World Team Tryouts. Then, in the summer of 2019, Chispa competed with Daisy at the European Open in The Netherlands. In the Fall of 2019, Daisy and Chispa represented the United States and The American Kennel Club in Finland, at The Agility World Championships.

Daisy is proud to represent the AKC and the USA again with Chispa on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at the Crufts International Agility Competition. This is Daisy’s fourth time to represent the American Kennel Club at Crufts, and she and Chispa are looking forward to sharing their connection on course in front of the Crufts audience, in the Crufts Main Ring this upcoming March.

The International Agility Competition is only open to large dogs and the countries are invited to compete.

July 24, 2019

AKC European Open Juniors 2019 Results

This year’s FCI European Open Competition was held in Kreuzlingen, Switzerland on July 12-14, 2019

Congratulations to Team USA on their successes:

Brie Schaff and Streak – Gold Medalist in U15 Jumping Small Dogs

USA Large Dog Team “Bringing the Heat” Overall Silver Medalists – Avery Adams & Spark, McKenzie Minto & Safari, Natalie Spinsby & Vengeance, Radence Tsow & Ammo

June 30, 2019

A HUGE Thank You to Mike Teh and the Fusion Pet Retreat Training Center for hosting this year’s seminar weekend at their fabulous facility!

Please join us in CONGRATULATING AKC’s newest agility licensed judges from last weekend’s seminar:

Judge’s Name City, State Email
Janice Lea (Bowden) Omaha, NE
Jenny Burrows Boise, ID
Christy Chilcott Prosper, TX
Megan Esherick Leesport, PA
Mark Giles Derry, NH
Michael Padgett Pine Ridge, FL
Michelle Persian Eden Prairie, MN
Jo Powers Denton, MD
Dave Sliger Port Orchard, WA
Shawn Smith Loxahatchee, FL
Sherry Spivey Cookeville, TN


June 19, 2019

Approved at May 2019 AKC Board Meeting

  • Effective June 1, 2019, head halters are now allowed on the show grounds including when the dog is being brought into the ring for their run.
  • Effective January 1, 2020, weave poles may no longer be striped by tape. Stripes may be painted or the poles may be alternating solid colors.
  • Effective January 1, 2020, an exhibitor will be allowed to enter their dog in a mixture of Regular and Preferred classes within the same trial day/trial weekend. (for example, Master Preferred STD/JWW and Regular Master FAST & T2B)
  • Effective January 1, 2020, an exhibitor will be allowed to enter their dog in a mixture of jump heights within the same trial day/trial weekend (for example, 20” Master Std/JWW and 24C Premier STD and Premier JWW).

Click here for a complete description of each Regulation change.

April 25, 2019


New York, N.Y. – The American Kennel Club (AKC®), the world’s largest purebred dog registry and leading advocate for dogs, is pleased to announce the winners of the first ever AKC Agility Premier Cup Presented by EEM which was held in conjunction with the Longines Masters of New York at NYCB Live at the newly renovated Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on April 25th.

Click here for the full press release.

April 19, 2019

Agility Advisory Committee Proposed Change to A-Frame height to 5’ for 12 inch Dogs

The Agility Advisory Committee has pulled this submission to the AKC Board of Directors May 2019 meeting for further review.

Please share any comments on this proposed change to

April 16, 2019

The AKC Agility Department welcomes Scott Stock as their newest Executive Field Representative

On April 29, 2019 the AKC Agility Department will welcome Scott Stock as their newest Executive Field Representative.

Scott has been competing in agility since 2000. His first runs were with an experienced 9-year-old Sheltie named Sable. As Sable was already in EX A, he had to learn how to handle rapidly. His first time in the ring, he was on an EX course and Sable quickly let him know when he was wrong. Sable and Scott went on to achieve an MX and MXJ. Now that he was hooked, he started to train his first puppy, a Sheltie named Storm. They achieved MACH 4, a CD, and an HT.  Now wanting a new challenge, he picked a Border Collie who he named R.I.P.  Scott and R.I.P. earned a MACH and PACH, as well as making the Challengers round at the AKC National Championships in 2014.

Scott has been an AKC agility judge since 2005 and has judged in 42 states. He has also judged National Specialties for Afghan Hounds, Irish Setters, Gordon Setters, Pembroke Welch Corgis, Shih Tzu, Samoyed, as well as the Dobe Top 20. He has also had the honor of judging the 2010 AKC Agility National Championship in Tulsa, OK and the finals judge for the 2011 AKC Agility National Championship in Lexington, VA.

Scott has spent the past 19 years working in the quality and social compliance industries for one of the largest independent auditing firms in the world. This has afforded him to work in many locations nationally and interact with many people throughout the country.

Scott is excited to join the AKC Agility Department and to contribute back to the sport that has given him so many wonderful memories and friendships.