Libby Myers-Buhite and David Williamson, Agility Co-Chairs

Annual Agility Report - BCCA Agility Committee – 21 September 2011

Committee Co-Chairs:

Libby Myers-Buhite of Santa Clara CA, Agility Co-Chair
David Williamson of Pearland, TX, Agility Co-Chair

Agility Committee Members:

Karen Barratt of Galveston TX, former Co-Chair
Patti Bott of Lakeside CA
Jack Buhite of Santa Clara CA
Carol Carlsen of Oxford MI
Ann Chandoha of Marble Falls TX
Sarah Halsey of Fallbrook CA
Jeff Ipser of Auburn OH, AKC Agility Judge
Linda Porter of Hagerstown, MD
Sharon Prassa of Sacramento CA
Michele Ritter of Saylorsburg PA
Joanne Williamson of Boxboro MA, former Co-Chair

BCCA Liaison: David Williamson

Goals for 2011-2012:

We will vote on a scoring method for the “Fastest Beardie” and the AKC FAST class and its place within the BCCA Agility Awards and Register of Merit programs.  These proposals will be presented to the BCCA Board this coming year.  A FAST trophy has been offered by Sarah Halsey for the top FAST Beardie. 

Activities and Major Accomplishments:

A:  BCCA Awards:
We have voted on the scoring systems for the existing BCCA Awards: the Diehard Trophy, the Denia Award, the High in Jumpers with Weaves Award, the Preferred Veteran Award, and the Sunshine Award, as well as the Certificates and Plaques for Standard and Jumpers with Weaves.  In concert with the Awards Chair, we proposed these changes to the BCCA Board and they were approved.

B.  Trials:
The Bearded Collie Club of America holds an annual National Specialty agility trial.
Jeff Ipser chairs annual BCCA all breed agility trials as BCCA fund-raisers.
Joanne Williamson chairs annual BCCA all breed agility trials as BCCA fund-raisers.

The Northern California Bearded Collie Fanciers chaired by Libby Myers-Buhite, held its 11th annual Regional Specialty agility trial.

The National Capitol Bearded Collie Club, the Northwest Bearded Collie Club of Puget Sound, and the Northern California Bearded Collie Fanciers hold between two and four all-breed agility trials annually.

C.  Publication: 
The Agility Committee fosters the sport of dog agility through publication in the Bagpipes and the Beardie Bulletin. Milestones, explanations of new classes and rule changes, agility events, and tributes are published in the Bagpipes, as well as the annual report.  All AKC Titles and BCCA Awards are published in the Bulletin, as well National Events and articles on the sport.  The Beardie Agility Diehards (BAD) pay for all agility pages above the yearly allotment and for the publication of USDAA, NADAC, CPE, and UKC titles as well.  Over the last fourteen years the Diehards have sponsored 181 pages in the Bulletin and contributed $15,455 toward publication. 

D.  Internet: 
The BCCA website's Agility Section contains agility articles and a link to the Beardie Agility Diehard website (  The BAD website, started on New Year's Day 1998, has a large section devoted to BCCA Agility, listing the current BCCA Agility Committee, the complete list of BCCA Agility Award winners since 1996, the Register of Merit for Agility, the National Specialty results starting with the first trial in 1996, and the annual agility reports.  Regional Clubs' Agility Trials are featured as well.  Currently there are 618 Agility Beardies on the BAD Website, including 566 at home and 52 abroad.  Of these, 499 have earned legs and titles in the five United States dog agility organizations and 452 are BAD.  The Beardie Agility Line, started in January of 2000, brings together the Agility Community from the USA and around the world to help those new to the sport, to discuss techniques, and to share agility successes and questions.  Currently we have 271 members.  Joanne Williamson publishes the BCCA’s year-end AKC Awards to the line so that they can be confirmed before being printed in the Bulletin.  Libby Myers-Buhite publishes the USDAA, NADAC, CPE and UKC titles and standings.

E.  AKC Correspondence:
Nothing of note this year.

Statistical Information

Between July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011, 171 Beardies competed in agility.  162 did AKC agility, 28 did USDAA, 30 did CPE, and 12 did NADAC.  Beardies earned more than 3,550 legs in these four venues combined.

American Kennel Club- 2010 AKC Report from Joanne Williamson:
165 Beardies earned a total of 2,345 legs in the Regular, Preferred and FAST classes with 1,102 placements in all breed and Specialty competition.  Compared to 2009, these numbers represent a 7% increase in total Beardies earning legs (165 vs 154), a 16% increase in the total number of legs (2,345 vs 2,007) and a 10% increase in the number of placements (1,102 vs 997).  108 of these teams accounted for 229 total titles (86 Novice, 64 Open, 36 Excellent, 30 Masters, and 10 Championships).  This represents a 4% decrease from 2009 in the number of teams earning titles (108 vs 113) but a 3% increase in the total number of titles (229 vs 222).  The number of Novice and Championship titles earned in 2010 was lower than in 2009 but increases of 8-16% were seen in all other categories.   The level of participation in the Regular classes was up 5% (134 vs 127) and in the Preferred classes, 14% (31 vs 27).   Five teams competed at the 5th AKC Agility Invitational in Long Beach, CA in December, 2010.  A record number of Beardies (11) qualified for the AKC National Championships held in Lexington, VA in April, 2011; two teams qualified for the Preferred Nationals competition.  Jeff Ipser and Zoom (Wigglesworth Super Sonic) earned the first Beardie MACH11 and MACH12 titles and had the most QQs (69).  Linda Porter and Mika (Foxlane’s Mika At Tweeddale) also earned two MACHs during 2010 (MACH2 & 3) and tied with Zoom and Jeff for the most TQs (9).

