AKC Agility's In the Zone - June 2012
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AKC Agility's In the Zone
Volume 2, Issue 3, June 2012
Hello, Agility Exhibitors!

It is hard to believe that summer is here. If you are going out of town for summer vacation, remember that you can use the AKC Events Search to locate trials in other parts of the country. The Events Search page can be found here.

Have fun doing agility while you are traveling or on vacation. This is a great way to meet exhibitors from other parts of the country.

Wishing you lots of fun runs and always remember; have fun with your dogs!

Welcome New Agility Judges

It is always fun to see someone pass the Judges Seminar and become a new agility judge. Last month we had 17 people pass the seminar and become judges. This is a huge accomplishment.

Please join us in congratulating the 17 newly-licensed AKC agility judges.

  • Sue Barnett, Avon CT
  • Alexandra Davis, Ashland VA
  • LaVar Griffin, West Haven UT
  • Abbie Hanson, Estill SC
  • Monica Hendrickson, Bradenton FL
  • Nancy Kemna, Woodinville WA
  • Judith Kolva, Tremont PA
  • Richard Kurzawa, Brentwood MO
  • Terry LeClair, Fremont CA
  • Mike McCoy, Pueblo CO
  • Elane Rice, Niskayuna NY
  • Ginger Robertson, Savannah GA
  • Sally Sheridan, Oklahoma City OK
  • Annette Smith, Hollywood FL
  • Linda Syner, Ridgely MD
  • Robert Thompson, Monroeton PA
  • Don Wittke, West Chester PA

Do you think you would like to be an agility judge? Check out the requirements and approval process for becoming a judge here.

NEW Lifetime Achievement Titles

Now all of those 'extra' qualifying legs from the Excellent B classes that you often didn't think much about as you were not 'working on a double Q' that day, count towards the new Lifetime Achievement Titles.

In order to recognize consistency and longevity in the Master Agility Excellent (MX), Master Excellent Jumpers With Weaves (MXJ) and Master Excellent FAST (MXF) classes, the AKC will record a Lifetime Achievement title on the dog's record. There will be a Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Century title associated with both the regular and preferred standard, JWW, and FAST classes.

The new titles take effect on July 1, 2012. However, they will be retroactive for any legs earned on or after January 1, 1999.

For all Lifetime Achievement titles earned July 1, 2012 and after a title certificate will automatically be sent out. For all Lifetime Achievement titles earned prior to July 1, 2012 those titles will be added to your dog's record. If you would like a certificate mailed out for those titles you can go to the AKC Store and login to your store account. Then go to AKC Titles and Medallions and select your dog. Once you have selected your dog you can choose the title for which you would like to order a certificate. Certificates cost $10 each.

Complete details can be found in Appendix B of the Regulations for Agility Trials.

AKC World Team is Announced

On May 5-6 in Hopkins, MN, some of the best dog and handler teams in the country competed for a spot on the world team. The American Kennel Club will take a team of 12 dogs to the FCI World Agility Championships in the Czech Republic on October 5-7. Congratulations to our 2012 world team members!

AKC World Team

Small Dogs

  • Laura Dolan — NAC Bare Cove Tri to Keep Up MX MXJ NF "Race" Shetland Sheepdog
  • Dee Anna Gamel — NAC MACH9 Hilltop Kelsi Lee Kinsella "Kelsi" Shetland Sheepdog
  • Denise Kilpatrick — MACH3 Plail's Catch Me If Ewe Can PT XF "Tyler" Shetland Sheepdog
  • Marcy Mantell — NAC MACH7 Plail's Few and Far Between CDX RN PT MXF TQX "Wave" Shetland Sheepdog
  • Alternate — Barbara Davis – MACH Jahdo Skechers at Strathspey XF "Skecher" Shetland Sheepdog

Medium Dogs

  • Ashley Deacon — NAC MACH3 Luka De La Brise "Luka" Pyrenean Shepherd
  • Laurene Galgano — MACH18 Karefree Ticket To Ride FTC1 TQX T2B2 "Token" Shetland Sheepdog
  • Jean Lavalley — MACH2 Taylormade Cheer For Me XF Shetland Sheepdog
  • John Nys — NAC CH MACH5 Bare Cove Blu Lite Special "Rush" Shetland Sheepdog
  • Alternate — Maureen Waldron – MACH4 Plails It's All About Me! MXF TQX "Mickle" Shetland Sheepdog

Large Dogs

  • Silvinia Bruera — MACH Ni-C-Era High Tech TCAM "TCAM" Border Collie
  • Channan Fosty — MACH4 Hob Nob Cult Classic MXF "Icon" Border Collie
  • Daisy Peel — NAC MACH4 Super Sun OF "Solar" Border Collie
  • Tori Self — NAC MACH Sagehill's Change the World MX MXJ OF "Rev" Border Collie
  • Alternate — Terry Smorch – MACH4 Hob Nob Up Tempo Night Flight MXF TQX "Presto" Border Collie

For more information, tryout coverage, and lots of great pictures, click here ►

Emergency Preparedness

Summer is a wonderful time of year, but it can also bring wildfires, flooding, hurricanes, and tornados. Being prepared for emergencies can help to keep your dogs and family safe. Don't know where to start? The AKC website has some wonderful tips and other resources to help you. Remember, your dogs are depending on you!

We are wishing you a wonderful summer and many clean agility runs. Have fun with your dog and always remember to stay In The Zone!
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