2nd Annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster
The Westminster Kennel Club is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Masters Agility Championship presented by Purina Pro Plan. This thrilling event will be held on Saturday February 14, 2015. Preliminary rounds will take place from 8 AM – 4 PM and finals will begin at 7 PM. The event will be staged at Pier 94 located at 711 12th Ave. (55th St. and the West Side Hwy.) in New York City.
Agility is a sport that appeals to all dog lovers - from young people to senior citizens. It has great spectator appeal and is designed to demonstrate a dog's willingness to work with its handler in a variety of situations. It is an athletic event that requires conditioning, concentration, training, and teamwork - as dogs and handlers negotiate an obstacle course racing against the clock.
This year's event will feature some of the most highly skilled dogs competing in the agility world today. Our trial will be open to dogs that are eligible to compete at the Master level only. Dogs must have MX, MJX, MXP, or MJP titles. Due to exhibitor enthusiasm and spectator interest, we have also increased the number of entries to 330 with a total of 660 runs. The Championship Round will consist of 10 dogs from each of the five height classes. The event will be televised live on Fox Sports 1 at 7PM ET.
The judges for our trial are Mr. Graham Partridge and Mr. Alan Arthur.
Mr. Graham Partridge is a retired Police officer who lives in Cornwall in the far South West of England, where together with his wife, runs an Agility training school and breeds "Gunran" Border Collies. He has been competing in Agility since 1987 and judging the sport since 1991. Graham currently has 8 dogs, including 7 Border Collies and a working Cocker spaniel. He still enjoys competing as many weekends a year as he can.
Mr. Partridge is actively involved with The Kennel Club and sits on a number of their Agility related committees. He sits on the organizing committee for the Kennel Clubs International Agility Festival and also provides the T.V. and Internet coverage commentary for the Agility and Flyball events at Crufts each year.
Graham has vast experience in the judging arena. He has helped to plan and develop the Agility Judges training program in Britain and assists with the training of British Agility Judges. Until recently, he was the manager of the Great Britain International Agility Team that competes at the FCI World Championships and the European Open. He has also judged in many other parts of Europe and in the U.S.A. including the AKC Agility Invitational. In 2013 he had the honor of judging the Crufts Agility Championship.
Mr. Alan Arthur of Leander, Texas has been involved in the sport of dogs for nearly 40 years.
Alan has exhibited and bred Scottish Deerhounds since 1976. He is a former President and AKC Delegate for the Scottish Deerhound Club of America. As an owner-handler, he was in the top 10 in his breed in conformation for 15 consecutive years with numerous Group wins and one All-Breed Best in Show.
Alan discovered agility as a way to improve the confidence of a Whippet that was spooked on the examination table at a conformation show. He found that he loved agility competition as much as he loved conformation. After many happy and rewarding years as an agility exhibitor, he decided to apply for approval to judge AKC Agility. Alan has found that judging AKC Agility is fun, rewarding, and challenging. He has enjoyed every minute of his time as a judge.
Alan was honored to judge the AKC Eukanuba Agility Invitational in 2012 and the AKC National Agility Championship in 2014. He is pleased and excited to judge at The Westminster Kennel Club's 2nd Annual Masters Agility Championship, which he considers a new "Major" in the agility world.
We hope that you will join us this year at Pier 94 and experience all that the Masters Agility Championship has to offer. Whether you choose to compete or watch as a spectator, you are sure to have a wonderful time.
Click here for 2015 Agility Exhibitor Information
Click here for 2014 results