La Vernia resident Steve Larrison and his Vizla, Vegas, will be among the contenders at the American Kennel Club National Agility Championship Friday through Sunday, March 18-20. The quickest, most agile dogs in the country will be aiming for the title of National Champion, with more than 1,200 competing for the title.
Steve and Vegas, a top agility team, met tough standards to qualify for this competition. During the event, they will run timed agility courses, off leash, striving for a perfect score of 100. Any missed obstacle or other mistakes result in penalty faults, which are deducted from the score.
Agility, AKC’s fastest-growing canine sport, is an activity that provides fun and exercise and strengthens the bond between dog and handler. Dogs demonstrate their agile natures and versatility by following cues from the handler through a timed obstacle course of jumps, tunnels, weave poles, and other objects. This year marks the 20th AKC National Agility Championship and seventh Preferred Agility Championship.