Annual Agility Report - BCCA Agility Committee – 15 September 2012

Committee Co-Chairs:

Committee Members:

Board Liaison: Joanne Williamson

Goals for 2012-2013:

We will vote on a scoring method for the “Fastest Beardie,” the AKC FAST class, and the new Time 2 Beat. We will also look at the new Masters Bronze, Silver, Gold and Century titles and decide whether they have a place within the BCCA Agility Awards and Register of Merit programs. We will then write proposals and send them 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:

Joanne Williamson has done all of the statistics for the BCCA Awards and AKC annual reports since 1997. Discussion of new Awards has been on hold this year until the BCCA Board allows for the establishment of new annual awards, such as for the “Fastest Beardie,” the AKC FAST class, and the new Time 2 Beat.

B. Trials:

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

Affiliate Clubs: Sharon Prassa chaired the NCBCF’s 12th 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 fifteen years the Diehards have sponsored articles (194 pages) in all 60 issues of the Bulletin and contributed $16,365 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 643 Agility Beardies on the BAD Website, including 591 at home and 52 abroad. Of these, 545 have earned legs and titles in the five United States and two Canadian dog agility organizations and 477 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 275 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: None needed this year.

Statistical Information

Between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012, 164 Beardies earned agility legs: 153 Beardies in AKC agility (2,373 legs), 21 in USDAA (187 legs), 41 in CPE (912 legs), and 17 in NADAC (260 legs). Beardies earned more than 3,732 legs in these four venues combined.

American Kennel Club- January 1-December 31, 2011 AKC Report from Joanne Williamson:

157 Beardies earned a total of 2,283 legs in the Regular, Preferred and FAST classes with 973 placements in all breed and Specialty competition. Compared to 2010, these numbers represent a 6% decrease in total Beardies earning legs (157 vs 165), a 3% decrease in the total number of legs (2,283 vs 2,345) and a 10% decrease in the number of placements (973 vs 1,102). 98 of the 157 teams accounted for 221 total titles (73 Novice, 64 Open, 41 Excellent, 26 Masters, 16 Championships, and 1 TQX). This represents a 10% decrease from 2010 in the number of teams earning titles (98 vs 108) but only a 4% decrease in the total number of titles (221 vs 229). Five teams competed at the 6th AKC Agility Invitational in Orlando, FL in December, 2011. Karen Barratt and Miller (Colquhoun’s No Time To Relax) were the High Scoring Beadie team, made the finals, and emerged the winner of the 20” class. Karen and Miller completed 3 MACHs in 2011. Ten teams qualified for the AKC National Championships to be held in Reno, NV in April, 2012; two teams qualified for the Preferred Nationals competition. Jeff Ipser and Zoom (Wigglesworth Super Sonic) earned the first Beardie MACH13 and tied with Karen and Miller for the most QQs (41). Carl Widell and Polo (Caledonia’s O Polo Mio) earned the most TQs during the year (5). Competition in the new AKC game, Time2Beat, was initiated July 1. Although 19 Beardies have earned legs in this new class, none were able to accumulate the necessary 100 points/15 legs in 2011 required to earn the title.

American Kennel Club- AKC:

520 Beardies have earned legs since 1994. 27 are new since last year. There are 92 AKC Championships earned by 40 Beardies: 40 AKC Champions (MACH), of whom 3 also earned the PACH, 17 MACH2s, 9 MACH3s, 5 MACH4s, 4 MACH5s, 3 MACH6s, 2 MACH7s, MACH8s, MACH9s, MACH10s, and MACH11s, 1 MACH12, MACH13, and MACH14.

United States Dog Agility Association- USDAA:

135 Beardies have earned legs since 1992. 5 are new since last year. There are 9 USDAA Championships earned by 8 Beardies: 1 triple champion (ADCH-Bronze), 6 champions (ADCH), and 2 Performance Champions (PDCH).

North American Dog Agility Council- NADAC:

172 Beardies have earned legs since 1996. 5 are new since last year. There are 12 NADAC Championships, earned by 5 Beardies: 1 Versatility Champion (Vers-NATCH), one triple champion (NATCH3), two double champions (NATCH2), and 5 champions (NATCH).

Canine Performance Events- CPE:

71 Beardies have earned legs since 2003. 11 are new since last year. There are 28 CPE Championships, earned by 9 Beardies: There is 1 Quadruple Champion Extraordinaire (C-ATE4) and 9 champions (C-ATCH), including 1 CT-ATCH, 3 C-ATCH2s, 2 C-ATCH3s, 2 C-ATCH4s, 2 C-ATCH5s, 2 C-ATCH6s, and 1 C-ATCH7, C-ATCH8, C-ATCH9, and C-ATCH10.


The BCCA Agility Committee congratulates twenty-two Beardies who have earned twenty-seven Agility Championships since last year. To date, FORTY-THREE handlers and FIFTY-EIGHT Beardies have earned ONE HUNDRED FORTY-FOUR Agility Championships in six venues. Beardies have competed in agility since 1992.

American Kennel Club:

United States Dog Agility Association

North American Dog Agility Council:

Canine Performance Events

Thank you:

The Agility Committee thanks Joanne Williamson for the AKC and BCCA statistics, Cindy Alspaugh for making the annual 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 Sharon Prassa and Libby Myers-Buhite for co-chairing this year’s 17th National Specialty Agility Trial and Fun Relay and Libby Myers-Buhite and Wendy Marciante for organizing the 15th annual Agility Dinner. We thank Joanne Williamson and Ruth Bryden for their work on the 2011 Agility Trial, Agility Relay and Agility Dinner. We thank David Williamson for his agility columns this year. We also thank Lillian Esposito and Wendy Marciante 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 2013


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

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Highs in Trial from 1996 to the Present

BCCA National Specialty Agility Trial 2013-St Louis, MO-Judge Christie Bowers

BCCA National Specialty Agility Trial 2012-City of Industry, CA-Judge Tammy Domico

BCCA National Specialty Agility Trial 2011-Scarborough, ME-Judge Kathleen Rupprecht

BCCA National Specialty Agility Trial 2010-Loveland, CO-Judge Deborah Funk

BCCA National Specialty Agility Trial 2009-Bloomington, MN-Judge Tom Slattery

BCCA National Specialty Agility Trial 2008-Petaluma, CA-Judge Ann McQuillan

BCCA National Specialty Agility Trial 2007-Frederick, MD-Judge Rhonda Crane

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

BCCA National Specialty Agility Trial 2005-Omaha, NE-Judge Greg Beck

BCCA National Specialty Agility Trial 2004-Fort Collins, CO-Judge Joni Weed

BCCA National Specialty Agility Trial 2003-Asheville, NC-Judge Edith Allyn

BCCA National Specialty Agility Trial 2002-Monterey, CA-Judge Kera Holm

BCCA National Specialty Agility Trial 2001-Westminster MD-Judge Kathy McCoubrey

BCCA National Specialty Agility Trial 2000-Oconomowoc, WI-Judge Jean Munger

BCCA National Specialty Agility Trial 1999-Olympia, WA-Judge Gillian Crawford

BCCA National Specialty Agility Trial 1998-Bedford, MA-Judge Donna Gomer

BCCA National Specialty Agility Trial 1997-Rohnert Park, CA-Judge Tammy Fields (Wiebe) Domico

BCCA National Specialty Agility Trial 1996-Orlando, FL-Judge Beth Canner


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