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Agility: News And Updates

Agility: News And Updates

March 28. 2021

The American Kennel Club (AKC®) is excited to announce the return of the wildly popular AKC Agility Premier Cup. The second  annual event is set to take place on May 15, 2021 in Ocala, FL at the newly completed World Equestrian Center.

This event is an all-star display of canine talent and athleticism. The top agility competitors and their handlers from around the country will be invited to compete at the Invitational and will compete for cash prizes.

July 28, 2020

Temporary Waiving of Two Judge Policy for Titles – Effective July 1, 2020

At the July Board meeting, the AKC Board of Directors approved the waiver of the “two-judge” requirement to earn titles in agility, obedience and rally for the remainder 2020.  This change provides exhibitors more opportunities to earn their titles during this time where events are scarcer and in which judges are unable to travel across the country as easily. These changes will apply for the remainder of 2020 and are retroactive to July 1, 2020.

Agility Titles Included:

Novice level               NA – NAP – NAJ – NJP – NF – NFP

Open level                  OA – OAP – OAJ – OJP – OF – OFP

Excellent level            AX – AXP – AXJ – AJP – XF – XFP

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.