Top Dogs Crowned at AKC Fast Cat Invitational

AKC Fast CAT Invitational Pure Speed Division HC 1: Jammin’ Afternoon Tea At Chartwell CD BN RN JC FCAT3 CGC TKN ATT, a Whippet known as “Winston,” owned by Ellen Bonacarti and Susan Farebrother of New Jersey. L - R: AKC Executive Vice President of Sports & Events Doug Ljungren, Susan Farebrother, Field Representative Joe Shoemaker

 

Orlando, FL – The 2022 AKC Fast CAT Invitational took place December 13-17, 2022 in Orlando, FL in conjunction with the AKC National Championship presented by Royal Canin. The top 5 of the fastest dogs from each breed, based on rankings from AKC Fast Coursing Ability Tests (Fast CAT), were invited to participate in the third annual AKC Fast CAT Invitational.

All dogs ran twice during three days of preliminary runs and competed in two divisions, Pure Speed and Speed of the Breed. The top 10 fastest dogs according to height class in the Pure Speed division, were recognized based on how fast they ran.

The top 10 dogs that ran the fastest over the average speed for their breed, were recognized in the Speed of the Breed division.

The number one dog in each division was declared the 2022 Pure Speed Champion and the 2022 Speed of the Breed Champion.

 

The 2022 AKC Fast CAT Invitational Winners:

More than 380 of the best Fast CAT dogs from around the country and made up of 177 individual breeds including mixed breeds, came together to compete for a chance to be named Pure Speed Champion and/or Speed of the Breed Champion.

 

Pure Speed Division

 

HC 1:

Jammin’ Afternoon Tea At Chartwell CD BN RN JC FCAT3 CGC TKN ATT, a Whippet known as “Winston,” owned by Ellen Bonacarti and Susan Farebrother of New Jersey.

AKC Fast CAT InvitationalPure Speed Division HC 1: Jammin’ Afternoon Tea At Chartwell CD BN RN JC FCAT3 CGC TKN ATT, a Whippet known as “Winston,” owned by Ellen Bonacarti and Susan Farebrother of New Jersey. L - R: AKC Executive Vice President of Sports & Events Doug Ljungren, Susan Farebrother, Field Representative Joe Shoemaker
AKC Fast CAT Invitational Pure Speed Division HC 1: Jammin’ Afternoon Tea At Chartwell CD BN RN JC FCAT3 CGC TKN ATT, a Whippet known as “Winston,” owned by Ellen Bonacarti and Susan Farebrother of New Jersey. L – R: AKC Executive Vice President of Sports & Events Doug Ljungren, Susan Farebrother, Field Representative Joe Shoemaker

 

HC 1.5:

This Girl Is On Fire OA OAJ CA FCAT, an All American Dog known as “Firefly,” owned by Karen Skoyec of Florida.

AKC Fast CAT Invitational Pure Speed Division Winner HC 1.5: This Girl Is On Fire OA OAJ CA FCAT, an All American Dog known as “Firefly,” owned by Karen Skoyec of Florida.L - R: AKC Executive Vice President of Sports & Events Doug Ljungren, Karen Skoyec, Field Representative Joe Shoemaker
AKC Fast CAT Invitational Pure Speed Division Winner HC 1.5: This Girl Is On Fire OA OAJ CA FCAT, an All American Dog known as “Firefly,” owned by Karen Skoyec of Florida. L – R: AKC Executive Vice President of Sports & Events Doug Ljungren, Karen Skoyec, Field Representative Joe Shoemaker

 

HC 2:

Agilqwest Northernranger Of Champoeg FCAT SWE, a Swedish Vallhund known as “Strider,” owned by Joan Bennett of Illinois.

AKC Fast CAT Invitational Pure Speed Division winner HC 2: Agilqwest Northernranger Of Champoeg FCAT SWE, a Swedish Vallhund known as “Strider,” owned by Joan Bennett of Illinois.L-R: AKC Executive Vice President of Sports & Events Doug Ljungren, Joan Bennett, Field Representative Joe Shoemaker
AKC Fast CAT Invitational Pure Speed Division winner HC 2: Agilqwest Northernranger Of Champoeg FCAT SWE, a Swedish Vallhund known as “Strider,” owned by Joan Bennett of Illinois. L-R: AKC Executive Vice President of Sports & Events Doug Ljungren, Joan Bennett, Field Representative Joe Shoemaker

 

Speed of the Breeds Division:

Dancing To A Different BeetBox MX MXJ XF T2B FCAT TKI, a Chihuahua known as “Beetle,” owned by Carrie Griffen-Yakush of New York.

AKC Fast CAT Invitational Speed of the Breeds Division: Dancing To A Different BeetBox MX MXJ XF T2B FCAT TKI, a Chihuahua known as “Beetle,” owned by Carrie Griffen-Yakush of New York.L-R: AKC Executive Vice President of Sports & Events Doug Ljungren, Carrie Griffen-Yakush, Field Representative Joe Shoemaker
AKC Fast CAT Invitational Speed of the Breeds Division: Dancing To A Different BeetBox MX MXJ XF T2B FCAT TKI, a Chihuahua known as “Beetle,” owned by Carrie Griffen-Yakush of New York. L-R: AKC Executive Vice President of Sports & Events Doug Ljungren, Carrie Griffen-Yakush, Field Representative Joe Shoemaker

 


Photographs courtesy of the American Kennel Club.

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