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AKC Hosts 2014 Companion Events Extravaganza in Harrisburg, Pa., with Rally National Championship

New York, NY – The second annual AKC Companion Events Extravaganza will run from March 27-30, 2014, at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg, PA. The 2014 Extravaganza will include the AKC National Agility Championship, the AKC National Obedience Championship and the first-ever AKC Rally® National Championship.

Due to the 2013 Rally National Competition’s enthusiastic reception from exhibitors and spectators alike, the event will be upgraded and designated a National Championship. The winning dog from the highest-level Rally Advanced Excellent class will be the “2014 AKC Rally® National Champion” and will be the first dog to proudly place the “RNC” prefix before its name. Rally exhibitors will still have the opportunity to compete for top honors in the Novice, Advanced and Excellent classes at the Extravaganza.

“The inaugural Companion Events Extravaganza held in Tulsa, OK, last month was such a great success that it was a natural progression to now have three National Championships celebrating companion dog sports,” said Doug Ljungren, Vice President of Companion and Performance Events. “Enthusiastic spectators cheered on their favorite dog or breed during the fast-paced action of Agility, the flawless execution of Obedience and the fun of Rally.”

The 2014 Extravaganza will feature Agility on Thursday, Agility and Rally on Friday, and Agility and Obedience on Saturday and Sunday.

Stay tuned to the AKC website for the 2014 Judging Panels and other updates on the 2014 AKC National Agility Championship, AKC National Obedience Championship and AKC Rally National Championship.

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The American Kennel Club, founded in 1884, is a not-for-profit organization which maintains the largest registry of purebred dogs in the world and oversees the sport of purebred dogs in the United States. The AKC is dedicated to upholding the integrity of its registry, promoting the sport of purebred dogs and breeding for type and function. Along with its more than 5,000 licensed and member clubs and its affiliated organizations, the AKC advocates for the purebred dog as a family companion, advances canine health and well-being, works to protect the rights of all dog owners and promotes responsible dog ownership. More than 20,000 competitions for AKC-registered purebred dogs are held under AKC rules and regulations each year including conformation, agility, obedience, rally, tracking, herding, lure coursing, coonhound events, hunt tests, field and earthdog tests. Affiliate AKC organizations include the AKC Humane Fund, AKC Canine Health Foundation, AKC Companion Animal Recovery and the AKC Museum of the Dog. For more information, visit www.akc.org.

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