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 AKC Agility Premier Cup. The competition was held at the World Equestrian Center in Ocala, Florida on May 15.
“It was a thrill to see the Agility Premier Cup return this year and to see so many talented dogs compete,” said Doug Ljungren, AKC Executive Vice President of Sports and Events. “These canines are some of the best athletes in the sport and they put on the performances to prove it.”
Over 90 dogs and their handlers participated in this year’s championship. Dogs entered competed in 8”, 12”, 16”, 20”, or 24” jump heights. In line with COVID-19 safety precautions, the event was closed to the public and entry was limited to exhibitors, judges, production crew, and
event staff. Other safety requirements included social distancing, temperature checks, wearing face coverings, and sanitizing stations.
$10,000 was awarded between the 5 jump height winners, $500 was given to the Reserve Winner, and $1,500 was presented to the Winner from the finals round.
The AKC Agility Premier Cup broadcast premiered on ESPN on May 25th. Audiences can enjoy an encore show on May 31st at 8pm ET on ESPN2.
The AKC Agility Cup Winners:
First place winners in each height division (08″, 12″, 16″, 20″ and 24” respectively):
08″ – GCHS CH MACH3 Aerilee’s Kitto Katsu MXC MJC OF BCAT CGC TKN (Kit Kat), a Papillon handled by Lindsey Barrows of Greenbrier, TN
12″ – NAC MACH4 Jib’s Just Happy To Be Here MXC PAD MJB2 (Bliss), a Poodle handled by Cassandra Schmidt of Lees Summit, MO
16″ – CH MACH2 Jandale Making Sparks Fly RN MXG MJG MXF T2B (Swift), a Shetland Sheepdog handled by Jennifer Crank of Pickerington, OH
20″ – MACH2 Holly’s Hope Goes Far MXG PAD MJG PJD MFS TQX T2B2 (Fargo), a Border Collie handled by Kathy Wells of Southfield, MI
24″ – MACH2 Tenspeeds Whiskey Bent And Hellbound MXG MJG MFS TQX T2B (Cephus), a Border Collie handled by Sarah LeBlanc of Xenia, OH
Reserve winners in each height division (08″, 12″, 16″, 20″ and 24” respectively):
08″ – AGCH MACH19 Croswynd Making Mavericks MXG5 PDS MJG5 PJG MFB2 TQX T2B6 CA THDN CGC TKP (Maverick), a Pembroke Welsh Corgi handled by Jeremy Gerhard of Grand Blanc, MI
12″ – PNAC MACH3 PACH Oak Knoll I Have A Dream MXG MJC MXP3 MXPB MJP4 MJPB PAX NF (Dreamer), a Shetland Sheepdog handled by Abigail Beasley of Centerburg, OH
16″ – MACH2 Lady Luck’s Catch Me If You Can MXG PAD MJC PJD NF T2B3 (Vegas), a All American Dog handled by Gloria Krueger of New Market, AL
20″ – MACH Cedar Shiver Me Timbers MXS MJB PJD MFS TQX T2B CGC TKA (Shiver), a Border Collie handled by Nikki Hall of Morgantown, WV
24″ – PNAC MACH PACH Mack’s Strider MXB MJB MXPB MJPB PAX CA CGC (Strider), a All American Dog handled by Hayley Mack of Hesperia, CA
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About the American Kennel Club
Founded in 1884, the American Kennel Club is a not-for-profit organization which maintains the largest registry of purebred dogs in the world and oversees the sport of purebred dogs in the United States. The AKC is dedicated to upholding the integrity of its registry, promoting the sport of purebred dogs and breeding for type and function. Along with its more than 5,000 licensed and member clubs and its affiliated organizations, the AKC advocates for the purebred dog as a family companion, advances canine health and well-being, works to protect the rights of all dog owners and promotes responsible dog ownership. More than 22,000 competitions for AKC-registered purebred dogs are held under AKC rules and regulations each year including conformation, agility, obedience, rally, tracking, herding, lure coursing, coonhound events, hunt tests, field and earthdog tests. Affiliate AKC organizations include the AKC Humane Fund, AKC Canine Health Foundation, AKC Reunite and the AKC Museum of the Dog. For more information, visit www.akc.org.