Competitions were held December 11-13, 2020 in conjunction with the AKC National Championship Presented by Royal Canin at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL.
If you’re not familiar with rally, think of it as any team sport: You and your dog navigate a course, side-by-side, as you steer him through a course of 10-20 different signs. Each of these signs provides instructions regarding the next skill that is to be performed. The dog and handler move continuously throughout the course with the dog under control at the handler’s left side. There is a clear sense of teamwork between the dog and handler both during and between the numbered signs. Although each performance is timed, having a good race time is not the goal; it’s all about working as a team while performing the skills, with the dog under control.
The 2020 AKC Rally® National Champion is: MACH POWERHOUSE HAPPILY EVER AFTER CDX PCD BN GN RM RAE2 PT MXB MJB XF DJ CGCA, a BORDER COLLIE known as “AURORA,” handled by BRIANNE FARR of DACULA, GA.
Rally Master: OTCH KATWALK’S DON’T BLINK UDX3 OM5 BN RM AX AXJ XF, a BORDER COLLIE known as “BLINK,” handled by ANN MARIE SCRIPKO of PEDRIEKTOWN, NJ.
Rally Excellent: KANOSAKS PRETTY IN PINK CDX BN GN RE OA OAJ BCAT CCA RATM DS CGC TKN, a GOLDEN RETRIEVER known as “ANDIE,” handled by NANCY YOUNGEN of MAPLE PARK, IL.
Rally Advanced: COPPER RIDGE ADVENTURE AWAITS RA NA DN CGC, a BORDER COLLIE known as “BACKPACK,” handled by BAILEY EDMUNDS of DACULA, GA.
Rally Intermediate: CLEVER K9’S SHE’S MY KIND OF RAIN RI OA OAJ OF, a BORDER COLLIE known as “RAIN,” handled by ANN MARIE SCRIPKO of PEDRIEKTOWN, NJ.
Rally Novice: MPACTS MAJESTIC STAR RISWN SCNE SHDN CGC TKN, a BELGIAN MALINOIS known as “GALAXXY,” handled by AMELIA GRENINGER of BUFFALO, MN.
Coming up next: the agility winners!
Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!