Press release: The American Kennel Club
The top Agility dogs in the nation were crowned from an overall combined entry of more than 1,100 dogs this past weekend at the AKC National Agility Championship. Competitions were held March 26-28, 2021 at the Built Ford Tough Livestock Complex and Central Park Hall at Expo Square in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
“After the cancellation of last year’s championship, it was even more exciting to see all the competitors come out this year and show off their honed skills,” said Doug Ljungren, AKC executive vice president of Sports and Events. “These canine athletes are the best of the best in the sport, and we’re proud to celebrate them and their talented handlers.”
The Preferred Finals can be viewed any time, on-demand, on AKC.tv. The Regular Finals will also have encore broadcasts across the ESPN networks. Check your local listings for updates.
The 2021 Winners:
AKC National Agility Champions
Placing first in their height division (8″, 12″, 16″, 20″, 24” and 24C” respectively) were:
8”: – MACH4 Aerilee’s Songbird MXC PAD MJC DCAT (Lark), a Papillon handled by Betsey Lynch of Delaware, OH
12”: MACH Blue Moon’s Grand Prix Perfect MXB MJS (Prix), a Manchester Terrier handled by Beth Mathews-Bradshaw of Haymarket, VA
16”: NAC MACH2 Breezyblue’s Get This Party Started MXG PAD MJS PJD NF (P!nk), a Border Collie handled by Jennifer Crank of Columbus, OH
20”: Pride Creek’s Now We’Re Talking AX MXJ (Hallelujah), a Border Collie handled by Jessica Ajoux of Wyncote, PA
24”: GCH CH MACH5 Shorelands Explosion On The Darkside MXB2 PAD MJB2 XF T2B DJ (Kaboom), a Border Collie handled by Amber McCune of Bedford, NH
24C”: Hob Nob Knack For Knowing MX MXB MXJ NF (Knack), a Border Collie handled by Soshana Dos of Durham, CT
AKC Preferred National Agility Champions
Placing first in their height divisions (8”, 12”,16”, and 20” respectively) were:
8”: MACH3 Oak Knoll I Have A Dream MXG MJC MXP2 MXPB MJP3 MJPB NF (Dreamer), a Shetland Sheepdog handled by Abigail Beasley of Centerburg, OH
12”: MACH Brighteye Fancy Feet CD MXS MJB (Jive), a Border Collie handled by Amanda Edstrom of Zumbrota, MN
16”: AGCH MACH5 PACH3 Sagehill Spot On MXB2 PDS MJB2 PJS MXPS PDSP MJP7 MJPS PJSP PAX3 MFB TQX MFPB TQXP T2B5 T2BP (Graphite), a Border Collie handled by Paulena Renee Simpson of Berkeley Springs, WV
20”: MACH PACH Mack’s Strider MXB MJB MXPB MJPB PAX CA CGC (Strider), a All- American Dog handled by Hayley Mack of Hesperia, CA
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.
(Regional Winners [top photo] and Preferred Original [above right] photos courtesy American Kennel Club)