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Nation’s Most Athletic Dogs to Descend on Tulsa for Championship Extravaganza

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                               

Date:              March 1, 2013

Contact:        AKC Communications

Phone:          212-696-8228                                                                                                                      

Email:            communications@akc.org

                              

NATION’S MOST ATHLETIC DOGS DESCEND ON TULSA FOR CHAMPIONSHIP EXTRAVAGANZA

 

New York, NY – More than 1,600 of the nation’s top obedience, agility and AKC Rally® dogs will jump, heel and retrieve their way into Tulsa, Oklahoma for the first-ever Companion Events Extravaganza, hosted by the American Kennel Club® (AKC®) on March 15-17, 2013. These talented canines will compete in the AKC National Agility Championship, AKC National Obedience Championship and the inaugural AKC Rally® National Competition during the three-day event.

 

“We’re pleased to welcome a record entry of top dogs to Tulsa for the AKC National Agility Championship,” said Carrie DeYoung, Director of Agility. “With the country’s most accomplished agility, obedience and rally competitors together, the Companion Events Extravaganza will showcase the abilities of all our companion dogs and what can be accomplished with training.”

 

“We’re excited to bring the National Obedience Championship and AKC Rally® National Competition to Tulsa for the first-ever Companion Events Extravaganza.,” said Pamela Manaton, Director of Obedience, Rally and Tracking. “The inaugural rally event will show off the sport of AKC Rally®, which is an excellent introduction to AKC Companion Events for new dogs and handlers and can provide a challenging opportunity for competitors in other events to strengthen their skills.”

 

EXTRAVAGANZA EVENTS AT A GLANCE

 

AKC National Agility Championship: 1,385 dogs, representing 104 breeds from 48 states and Canada, will compete for the title of National Agility Champion. Agility is the AKC’s fastest growing sport, and reached over one million entries in 2012. Dog and handlers must negotiate a timed obstacle course, off-leash, striving for a perfect score of 100.

 

The Championship consists of five rounds to be completed over Saturday and Sunday. After round five, the top dog in each jump height – 8”, 12”, 16”, 20”, 24” and 26” for the Regular classes and 4”, 8”, 12”, 16” and 20” for the Preferred classes – will win the title of National Agility Champion and Preferred National Agility Champion of 2013. Learn more about the event here.

 

2013 AKC National Agility Championship by the Numbers:

 

v  1,023 – MACH (Master Agility Champion) or PACH (Preferred Agility Champion) dogs competing, including one MACH23.

v  24–Past National Agility Champions or Preferred National Agility Champions entered.

v  26 – All-American Dogs – dogs enrolled in AKC Canine Partners - will participate, more than twice the previous highest total!

v  – Rings of competition

v  5 - Juniors Handlers, under the age of 18

v  Highest Breed Totals:

  • ·         345 Border Collies
  • ·         203 Shetland Sheepdogs
  • ·         100 Golden Retrievers
  • ·         80 Australian Shepherds
  • ·         63 Poodles
  • ·         57 Papillons

v  Largest Numbers of Competitors By State:

  • ·         California: 153
  • ·         Texas: 150
  • ·         Illinois: 99
  • ·         Colorado: 81
  • ·         Minnesota: 69
  • ·         Ohio: 69
  • ·         Missouri: 63
  • ·         Illinois: 24
  • ·         Wisconsin: 50
  • ·         Washington: 49

v  Dogs Titled in Other Arenas:

  • ·         88 Breed Champions, 8 Grand Champions
  • ·         3 Triple Champions
  • ·         12 Obedience Champions
  • ·         4 Herding Champions
  • ·         2 Champion Trackers

 

AKC National Obedience Championship: 97 dogs, representing 36 breeds from 30 states and Canada will compete for the prestigious National Obedience Champion (NOC) title. The top obedience dogs in the country qualified based on OTCH points and placements at AKC Obedience Regional Events and will show off their skills at scent discrimination, retrieving, heeling, hand signals and more. Learn more about the event here.

2013 AKC National Obedience Championship by the Numbers:

 

v  67 – OTCH (Obedience Trial Champion) dogs competing

v  1–Past National Obedience Champion entered

v  – Rings of competition

v  Highest Breed Totals:

  • ·         33 Golden Retrievers
  • ·         9 Border Collies
  • ·         7 Labrador Retrievers
  • ·         4 Shetland Sheepdogs
  • ·         3 Australian Shepherds

v  Largest Numbers of Competitors By State:

  • ·         California: 10
  • ·         Missouri: 10
  • ·         Texas: 7
  • ·         Michigan: 6
  • ·         Georgia: 5
  • ·         Nebraska: 5
  • ·         Canada: 2

v  Dogs Titled in Other Arenas:

  • ·         14 Breed Champions, 1 Grand Champion
  • ·         15 Agility Champions
  • ·         1 Field Champion
  • ·         2 Herding Champions

 

AKC Rally National Competition: 168 dogs, representing 51 breeds from 36 states and Canada will compete in the inaugural AKC Rally National Competition in four different class levels – Novice (89 dogs), Advanced (25 dogs), Excellent (28 dogs) and Rally Advanced Excellent (26 dogs).

2013 AKC Rally® National Competition by the Numbers:

 

v  – Rings of competition

v  Highest Breed Totals:

  • ·         20 Australian Shepherds
  • ·         16 All-American Dogs
  • ·         15 Border Collies
  • ·         11 Golden Retrievers
  • ·         10 Shetland Sheepdogs
  • ·         8 Poodles
  • ·         8 German Shepherd Dogs

v  3 - Juniors Handlers, ranging in ages from 12 to 17

v  Largest Numbers of Competitors By State:

  • ·         Texas: 22
  • ·         Ohio: 16
  • ·         Oklahoma: 14
  • ·         Missouri: 13
  • ·         Minnesota: 4
  • ·         California: 10

v  Dogs Titled in Other Arenas:

  • ·         1 Triple Champion
  • ·         1 Dual Champion
  • ·         22 Breed Champions, 4 Grand Champions
  • ·         2 Obedience Champions
  • ·         9 Agility Champions, including a MACH6

Rally is a sport in which the dog and handler complete a course of stations, each containing a sign with instructions regarding a skill to be performed. Each team will run two unique rally courses at each level that have been designed by the judge and cumulative scores and times will be used to determine placements in each of the four classes. Learn more about the event here.

 

Free Admission – Open to the Public

WHERE: Expo Square, 4145 East 21st, Tulsa, OK 74114

WHEN: Friday: Agility and AKC Rally® – 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Saturday: Agility and Obedience – 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Sunday: Agility and Obedience – 7:00 am to 6:00 pm

Download a map of the facility.

 

Results and Event Updates

The latest event updates, exhibitor spotlights, photos and videos, behind-the scenes information and results will be posted on Facebook and www.akc.org.

 

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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 Canine Health Foundation, AKC Companion Animal Recovery, the AKC Museum of the Dog and the AKC Humane Fund.  For more information, visit www.akc.org.

 

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