2013 Agility Advisory Committee – recommendations part 2 *corrected link*

A second list of Agility Advisory recommendations have been posted for the agility fancy to review and comment upon.


There is a link to the Explanations and a link to where recommendations may be ranked and commented.

The deadline for submitting rankings and comments is Wednesday, August 20th.

New Executive Field Representative – Terri Campbell

On August 4, 2014 the AKC Agility Department will welcome Terri Campbell from Huntsville, AL as their newest Executive Field Representative.

Terri has loved animals all her life. When her father retired from the military, and settled in Huntsville Alabama, her sister gave her a Golden Retriever. This was her first introduction to obedience classes and training a dog.

After graduating high school in 1974, she pursued a career in horses, primarily hunters; boarding, training, and teaching. Her students competed successfully throughout the southeast.

Later in life Terri made a career change, and went to college pursuing a degree in business and computer science. For many years she worked in an Information Technology Department as a Business Systems Analyst and Project Leader. With an 8 to 5 job she needed an outlet. She started taking Obedience classes, and joined a local Obedience Club in Huntsville, Alabama. She began competing in Obedience with a German Shepherd, English Springer Spaniel and Lhasa Apso. In 1996, she introduced the sport of Agility to her local Obedience Club.

Terri became an AKC Agility judge in 2002. She was invited to judge the 2011 AKC Agility Invitational and the 2014 AKC National Agility Championship.

Terri and her husband Chuck share their home in Huntsville, Alabama with their nine year old Golden Retriever, an English Springer Spaniel, Logan (a 2011 Agility National Qualifier) and their newest English Springer Spaniel, Harper.

Terri has been active in her local Obedience Club, (HOTC) Huntsville Obedience Training Club for over 20 years. Terri has held various key positions at HOTC, and also teaches Obedience and Agility classes. Terri and Chuck are also members of the Golden Retriever Club of America, and the English Springer Field Trial Association.

Terri is very excited to be joining the AKC Agility Department. Traveling, and meeting people around the country has been the best part of judging for her, and she is looking forward to continuing that.

Clarifications for Two Single Breed Specialty Trials Held on the Same Day

Chapter 1, Section 2 of the Regulations for Agility Trials states:
An AKC recognized single breed specialty club may offer two single breed specialties in one day on the same show site for their breed. The combined total entry for the two trials may not exceed the judging limits set for AKC Agility Judges in Chapter 1, Section 18 if the club is using two judges and two rings. If only one judge is used, the two trials are limited to a maximum of 250 runs between the two trials. Clubs may run the trials concurrently for efficiency. If trials are being run concurrently it must be noted in the premium list. Each trial must maintain separate trial records and be run on original courses.

Move-ups between the two single breed specialty trials being held on the same day is permissible. Clubs should state in their confirmation letter what time frame is required for submitting day of show move-ups. Whether or not to allow day of show move-ups shall be at the discretion of the club.

It is also permissible for the club to run both trial 1 and trial 2 of a class/division back-to-back during the day. For example, a club may schedule Excellent/Master Standard for Trial 1, then Excellent/Master Standard for Trial 2, followed by Open Standard for Trial 1, then Open Standard for Trial 2, followed by Novice Standard for Trial 1, then Novice Standard for Trial 2, followed by the JWW classes using the same back-to-back order, etc.

New Executive Field Representative – Arlene Spooner

The AKC Agility Department welcomes Arlene Spooner as their newest Executive Field Representative.

On May 27, 2014 the AKC Agility Department will welcome Arlene Spooner as their newest Executive Field Representative. Arlene Spooner lives in Oradell, NJ with her husband, their new son, a Manchester Terrier, and a Sheltie. She was introduced to agility training with the help of a Beagle she fostered. After graduating from Williams College, she got her start competing in agility with a rescued Afghan Hound and a rescued Cocker Spaniel. Despite the extra challenges these dogs provided, she was immediately hooked. She has since competed across all regular jump heights and with a very wide variety of breeds, including earning
MACHs on Standard Poodles, Cocker Spaniels, her Manchester Terrier (who has also earned his FTC and recently retired with MACH17), her Shetland Sheepdog (MACH3), a Border Collie, and a Parson Russell Terrier.

