USDAA Agility Top Twenty updated 4/29/14
Akita Performance Rankings  created by:  Deb Fletcher
for events from 1990 thru Dec 31, 2013
Rank Registered Name Picture Owner(s) Points last date competed in Agility
1st Nakai -  PDCH PGM PJCH PRM PKCH PTM   Ryman, Jeanette 2,763.3 11/17/13
2nd Machias - AAD, AJ, AR, AS, ASA, SPJ ü Jones, Janice 2,197.7 5/30/10
3rd Lehigh - AAD, AG, AJ, ASA, SM, SR ü Jones, Janice 1,615.7 12/8/13
4th Sisko - APG, PD, SPJ, SPR, SPK, SPS ü Brasen, Jacqueline 884.5 3/16/08
5th Zadok - AD, SR, SSA ü Burk, Julie 669.9 6/28/08
6th Dolcenea - SPG, SPJ, SPS ü Fletcher, Debra 295.0 5/8/10
7th Riley - AAD, AD   Thomas, Kimberly 200.0 11/6/99
8th Kobe - PD ü Bolton, Carol 175.0 12/1/02
9th Rosie ü Zimmermann, Debbie 90.0 10/30/05
10th Jessie - PD ü McCormick, Dianne 75.0 5/6/01
11th Yankee   Sheets, Lisa 50.0 3/18/95
12th Sweety ü Keith, Nancy 25.0 3/11/01
13th Luke   Pennington, Kellie 25.0 5/29/04
14th Druid   Wege, Anna 0.0 2/18/06
15th Maxine ü Blohm-Mangone, Karen 0.0 2/14/09
16th Nashira   Blohm-Mangone, Karen 0.0 4/12/09
In 1985, Kenneth Tatsch collaborated with his local obedience club and others, and began putting on all-breed exhibitions in Garland, Texas. A year later, he founded the United States Dog Agility Association (USDAA) and incorporated in January 1987 in Texas. To promote the sport, USDAA secured Pedigree Dog Food (formerly Kal Kan Dog Food, a sister company to Chum Dog Food, the guiding sponsor in the UK) as a sponsor, and the first national championship tournament series in North America — the Grand Prix of Dog Agility — was introduced in 1988 at the Astro World Series of Dog Shows in Houston, Texas.
Until 1990, USDAA agility competitions were only for placement ribbons, but at that time the USDAA began offering agility titles, for which the dog had to perform to certain standards in several competitions to earn scores towards the various titles. At first, the only titles offered were the Agility Dog (AD), or starters-level title; the AAD Advanced Agility Dog (AAD), or intermediate-level title, and the Master Agility Dog (MAD), or expert-level title. This increased the appeal for all dog owners; one's dog did not have to be a superstar to succeed at agility, but could simply be good enough and fast enough to meet the requirements to earn title points. USDAA's vision was far broader than a single class, and in 1994, USDAA introduced an expansive titling program to incorporate title recognition in each of four nonstandard classes (those other than the basic form) — gamblers choice, jumping, snooker agility, and relay.
In 1988, almost no one had heard of dog agility in the United States, while meanwhile in England it had become an extremely popular sport, drawing hundreds of spectators. By 1989, however, when the USDAA Grand Prix of Dog Agility was first filmed for TV, nearly 2000 spectators attended the final round. Just a year later, attendance neared 4000. The event's popularity sparked interest around the country, and in 1989, Tatsch expanded the tournament to include local qualifying events, hosted by groups formed by competitors in attendance at the Grand Prix the prior year in Texas. The tournament grew rapidly, jumping from 8 events in 1989 to more than 150 local and regional championship events in 2004, in five countries, leading to a World Championship event. Tatsch also named his first Advisory Board composed of experienced trainers and agility enthusiasts from different parts of the country, who began working on a set of regulations for titling programs that were adopted in May 1990.
Meanwhile, the agility equipment used by the USDAA mirrored its British counterparts, as did the basic rules for the standard agility course. USDAA also introduced Jumpers Classes and other nonstandard classes from Great Britain, such as Gamblers and Snooker, which encourage handlers to design their own courses under strict sets of rules established by the judge on the day of competition, and the Relay, which pairs up two dogs and two handlers to take on a course resembling the standard agility course.
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