From Crufts (the British equivalent of Westminster) and the I can’t make this stuff up file:
From The Dog Lady’s mailbag:
The American Kennel Club (AKC®) is excited to announce the return of the wildly popular AKC Agility Premier Cup. The second annual event is set to take place on April 30, 2020 in Minneapolis, MN and will be judged by Dan Butcher of Portland, OR. Continue reading SECOND ANNUAL AKC AGILITY PREMIER CUP
Just as a reminder, here are the dogs who won each class and are eligible to be the Masters Agility Championship:
8-inch class: Fortune
12-inch class: Pixel
16-inch class: Pink
20-inch class: Lilliann
24-inch class: Punk
And the winner is: Pink, the Border Collie!
Check back tomorrow for the best in breed winners throughout the day in the Terrier, Non-Sporting, Toy, and Junior Showmanship groups.
Times from the 24-inch class
Irish Setter Ava – 36.42 clean
Beauceron Maya – 44.02 + 15
Irish Red & White Setter Cushla – 54.47 + 5
Dalmatian Mason – 43.41 + 20
Labrador Retriever Banshee – 51.54 + 5
Siberian Husky Lobo – 76.32 + 60 – Lobo had a lot of fun, stopping to sniff the roses along the way. He thought he might take some time out to see if there was a treat on the champions bench. This is why I love the 24-inch class.
Poodle Shambhu – 44.16 + 5
**Golden Retriever Punk – 36.05 clean
Belgian Tervuren Kira – 41.37 + 20
Border Collie Kaboom – 33.25 + 10
Punk takes top honors in this class.
2nd – Kaboom
3rd – Ava
4th – Shambhu
Next up: the Champion!
Times for the 12-inch class:
Chinese Crested Decker – 52.9 + 10
English Springer Spaniel Tinkerbell – 52.87 + 25
Boston Terrier Darby – 42.33 + 5
Shetland Trek – 46.3 clean
Danish Swedish Farmdog Bullet – 39.1 clean
Poodle Pre – 34 + 5
All American Dog Jeter – 48.06 + 5
Manchester Terrier Prix – 50.8 + 15
Cocker Spaniel Pink – 42.64 + 25
**Miniature American Shepherd Pixel – 36.4 clean
And Pixel takes the 12-inch class!
2nd – Pre
3rd – Bullet
4th – Trek
Coming up next: the 24-inch class. This one is fun to watch because some of the dogs just lumber through the course because they’re so big.
Times for the 16-inch class
Miniature American Shepherd Loyal (Preferred class) – 46.99 clean
Rat Terrier Ferris B (Preferred class) – 42.44 clean
All American Dog Cameo (Preferred class) – 45.90 clean
Cocker Spaniel Joey – 44.26 clean
English Springer Spaniel Fern – 41.93 + 5
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Liberty – 36.88 + 10
Australian Shepherd Lira – 36.85 clean
Shetland Sheepdog Streak – 35.29 clean (I swear they were running the tape in fast forward through the weave poles!)
Shetland Sheepdog Boss – 35.22 + 5
Border Collie Pink (Defending class champion last two years) – 29.35 clean
And Pink takes the win!
2nd – Streak
3rd – Lira
4th – Boss
Coming up next: the 12-inch class
Times from the 8-inch class
All American Dog (Preferred Class) Logan – 40.23 clean
**Papillon (Preferred Class) Fortune – 36.73 clean
Poodle Carly Rae – 61.64 + 20
Scottish Terrier Pickles – 46.78 + 5
Mini Australian Shepherd Cassion – 42.58 + 30
Pembroke Welsh Corgi Gwendolline – 43.3 clean
Havanese Bexar – 50.52 + 10
Bichon Frise Razzberry – 52.46 + 5
Papillon Pink – 37.55 clean
Papillon Wren – (2016 champion) – 38.83 + 5
8-inch class winner: Fortune, the Papillon
Coming UP: the 16-inch class
Here are the times for the 20-inch class:
All American Dog– Preferred class (16 inch jumps)Moses 39.90 clean
Rottweiler Twix 38.25 + 10
Dalmatian Atty – did not finish
Siberian Husky Nanuk – 41.29 + 10
Golden Retriever Carly – 38.44 clean
Australian Sheperd Lilliann – 35.04 clean
Labrador Retriever Tag – 39.04 + 10
Border Collie Graphene – 36.99 + 5
Border Collie Cru – 35.24 + 10
Border Collie Verb (Defending Champion) – 35.14 + 5
The winner, Lilliann, will now progress to the overall championship where her time will be compared against the winners of the other classes.
Carly – 2nd place
Moses – 3r place
Verb – 4th place
Come back soon for results from the next class.
Before we start, a few notes for the uninitiated. An agility course is a series of obstacles laid out by the judges in a new course for each competition.
The handler must lead the dog through the obstacles in the correct order, meeting certain standards along the way. For example, when a dog goes over a jump, he or she must not knock down any of the poles and when the dog goes on the teetor-totter or over the A-frame, he or she must touch at least one foot in the yellow painted zones at each end of the obstacle. When a dog doesn’t meet one of the standards, a 10-second penalty is assessed. Going in the wrong order through the obstacles causes a 5-second time fault. A dog who doesn’t have any faults is said to have run “clean”.
Dogs run in classes defined by their heights so that the tallest dogs must make the highest jumps. An exception is granted for age, with senior dogs getting to jump one class lower than their height would otherwise dictate. This is a called a preferred class.
Come back for the 20-inch class results.
Did you realize the big Westminster show started today? Relax, you haven’t missed any of the main conformation show, but you did miss one of the fun events: masters agility. Prelims were today from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, and the finals start at 7:00 pm. If you’re in NYC, you still have time to get to Pier 94 for the finals. Continue reading Saturday Survey: Westminster 2020