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Agility: News And Updates

Agility: News And Updates

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.

March 5, 2019

Canine and Equine Sports combine for a thrilling event.

The American Kennel Club and EEM will host the first-ever 2019 AKC Agility Premier Cup presented by EEM to be held in conjunction with the Longines Masters of New York. The event will take place on Thursday April 25th from 4 P.M.- 9 P.M. at NYCB Live at the newly renovated Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Full Press Release

November 16, 2018

Rules Applying to Dog Shows definition of “Immediate Family” – Effective 12/1/2018

At the October 2018 AKC Board meeting, the Board of Directors approved a change to the language in the Rules Applying to Dog Shows for the definition of “Immediate Family” which becomes effective on December 1, 2018.

As a result of that change, at the November Board meeting, the AKC Board of Directors approved the same definition of immediate family in the Obedience Regulations, Rally Regulations, Tracking Regulations and Regulations for Agility Trials and Agility Course Test (ACT) to be consistent, as all four sports reference the definition of “Immediate Family” based on what is written in the Rules Applying to Dog Shows. This change to these Regulations becomes effective December 1, 2018.


Regulations for Agility Trials
Section 31. Judges’ Responsibilities. (Paragraph 7) No judge may judge a dog at a licensed or member club trial if he or she or any member of his or her family owns or co-owns the dog. The word “family” shall include a spouse, domestic partner, parents, grandparents, children, grandchildren, siblings, mother-in-law, father-in-law, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, daughters-in-law, and sons-in-law; adopted, half, and step members are also included in family, or a household member of the judge in question, but shall not extend to other blood or legal relationships.