AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB LAUNCHES ‘AKC AGILITY LEAGUE’

Teams from across the country will compete locally to rank nationally

NEW YORK, May 31, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The American Kennel Club® (AKC) is thrilled to announce the inaugural season of the AKC Agility League®. The new pilot program allows teams from across the country to race locally and compete nationally.

The League program has 19 groups, sponsoring 40 teams with 245 dogs and representing nine regions of the country. They will compete at their local training facility hosting classes designed by AKC Agility field reps. All teams will run the same six courses and will be ranked based on both team performance and individual performance. Courses will be designed at regular and preferred jump heights (teams can mix and match) and will be released bi-weekly on Mondays. The 12-week season starts today, May 30e and the rankings will be published every two weeks.

“We are thrilled to launch this fun and recreational program,” said Gina DiNardo, Executive Secretary of the AKC. “This league gives exhibitors, clubs and schools the opportunity to train and compete on their home turf while sharing the experience with agility enthusiasts from across the country. Be sure to follow the teams in your area and encourage them!”

The pilot program has a limited number of teams and will expand to more teams in fall 2022.

Below are the agility groups that will participate in the inaugural season:

Alaska

Tanana Valley Kennel Club

New England

American Country K9 (NH)


Talcott Mountain (CT) Agility Club

Mid Atlantic

Pinelands Dog Training Center (NJ)


Syracuse (NY) Obedience Training Club

South East

Durham Kennel Club (NC)


West Rover Agility Club (AL)

Center-North

Training four-legged dogs (IL)


Agility Friends of Des Moines (IA)


A smart dog (Ohio)

central south

Tyler Obedience Training Club (TX)


At Kate’s (OK)

rocky mountain

Versa Dog Sports (UT)


Lookout Agility (CO)

western

Dog sports Half Moon Bay (California)


Dog Agility Antelope Valley (CA)


Agility Club of San Diego (California)


White Sands (NM) Agility Club

Hawaii

Hawaiian Association of Agility Managers


Team and individual winners will be announced at the end of the season in August.

To learn more about Agility League, please visit www.akc.org and follow it AKC Agility League The Facebook page.

About the American Kennel Club

Founded in 1884, the American Kennel Club is a nonprofit organization that maintains the world’s largest purebred dog registry and oversees the sport of purebred dogs in United States. The AKC is dedicated to maintaining the integrity of its registry, promoting the sport of purebred dogs, and breeding for type and function. With its more than 5,000 chartered and member clubs and affiliated organizations, the AKC champions the purebred dog as a family companion, advances canine health and welfare, strives to protect the rights of all dog owners and promotes responsible dog ownership. More than 22,000 competitions for AKC-registered purebred and mixed breed dogs are held each year under AKC rules and regulations, including conformation, agility, obedience, rallying, tracking , herding, lure racing, coonhound events, hunt tests, field and land dog tests. Organizations affiliated with the AKC include the AKC Humane Fund, AKC Canine Health Foundation, AKC Reunite, and AKC Museum of the Dog. AKC clubs comprise America’s largest lifesaving network. For more information, visit www.akc.org.

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