Premier Class Update

We are getting a lot of questions about Premier Demos.  If your clubs would like to offer a Premier Demo they will need to agree to use the Premier scribe sheets we will provide and collect data for us via an excel spreadsheet we will provide.  No rep is required at the trial.  We do not have a definite start date for this new class.  We hope to announce the date by mid-June.

Only dogs at the Exc/Master level may enter the demo.  Dogs may be entered more than once if the club wants to allow it.  Please use the Non-Regular Class request for the Premier demo http://images.akc.org/pdf/events/agility/AEAGL4.pdf

Let us know who will be designing the course or if you would like us to provide one on the application.

Exc/Master Provisional Judges may judge this class.  Also, an exhibitor who is entered in the regular classes may judge this since it is not a title class at this time. The judge of record may also judge and it will not count against their 330 limit.  Please see the Agility Regs Chapter 1, Sections 18 & 31.

AKC’s New Web Site – Where to find Online Entries & Entry Management

AKC has launched a new web site this morning.

Please be aware if your exhibitors use Online Entries, the location has changed for finding the link. The link no longer exists on the Agility Home page.

To locate ENTER AGILITY EVENT(S) —

  • Go to: http://akc.org/
  • At the top right, click on SIGN IN
  • A Login pop-up will appear.
  • Although it asks for an Email and Password, just type in your MyAKC Account ID (which is possibly not an email) and password
  • Click the LOG IN button below password.
  • The top of the screen will change from SIGN IN to MY AKC. This is your only indication that you are now logged in.
  • Hover over the MY AKC and a drop-down with options will appear.
  • Under My Event Tools is where ENTER AGILITY EVENT(S) is located.

To locate ENTRY MANAGEMENT –

  • Go to: http://akc.org/
  • At the top right, click on SIGN IN
  • A Login pop-up will appear.
  • Although it asks for an Email and Password, just type in your MyAKC Account ID (which is possibly not an email) and password
  • Click the LOG IN button below password.
  • The top of the screen will change from SIGN IN to MY AKC. This is your only indication that you are now logged in.
  • Hover over the MY AKC and a drop-down with options will appear.
  • Under My Event Tools, click on MY EVENTS.
  • A new web page will open. ENTRY MANAGEMENT is on the left side under My Event Tools.

Contact Kim Mitchell at onlineentry@akc.org if you need further assistance.

2016 Corresponding Date Calendar

The published corresponding date calendar is correct for 2016. 2016 is a ‘shift year’ since January 2 is on a Saturday and the first dog event weekend is the first weekend to occur in which Saturday’s date is neither January 1 nor January 2.

Special Event and Non-Regular events defined by the club

We are excited to announce two new opportunities for clubs to be more creative with their agility trials.  Both the Special Event Agility Trial and the addition of Non-Regular Classes that can be defined by the club we hope will give clubs a chance to make their trials a true event for exhibitors.

If the club already has a trial application in we will allow the opportunity to amend the application.  If the Premium List is already published there may not be an addition/change at this point.  These new trials and classes may be run after January 1, 2015.  If there are any questions on either of these two new opportunities please contact Carrie DeYoung at cxd2@akc.org

Insert for regulation changes can be found at:  http://images.akc.org/pdf/rulebooks/REAGIL.pdf

Forms can be found under Regulations And Forms at: http://www.akc.org/dog_shows_trials/agility/links.cfm

All judges must agree to the elimination of judge’s assignment due to low entries

As entry patterns have changed in some areas of the country, clubs are looking to drop a judge when entries are below the number needed for the number of judges contracted.

Per Chapter 1, Section 18, Paragraph 6 of the Regulations for Agility Trials:

“Clubs are allowed to remove judge(s) from the judging panel if entries are low and both the club and the judge(s) agree to this action in writing.”  This means ALL judges for the trial must agree to the change, not just the judge being dropped.

Often when a judge is dropped that leaves the judge(s) left on the assignment with minimal time to create additional courses for the weekend.  Due to the remaining judge(s) own personal schedules this may not be something the judge(s) is prepared to do.   This judge also has the right to decline the change in assignment if they do not feel the change in the terms of their judging assignment works for them.   Clubs may offer to purchase courses from the judge that has agreed to be dropped.  All terms of a judging assignment should be spelled out in the contract with the judge(s).  These terms should include how the club and judge will handle a reduction in the number of judges for the trial.

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.

http://www.akc.org/events/agility/news_updates.cfm

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.

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