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October 27, 2012 Subscribe

2012 FCI Agility World Championship, plus Can The Non-Professional Win?

Twelve teams represented the U.S. at the 2012 FCI Agility World Championship in Liberec, Czech Republic, earlier this month, and the experience proved both challenging and fun. Editor Susan Chaney interviews the AKC director of agility and the team’s coach and discovers some of the differences between American- and European-style agility. Meet the dogs and handlers from this year’s team, and find out how well they performed amongst international competition.

AKC conformation shows have made 2012 an exciting year for purebred dog devotees like Billy Wheeler. Our Blogger-in-Chief has been following the judging week after week, and he’s observed the dedication of the sport’s most competitive exhibitors up-close. Meet some of the dogs that comprise the current Top 100, find out which ones are owner-handled or shown by professionals, and meet a few that are professionally handled by their owners.

Be sure to check out our photo galleries, where you’ll find recent winners and candid photos from shows held near and far. Just click on Show Scene below the masthead banner, or select any of the images in the left-hand column of our home page.

Dan Sayers
Editor in Chief

Can the Non-Professional Win?
By Billy Wheeler

One of the complaints I frequently hear from exhibitors is that the amateur owner-handler doesn’t have a chance in the ring against the professionals. I used to feel the same way. However, during my first couple of years in the sport I got some advice from the legendary handler, now judge, Robert Forsyth. After I whined about my 25-show losing streak, he told me, “Billy, bring a mediocre dog into the ring and I will beat you every time. Bring a really good dog and you will win your fair share.” more


U.S. Team Faces Big Challenge at FCI Agility Championship
By Susan Chaney

The 12 teams chosen to represent the United States at the 2012 FCI Agility World Championship returned from Liberec, Czech Republic, earlier this month with a gold medal in Large Dog Team Jumping, a bronze in Small Dog Team Jumping, a seventh in Large Dog Individual and a fifth in Combined Large Dog. more

 

 

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