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AKC In The Zone
The Newsletter of Agility Events - October 2013
AKC In The Zone
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Hello Agility Exhibitors!
We hope you had a great summer and had a chance to do some fun activities with your dogs.

This is one of our busiest times of the year; agility is in full swing and we are getting ready for the Agility Invitational in Orlando, FL in December. The number of trials around the country continues to increase, giving you even more opportunities to show your dogs.
Remember that you can search for agility trials here ». Check back to the events page often as many new trials are being added to the schedule.

Wishing you lots of clean runs and always remember; have fun with your dogs!
AKC Agility 2013 Invitational
We Need You! Volunteers needed for the Agility Invitational December 13-15 in Orlando, FL
Volunteers make this event possible and we couldn't do it without you. Come be a part of something very special.

Not only do the volunteers get to watch the top agility dogs in each breed compete for top honors, they get free admission to the event (which also includes access to the Obedience Invitational, breed competition, meet-the-breed booths, dock dog diving, over 100 vendors, and more), free parking, lunch, snacks, a t-shirt, and more. Alsso, the Junior Agility Competition will be held on Friday morning and there will be a T2B titling class on Friday afternoon. More information here »

New this year - Exhibitors who want to volunteer but prefer not to course build can now sign up to help work at the information table, awards table, merchandise table (souvenirs), or in the volunteer/hospitality area. Just indicate your preference on the volunteer form!

Volunteers are also needed to help set up on Thursday. This is also an option you can check on the form.

Signing up to volunteer is quick and easy. Just fill out the Volunteer Form on the web site and hit the "submit" button at the bottom of the form. Here is a link to the form »

Don't delay though; the deadline for submitting forms is Friday, October 18th. We appreciate your help!
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© Cindy Noland
Never Too Old for Agility! Agility really is a sport for all ages.
We all see the many junior handlers competing in agility on any given weekend. Junior handlers have been on AKC world teams, competed at the Nationals, and even have their own annual Juniors Agility Competition, held in conjunction with the AKC Agility Invitational.
So how about people that are at the other end of the age spectrum? Can they successfully compete in this wonderful sport? The answer is a resounding yes! We have many "senior handlers" competing in agility, have won Nationals, been on the World Team and most are quite proud of their age.

In order to recognize this wonderful group of exhibitors we need your help. If you are an agility exhibitor and are at least 68 years old, we would like to post a picture of you and your agility dog in a future issue of In The Zone.

Please email all pictures to bxb@akc.org
IMPORTANT: Please include your name, your age, your dog's name, breed, and the class level at which you are currently competing. Also, please let us know in just a sentence or two why you like competing in agility and/or how this benefits you and your dog. We are so looking forward to hearing from you!

Please pass this information on to all senior handlers that you know; we do not want to leave out anyone who wishes to participate! Thanks for the help.
Dog leaping through tire
The Break-Away Tire – not an open and shut case
Effective September 4, 2013, clubs holding AKC agility trials must use a break-away tire in place of the standard tire jump.

However, because we want to look at all options for the break-away tire and come to the best decision possible for the exhibitors, there will be an additional six month review period of the new tire (September 4, 2013 – March 3, 2014).
During this review period the tire may either stay open after a dog has caused the tire to break apart, or the tire may automatically close and reset. Complete details here »
Agility Dog
Congratulations New Judges!
Being an agility judge has often been described as demanding, tiring, fun, and exciting, all at the same time.

Congratulations to the 11 people who successfully passed the three-day New Judges Seminar and joined the ranks of AKC Agility Judges.

Christine Bishop, Roscoe, IL
Brian Brane, Pittsboro, NC
John Defilippi, Stephens City, VA
Lauren Duckworth, Leeds, AL
Theresa (Terri) Everline, Flowery Branch, GA
Laura Gillice, Centennial, CO
Pamela G Johnson, Ridley, MD
Laura D Kuterbach, DuBois, PA
Tracy Mazur, Draper, UT
Wendy Pennington, Long Beach, CA
Rebecca Schnulle, College Park, GA

Thinking about possibly becoming an agility judge? Requirements and information on the approval process here »
National Championship Winners
2014 National Championship – Harrisburg, PA
How fun and exciting to run your dog at the Nationals! Just to be a part of an event of this magnitude is an amazing experience. If you know any exhibitors who were in Tulsa last spring, especially if it was their first time at Nationals, just ask them what it was like.
Will you be there this time? There is still time to qualify! The qualification period is December 1, 2012 through and including November 30, 2013. So mark off the last weekend in March on your calendar and get busy. More information here »
Canine Hero
Other interesting news at the AKC – helping all dog owners
Five Canine Heroes Honored With AKC® Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence (ACE).
AKC donates $5,000 to dog related charities, $1,000 for each of the five winners. Read more here »
Until next time, have fun with your dog and always remember to stay In The Zone!
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