National Agility Champions Crowned in Reno, NV

National Agility Champions Crowned in Reno, NV


New York, NY – The top agility canine athletes in the nation were crowned this past weekend from an overall entry of 917 dogs at the American Kennel Club (AKC©) National Agility Championship held in Reno, Nevada.

“These dogs are true athletes, and it’s amazing to see them do what they do best,” said Carrie DeYoung, AKC Director of Agility.  “Their performances were extremely impressive.  We’re proud to acknowledge these dogs and their dedicated handlers.”


AKC National Agility Champions

Placing first in their height division (8″, 12″, 16″, 20″, 24” and 24C” respectively) were:

  • 8” – NAC MACH9 Aerilee’s Like Never Before MXC2 PAD MJB3 XF T2B2 (Wren), a Papillon handled by Betsey Lynch
  • 12” – NAC Quicksilver Cherry On Top MX MXJ OF T2B (Sundae), an All American Dog handled by Angie Benacquisto
  • 16” – Breezyblue’s Get This Party Started MX MXJ NF (P!nk), a Border Collie handled by Jennifer Crank
  • 20” – G Force Cassie MX MXJ OF (Cassie), a Border Collie handled by Robin Terry
  • 24” – MACH Tnt Rebounding Sound MXS MJS XF T2B (Echo), a Border Collie handled by Angie Benacquisto
  • 24C” – Contact Point’s Daredevil MX MXJ (Daredevil), a Border Collie handled by Laura Pryse


AKC Preferred National Agility Champions

Placing first in their height divisions (4”, 8”, 12”, 16” and 20” respectively) were:

  • 4” – AGCH MACH21 PACH Chinak La Ren On A Whim MXB6 PDG MJB6 PJG MXP3 MXPB PADP MJP3 MJPB PJDP PAX FTC2 MFS3 TQX T2B18 (Whimsy), a Papillon handled by Robin Kletke
  • 8” – MACH7 PACH Diamond Dream Snafu CD RAE MXG2 MJC2 MXP2 MXPB MJP2 MJPB T2B9 T2B-P CGCU (Snafu), a Poodle handled by Nancy J. Lewis
  • 12” – MACH6 PACH Swansong’s Pretty Brilliant RN MXG2 MJS2 MXP4 MXPB MJP4 MJPB PAX MXF TQX T2B5 T2BP (Kylie), an Australian Cattle Dog handled by Anne Swan
  • 16” – MACH3 Contact Point’s Everything She Does Is Magic RN HSAs MXC MJG MXP2 MXPB MJP2 XF T2B (Spell), a Border Collie handled by Krystin Chester
  • 20” – MACH2 Flasher Dasher MXG MJG MXP MJP MXF TKP (Flash), a Dutch Shepherd handled by Amanda Wilson


Watch these amazing dogs earn their championship titles.  The AKC National Agility Championship is available on demand at or via the AKC.TV Roku and Apple TV apps.

  • Founded in 1884, the American Kennel Club 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 22,000 competitions for AKC-registered purebred and mixed breed 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 Reunite and the AKC Museum of the Dog. For more information, visit AKC, American Kennel Club, the American Kennel Club seal and design, and all associated marks and logos are trademarks, registered trademarks and service marks of The American Kennel Club, Inc.

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