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Agility was introduced to the Fairbanks area in 2001 by Pat and Sheila Carter. In July 2002, TVKC held an Agility Sanction Match making our club eligible to host our first agility trial in 2003. We held our trials in July at the University of Alaska until 2005. Our agility classes were held in the Kiwanis Building at the Fairgrounds through the Fall 2005 and then our classes moved to the new barn at Camp Li-Wa.

We reorganized the agility program, in 2005, making manuals and creating four levels – Fundamentals, Novice, Intermediate and Advanced. We still offer eight week classes in the Fall and Spring at Camp Li- Wa. We also offer outdoor training at two locations, during the summer months. We review our program after spring classes—making changes that have been approved and then the Head Instructor is responsible for updating the manuals.

We added three day trials in 2009 in April and September. In 2011 AKC allowed clubs more trials and we went to three – three-day trials a year. In 2013 AKC approved twelve trials a year and we added a three-day trial in October. Normally an agility ring is 100’x100. Since Camp Li-Wa is only 58.5’ wide, TVKC has to request approval from AKC to host trials at Camp Li-Wa. In Sept 2016, TVKC will host their 100th trial.

TVKC offers jumpers w/weaves which consists of jumps/weaves and a standard ring, which includes contact equipment, weaves, tunnel, chute and weaves - and alternate between FAST, Time 2 Beat and Premier for our 3rd pattern. You have to qualify three times to earn your novice, open and excellent title. After excellent you move into the master level where you then start working on a MACH or PACH title. Your dog must achieve a minimum of 750 speed points (1 point is awarded for each full second under standard course time) and 20 double qualifying scores (dogs qualifying with scores of 100 in both the master agility standard class and the master jumpers with weaves class on the same day). PACH titles are earned by dogs jumping in preferred classes and PAX titles are earned while at excellent level.

The following members have accomplished these titles:

  • MACH/PACH – Chesapeake Bay Retriever (Mocha) – Shonda Oderkirk
  • MACH – Border Collie (Patch) – Shonda Oderkirk
  • MACH – Standard Poodle (Tilly) – Anne Burns
  • MACH -- Cavalier King Charles (Izzy) – Michaela Krohn
  • MACH – Golden Retriever (Breeze) – Cheryl Laudert
  • MACH – Golden Retriever (Porter) – Cheryl Laudert
  • MACH2/PACH – Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Dog (Yana) – Irene Meyer
  • MACH2 – Pembroke Welsh Corgi (Penny) – Erika Flag
  • MACH – Pembroke Welsh Corgi (Bruno) –– Erick Flag
  • PAX - Belgian Tervuren (Lily) owned by Kimberlee Beckmen

Agility Invitational hosted by AKC sending invitations to the top five dogs from each breed:

Local dogs who have qualified

  • #1 Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever(2014)—Yana owned by Irene Meyer
  • #1 Chesapeake Bay Retriever (2010 thru 2015)—Mocha owned by Shonda Oderkirk
  • Otterhound—Spring and Tucker (2011)
  • Otterhound—Spring (2014) owned by Ron Abernathy
  • #1 Karelian Bear dog—Miley (2014/2015) – owned by Nicki Stewart
  • #1 Smooth Fox Terrier (2014/2015)—Brooke owned by Chris Terzi
  • #6 Smooth Fox Terrier (2007)—Norvin owned by Chris Terzi
  • Wirehaired Pointing Griffon—Zeke owned by Polly Divens

All dogs fifteen (15) months of age or older that are registered with the American Kennel Club or that have AKC Limited Registration, Purebred alternative Listing/Indefinite Listing Privileges (PAL/ILP) numbers are eligible to participate.

For the second year in a row, Smooth Fox Terrier High Mtn Brooke to The North RN MX MXJ MJB NF T2B was invited to the 2015 AKC Agility Invitational in Orlando, FL. After 4 clean runs, Brooke placed 20th overall in the 12” jump height division and was ranked #1 in her breed.

At our July 2016 trials the following dogs earned their MACH/PACH:

  • GCH CH MACH Chantryile Gimmers Like Gold VCD1 BN PT MXB MJS XF T2B2 CA CGC Belgiun Tervuren—Gemma owned by Kimberlee Beckmen
  • PNACH Lux PACH German Shepherd—Lux owned by Michaela Krohn
  • MACH Oelamp’s Burning Bright Red MSX JS OF T2B Border Collie—Keegan owned by Shonda Oderkirk


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