Arlene has also competed in conformation, obedience and rally, but nothing compares to the rush of agility. She is a competitor and an instructor, and later she expanded her commitment to agility to include judging. It was the right decision and she has enjoyed judging including
judging at the AKC Nationals in 2013. She has been an active member of Skyline Agility Club of Northern New Jersey and has also served as a trial secretary for agility trials. Arlene is very excited to be joining the AKC Agility Department.

New entry form with ISC-all jump heights

At the top, click on FORMS to access both PDF and Word DOC versions of the updated Entry Form which includes changes for allowing all jump heights to enter ISC plus the Agreement on page 2 has been re-worked.

Remember you can re-work any part of the header of the form (the section above IMPORTANT) but please leave the remainder of the form as-is.

AKC 2014 New Judge’s seminar – new provisional judges

CONGRATULATIONS to this year’s graduates from the New Judge’s seminar:

AKC 2014 New Judge’s Seminar (Broken Arrow, OK)New Provisional Judges
Student Name City State Email
Brest, Arthur Grants Pass OR art.brest@gmail.com
Chamberlain, Jan Lemon Grove CA fanceeshow@aol.com
Chapman, Gill Morriston FL gill.chapman@gmail.com
Cobb, Peggy Mount Vernon WA peggyandthecorgis@gmail.com
Curtiss, Carol Nuevo CA sheltielover@ca.rr.com
Fontaine, Greg Clemmons NC gregfontaine@hotmail.com
Glaser-Falk, Dawn Princeton MN etmachstar@me.com
Horacek, Jamie Highlands Ranch CO horacekj@comcast.net
Kogen, Jeff Agua Dulce CA jeffko@socal.rr.com
LaGrave, Danielle West Jordan UT agilek9s@icloud.com
Leitner, Susan Vancouver WA leitner_susan@yahoo.com
Nelson, Patsi Palo Alto CA patricia_nelson2008@yahoo.com
Osiol, Russ Chandler AZ russozo@cox.net
Schmidt, Kristine Shirley NY daisylanecavaliers@yahoo.com
Sonnek, Donna Rae Easton MN dshawkwood@gmail.com
Syrkin, Oksana Carlisle PA kazanoksana@yahoo.com
Teare, Geoff Grand Junction CO geoff@k9powersports.com
Williams, Sharon Springfield MO ladybearfan@juno.com

Chapter 1, Section 21 – Change of Entry correction

Please see the italicized section below.  It is not required that the exhibitor have a letter from the AKC to request the move to the lower class.   This correction will show in the new regulation book that is at the printers & has been changed on the list of changes posted to the AKC website.

Chapter 1
Allows Dogs to Be Moved to Lower Class if AKC Notifies Owner of Dog’s Ineligibility After Close of Entries
Section 21. Change of Entry.
In addition to Move-ups as described in Chapter 1, Section 20 entries may be also be changed as noted in this section.
A dog which has been entered in a Novice “A” class for which it is not eligible to be entered in due to class restrictions on the dog or handler may be moved to the Novice “B” class under the following conditions:

The request for the move must be in writing and presented to the superintendent or trial secretary at least 30 minutes prior to the start of each trial.

The request must state the reason and justification for the move from a Novice “A” class to the Novice “B” class.
      After the close of entries a dog may be moved down in their class level (ie, Master to Excellent). The request for the move to the class for which the dog is eligible must be in writing and submitted to the superintendent or trial secretary at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the trial.

Agility Advisory Changes Approved – Effective Jan 1, 2014

The first round of Agility Advisory committee recommendations have been approved by AKC’s Board of Directors and slated to be implemented January 1, 2014.

