Since September of 2000, our fifteen member Agility Committee has primarily addressed itself to BCCA Awards: the creation of the Diehard Trophy for overall excellence in both Standard and Jumpers with Weaves at the Excellent level, presented by the Beardie Agility Diehards; the creation of the Jumpers with Weaves Trophy for overall excellence in Jumpers with Weaves from the Novice through the Excellent levels, presented by Beth White in honor of Mirage; the consistency of all of the BCCA Agility Awards, which involved amending the requirements for the Standard Certificates to bring them into line with the other awards.
The Agility Committee fosters the sport of dog agility through publication in the Bulletin and the Bagpipes. All AKC Titles and BCCA Awards are published in the BCCA Bulletin. The Beardie Agility Diehards (BAD) pay for all agility pages above the yearly allotted four and pay for the publication of USDAA, NADAC, and UKC titles as well. These extra pages are considered "ads." This year in the Bagpipes the focus was on outstanding Agility Teams, especially those who have helped with BCCA workshops or who have earned Championship titles or more than one Masters level title. Next year we hope to feature Beardie Clubs around the country and what they are doing for the sport of Agility.
The BCCA website's Agility Section contains two agility articles by previous Chairs, Beth Canner and Penny Leigh, and a link to the Beardie Agility Diehard website (www.beardieagilitydiehards.org).
The BAD website includes two sections devoted to BCCA Agility, listing the current BCCA Agility Committee, the complete list of all BCCA Agility Award winners since 1996, the Register of Merit for Agility, and all of the BCCA National Specialty results with pictures, starting with the first trial in 1996. Regional Beardie Club Specialty Agility Trials are featured as well. The website includes all 193 Beardies who have earned legs and titles in the four United States dog agility organizations. Dues paying members have pages with pictures and their complete agility statistics. All others are listed together by geographical regions. Currently there are 232 Agility Beardies on the BAD Website, including 209 at home and 23 abroad.
The Beardie Agility Line brings the Agility Community from around the USA and all over the world into contact with one another to discuss techniques, to help those new to the sport, and to share agility successes and questions. Joanne Williamson publishes the AKC legs and titles to this line on a monthly basis and the standings periodically. Libby Myers-Buhite publishes the USDAA, NADAC, and UKC titles on a quarterly basis. The year-end BCCA Awards are confirmed and published to the line before being printed in the Bulletin.
4-Agility Legs and Titles earned in United States Organizations:
AKC-American Kennel Club: 179 Beardies have earned AKC legs. We now have 1 Champion, 19 Beardies with Masters titles (with 12 of these having earned both the Standard and JWW Masters titles), 45 Beardies with Excellent titles, and more than 86 with Open titles.
USDAA-United States Dog Agility Association: 44 Beardies have earned USDAA legs. We now have 2 Champions, 1 Accomplished Performance Dog, and 7 Beardies with Masters titles.
NADAC-North American Dog Agility Council: 70 Beardies have earned NADAC legs. We now have 1 Champion, 2 Outstanding Elite Beardies, and 11 with Elite level titles.
UKC-United Kennel Club: 15 Beardies have earned UKC legs, including 3 Champion Excellent Beardies.
The BCCA Agility Committee would like to recognize and congratulate the winners of the three top BCCA Agility Trophies:
Joanne Williamson and Sean- Ch MACH Balgrae's Sean Mackay, CD, HS, VX
winner of both the Diehard and the Jumpers with Weaves trophies for 1999 and for 2000.
Karen Barratt and Jet- O'Duinnin HMT Sonic Boom, MX, MXJ
winner of the Denia Award for Standard Agility for 2000.
The BCCA Agility Committee would also like to recognize and congratulate our new Agility Champions who are Beardie ambassadors in the all-breed world of dog agility. 2000 and 2001 saw many firsts:
- AKC-The Master Agility Champion title, the MACH, has been earned for the first time by Joanne Williamson's Sean,
- Ch MACH Balgrae's Sean Mackay, CD, HS, VX--16 June 2001.
- USDAA-The Agility Dog Champion title, the ADCH, has been earned for the first time by Leslie Dawson-North's Chase,
- Can Ch/ADCH Bedlam's Catch Me If You Can, MX, MXJ, CDX--2 June 2000.
- USDAA-The Accomplished Performance Dog title, the APD, has been earned for the first time by Jerry Bergen's Breezy,
- Ch/NATCH Baliwyn's Precious Friend, MX, MXJ, APD, CD, TD, VX--16 June 2001.
- NADAC-The Agility Championship title, the NATCH, has been earned for the first time by Jerry Bergen's Breezy,
- Ch/NATCH Baliwyn's Precious Friend, MX, MXJ, APD, CD, TD, VX--17 Sept 2000.
- UKC-The Agility Champion Excellent title, the U-ACHX, has been earned by Doug Klein's Maggie,
- U-ACHX Chivalrous Lassie in Regalia, AX, MXJ--18 March 2001.
- Maggie joins Charles Gibson's Mikie and Ann Krafcheck's Tasha, earlier achievers of this title.
The Agility Committee thanks Billy Carter for presenting the new Agility Trophies to the BCCA Board, Joanne Williamson for doing the AKC statistics, Beth Canner for chairing this year's National Specialty Agility Trial and for the Ryan Awards, Glenn Hamilton and Emily Venator for the Denia Award, the Florida Club for the Sunshine Award, Amber Carpenter for making the Standard Certificates, Karen Barratt and Gretchen Blackburn for designing the Diehard plaque and Beth White for designing the JWW plaque in time for this year's National Specialty. We look forward to seeing both new Trophies unveiled in 2002. Special thanks to all who have donated to the Diehard Trophy fund. We also thank Gail Miller for her invaluable procedural advice to the committee and both Lillian Esposito and Susan McKean for their careful attention to the Agility Articles in the Bulletin and the Bagpipes. It has been a pleasure working with all of you!
Respectfully submitted by Libby Myers-Buhite and Karen Barratt on behalf of the BCCA Agility Committee
Joanne Williamson of Cranford NJ, AKC Records
Beth Canner of Seminole FL, First Chair and AKC Judge
Jerry Bergen of White River Jct VT
Jack Buhite of Santa Clara CA
Liz Cox of Mocksville NC
Leslie Dawson-North of Wabigoon, Ontario
Eileen Dinneen of Colleyville TX
Charles Gibson of New Caledonia MI
Sarah Halsey of Fallbrook CA
Antoinette Krafcheck of South Bend IN
Sharon Prassa of Sacramento CA
Christiana Taylor of Auburn WA
Betty Winfield of Nine Mile Falls WA
Last updated 8 June 2004
BCCA Annual Agility Report - September 2000
BCCA Annual Agility Report - September 2001
BCCA Annual Agility Report - September 2002
BCCA Annual Agility Report - September 2003
BCCA Annual Agility Report - September 2004
BCCA Agility Awards - 2003
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BCCA Agility Awards - 1999
BCCA Agility Awards - 1998
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BCCA Agility Awards - 1996
Highs in Trial from 1996 to the Present
BCCA National Specialty Agility Trial 2003
BCCA National Specialty Agility Trial 2002
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