AKC Crowns Winners of AKC Agility Premier Cup
“It was thrilling to watch some of the nation’s top dogs compete at the inaugural AKC Agility Cup Presented by EEM,” said Doug Ljungren, executive vice president of sports and events at AKC. “These dogs were invited based on criteria that recognizes excellence in AKC’s Agility program, and it was a pleasure to honor these incredible performances as the winners were crowned.”
This marked the first time AKC Agility was held at an Equestrian event. The top 60 canine agility competitors and their handlers from around the country were invited to compete at the Invitational.
A total of 12 dogs were entered at each jump height, competing for $10,000 in cash prizes. The first-place winners in each jump height received $1,500 and will have their names engraved on the AKC Agility Premier Cup trophy, which will be displayed in the AKC New York Headquarters. Second-place winners in each jump height received $500 each.
The 8 in. first place winner was Wren, a Papillon handed by Betsey Lynch of Delaware, Ohio; and the 8 in. second place winner was Logan, an all-American dog handled by Kim Barton of Johnstown, Ohio.
The 12 in. first place winner was Pixel, a miniature American shepard handled by Ami Sheffield of Omaha, Neb., and the 12 in. second place winner was Bliss, a poodle handled by Cassie Schmidt of Lees Summit, Mo.
The 16 in. first place winner was P!nk, a border collie handled by Jennifer Crank of Pickerington, Ohio, and the 16 in. second place winner was Skoal, an Australian cattle dog handled by Martine Kopka of Rosenberg, Texas.
The 20 in. first place winner was Graphite, a border collie handled by Paulena Simpson of Berkeley Springs, W. Va., and the 20 in. second place winner was Holster, an Australian shepherd handled by Wendy Cerilli of Greenwich, N.Y.
The 24 in. first place winner was Harley, an all-American dog handled by Erin Stumler of Floyds Knobs, Ind., and the 24 in. second place winner was Luna, a Belgian malinois handled by Shane Miller of Moline, Ill.