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204 History of Agility
Prepared by Kim McNeill
Agility is one of the newest dog sports and it has been growing exponentially during its short history. Agility started as a way to entertain the audience at the Crufts dog show between the conformation and obedience competitions. What was presented to the audience was a mix of jumps (much like jumping competitions from the horse world) and obstacles based on training exercise for RAF/police dogs. Here is a brief history of the sport of agility just so you can see how quickly this little exhibition has grown into a full-fledged sport.
1978 — Exhibition at Crufts
1979 — Several clubs in England were offering classes
1980 — Agility recognized by The Kennel Club (England) as an official sport with guidelines and rules
Early 1980’s — Agility exhibitions in the US
1984 — Charles (Bud) Kramer began to develop the National Committee for Dog Agility (NCDA) which later merged with UKC (in 1994)
1987 — USDAA (US Dog Agility Assoc) was incorporated under the guidance of Kenneth Tatsh
Early 1990’s — Australian Shepherd Club of America developed an agility program
1993 — Sharon Nelson founded North American Dog Agility Council (NADAC)
1993 — First Basenji agility title was won at UKC events by UCD Quietus Bonga, CDX, F.Ch., AG. Photo right ››››››
1994 — First AKC agility trial held
1995 — Alabiss Too Good To Be True, CD was the first to win a USDAA agility title
1995 — Sukari's Akuaba the Hustler, UDX, SC, F.Ch. obtained the first AKC agility title, an NA (Novice Agility). She was quickly followed by Alabiss Too Good To Be True, CD obtaining her NA in the same year.
2012 — The first Basenji Master Agility Champion is Feigh, MACH/ FC Eldorado's Y's African Sinbaje CDX, RE, SC, FCH, GRC, NAC, WV-O, TN-N, HP-N who completed the requirements on March 2. The first Basenji Preferred Agility Champion is Drew, PACH/ CH/ FC Sinbaje's Picture Perfect CDX, RE, SC, FCH, OA, OAJ, MXP6, MJP6, PAX, NCC, NJC, OAC, TG-N, WV-O, HP-N, TN-O who completed the requirements on March 4.
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