The complete list of approved changes may be found posted here:

Regulations for Agility Trial Changes 01-01-14

Any questions regarding these changes should be sent to agility@akc.org

Agility Advisory Changes Approved – Effective Jan 1, 2014

Online Entry Enhancements – Sept 2013

AKC’s Online Entry System Gets a Facelift

AKC’s Online Entry System for agility trials has received some modifications that make the application a little more intuitive and easier to use. (Fewer wrinkles)
For Exhibitors
  • New user interface gives an updated look & feel while offering more intuitive navigation through the entry process.
  • The new multi-level sort helps you find agility events faster and easier.
  • Updated messages throughout the application provide immediate feedback and help guide you to the best solution if a problem exists.
  • Updated entry form allows you to notify the Trial Secretary if your dog needs to be measured
For Trial Secretaries
  • Privileges to manage events/entries now granted immediately upon processing of the event application
  • New link to Online Entry management eliminates the need to go through the Online Plans application to adjust your Online Entry limits
  • New Entry Management tool allows you to turn off the Online Entry System so no additional entries will be accepted – even if there’s a cancellation.
  • Automatic notification if your any of your Online Entry System events have accepted entries or cancellations (emails sent once per day for events with activity).
  • Trial Secretary’s contact information is now included on exhibitors’ Entry Confirmations.
  • New report available listing any dogs whose owner checked “Needs to be measured” on the Online Entry Form.


Break-Away Tire – revised specs; additional 6-months evaluation

The AKC Agility Department is reviewing the breakaway tire regulation that requires that the tire stay open once it has been broken apart. After discussion with AKC Field Staff and the Agility Advisory Committee, effective September 3nd the tire will not be required to stay open once it has been broken open during this additional 6 month review period ending on March 3, 2014. All other aspects of the breakaway tire design and the judging of the breakaway tire will remain the same.

Effective September 4, 2013, clubs holding AKC agility trials must use a break-away tire in place of the standard tire jump.  There will be a six month period (September 4, 2013- March 3, 2014) during which time the tire may stay apart upon being broken open or the tire may be allowed to automatically reset. The tire will be judged if it is broken open as an “F” which will result in a non-qualifying score “NQ”.

Judges and clubs please review the revised information on how to properly test the break point of the tire listed which is listed below.

Change to the Regulations are as follows for the next 6 months:

Chapter 3, Section 12.  Tire Jump. 

The Tire Jump consists of a tire (or a circular object that resembles a tire) suspended from a rectangular frame.  The tire is constructed of two 180 degree segments that are connected at the top to allow for independent movement of each segment.  The connection must be adjustable to allow for calibration/testing at the trial site by the Judge of record for the class.  The setting for the connection is 16-20 pounds of horizontal force with 18 pounds preferred.  The setting will be confirmed by using a calibrated scale (in foot pounds) attached to a tire side mounting point.  With one side secured to the frame, the opposite side is pulled using the scale until the segments pull apart.  When the tire is broken open it must stay open and not automatically reset. The inner diameter of the tire is 24 inches plus or minus an inch, and the wall is 3 to 8 inches thick.  The tire must be connected to the frame at 3 points.  There must be at least 7 inches between the outside of the tire and the sides of the frame, and the frame must be tall enough to accommodate the tire at the seven different jump heights, as specified for the Bar Jump.  The uprights of the frame shall be secured to the base and the base must be weighted or secured properly to the running surface.  The jump height is measured from the ground to the bottom of the tire opening.  The tire shall not be displaceable off the frame.  The tire shall have a minimum depth of 2 inches and must be made of flexible material, such as rubber or plastic to allow some give if hit by the dog.


Tire Calibration:

In order to properly calibrate the tire, one side of the tire has to be firmly secured to the frame. Replace the bungee or elastic strap with a non-elastic strap (a dog leash would do in a hurry). After one side of the tire has been secured, use the provided fish scale to gently pull the segments apart.

Once you are satisfied that the tire meets the required 16-20 lbs. requirement, secure the tire to the frame with the provided strap or elastic band. Leave them loose enough as to not apply any additional pressure on the tire.

Judging Position:

Judges will still be required to be in the proper position to see that the tire has been broken apart. You must physically see the tire come apart and not rely on any sound to justify a fault. Pleased refer to the JG diagram 3.3.3 (page 89) for the proper judging position of the tire.


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