United States Dog Agility Association- USDAA:
131 Beardies have earned legs since 1992.  Six are new since last year.  There is 1 triple champion (ADCH-Bronze), 4 champions (ADCH), and one Accomplished Performance Dog.

North American Dog Agility Council- NADAC:
166 Beardies have earned legs since 1996.  Two are new since last year. There is 1 Versatility Champion (Vers-NATCH), one triple champion (NATCH3), and 5 champions (NATCH).

Canine Performance Events- CPE:
59 Beardies have earned legs since 2003.  Nine are new since last year.  There is 1 Triple Champion Extraordinaire (C-ATE3) and 7 champions (C-ATCH), including a C-ATCH9, a C-ATCH6, and a C-ATCH2.


The BCCA Agility Committee congratulates thirteen Beardies who have earned sixteen Agility Championships since last year.  We now have forty-eight Agility Champion Beardies who have earned one hundred nineteen Championships in six venues.

American Kennel Club:
MACH13 Zoom (CH Wigglesworth Super Sonic) -- Jeff Ipser -- 14 May 2011
MACH4 Miller (CH Colquhoun's No Time To Relax) -- Karen Barratt -- 28 May 2011
MACH3 Mika (Fox Lane's Mika At Tweeddale) -- Linda Porter -- 31 December 2010
MACH3 Patch (Raintree Ha'Penny Hades) -- Claire Cifarelli -- 2 January 2011
MACH3 Miller (CH Colquhoun's No Time To Relax) -- Karen Barratt -- 14 January 2011
MACH2 Kira (Shanaspree Rose of Kilravock) -- Bobbie Raguse -- 28 November 2010
MACH2 Dru (CH Colquhoun's First Draw) -- Ann Chandoha -- 26 February 2011
MACH2 Hops (CH Wynsum Captivating Rhythm) -- Jan Leverenz -- 21 May 2011
MACH Colby (O'Duinnin Blacker N Coal) -- Andrea Hobe -- 13 March 2011
MACH Brew (CH Colquhoun's Hurricane Brewin') -- Beth Scorzelli -- 20 March 2011
MACH McKay (Lakewood's Shining Star) -- Cheri Omnus -- 2 July 2011

North American Dog Agility Council:
NATCH Rembrandt (Colard Fly With Me) -- Miranda Mulders -- 6 March 2011

Canine Performance Events
C-ATCH9 Hops (CH Wynsum Captivating Rhythm) -- Jan Leverenz -- 14 May 2011
C-ATCH8 Hops (CH Wynsum Captivating Rhythm) -- Jan Leverenz – 29 October 2010
C-ATCH Glayva (Aceilidh's Nua Bliam Coilean) -- Ruth and Neil Bryden -- 19 June 2011
C-ATCH Roger (Risa Spindrift Over And Out) -- Pat Coreris -- 24 July

Thank you: 

The Agility Committee thanks Joanne Williamson for doing the AKC and BCCA statistics since 1997, David Williamson and Carol Freeman for their work with the BCCA Board to revise the BCCA Agility Awards, Cindy Alspaugh for helping with the Agility Award proposal and for making the Award Certificates again this year, the Beardie Agility Diehards for the Diehard Trophy, Emily Venator and Glenn Hamilton for the Denia Award, Beth White for the JWW Trophy in Honor of Mirage, Carl and Kay Widell for the Veteran Preferred Trophy, Beth Canner for her past support of the Sunshine and the Ryan Awards, Beth Canner and Gail Romine for the Relay Banner designed by Gretchen Blackburn, Karen Barratt for the Specialty MACH ribbons, and Karen Norteman for designing the BAD website.  We thank Joanne Williamson for chairing this year’s National Specialty Agility Trial and Fun Relay and for organizing the Agility Dinner and Ruth Bryden for organizing the workers.  We thank Helen O’Connor, BJ Walker, and Jill Floberg for their work on the 2010 Agility Trial, Agility Relay and Agility Dinner.  We also thank Lillian Esposito and David Williamson for doing such a fine job with agility publication in the Bulletin and Bagpipes.  It has been a pleasure working with all of you!

Last updated 31 October 2011

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For those of you who are history buffs, you can find accounts of our fourteen trials along with scores and pictures at:

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BCCA National Specialty Agility Trial 2006-Judges Gill Crawford and Kera Holm

BCCA National Specialty Agility Trial 2005-Judge Greg Beck

BCCA National Specialty Agility Trial 2004-Judge Joni Weed

BCCA National Specialty Agility Trial 2003-Judge Edith Allyn

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BCCA National Specialty Agility Trial 2001-Judge Kathy McCoubrey

BCCA National Specialty Agility Trial 2000-Judge Jean Munger

BCCA National Specialty Agility Trial 1999-Judge Gillian Crawford

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BCCA National Specialty Agility Trial 1996-Judge Beth Canner


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High in JWW Trophy in Honor of Mirage

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Sunshine Award - based on Denia Points

Standard Certificates - based on Front and Finish Points

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