IN Dog show at Westminster Kennel Club 2022 is officially underway and this year’s competition is already emerging as a fantastic show.
Westminster, also known as the “America’s Dog Show”, kicked off at Lyndhurst Estate in Taritown, New York on Saturday with the preliminary race, followed by the long-awaited Masters Agility Championship finals, which aired on Sunday on FOX.
The dogs competed in two rounds of agility preliminary teams on Friday before the field was narrowed to 50 finalists vying for the Masters Agility title on Saturday night. In the end, Shetland Sheepdog Bee took the title of WKC Masters Agility Champion for 2022!
Purebred and all American (mixed breeds) dogs were eligible to compete in the race and were judged on time and completion (minus errors) on the track. The dogs climbed, balanced, jumped, weaved, and sprinted through a series of obstacles along a route they had never seen before; Henders and their dogs did not see the field for the first time until 45 minutes before the event.
Although the equipment is the same every year, the layout of the course is different for each dog show, so success depends on the communication between the dog and his guide to guide them through the course.
This year’s 20 hurdles included a swing, tunnels, barbell jumps, tire jumps and fans’ favorite knitted sticks.
Dogs ranging from Chihuahuas to German Shepherds have been competing for obstacles lately, and Border Collies were the most popular breed with five finalists. Last year, Verb the Border Collie won it all flash time of 31.30 seconds without a single mistake.
Each year there are five classes that are divided by the height of the jump to make the competition equal between different sizes of dogs. They were:
8 “class – dogs up to 11” on the shoulder
Class 12 “- dogs over 11” and up to 14 “on the shoulder
16 “class – dogs over 14” and up to 18 “on the shoulder
Class 20 “- dogs over 18” and up to 22 “on the shoulder
Class 24 “- dogs over 22” on the shoulder
In first place was the 16 “class, where Bee dominated the race with a winning time of 29.81 seconds.
The Shetland Sheep bee dominates the 16-inch class
The last runner in the 16 “class, Bee, won with a dazzling time of 29.81 seconds. Check out the highlights of the WKC Masters 2022 Agility Championship.
Next were the little dogs in the 8-inch class, and Lark Papillon, who won that class last year, topped the list with 32.63 seconds.
Lark the Papillon won consecutive 8 “class titles
Lark won consecutive titles in the 8-inch class with a time of 32.63. Check out the highlights of the WKC Masters Agility Championship 2022.
Next were the big dogs, and the Kaboom border collie took first place in the 24 “class with a performance of 31.93 seconds.
Border Collie Kaboom wins Class 24 “for the third time
Kaboom won its third overall title in the 24 “class at the Westminster Kennel Club Masters Agility Championship in 2022 with a time of 31.93 seconds.
In the 12-inch class, Bilbo Papillon won with an impressive time of 34.39 seconds, easily destroying the competition, as the next best time was nearly 12 seconds behind.
Bilbo Papillon won the 12 “class title
Bilbo won the 12-inch class at the 2022 Westminster Kennel Club Masters Agility Championship with a time of 34.93 seconds.
Last but not least, it was Truant the Border Collie, who won the 20-inch class with a time of 31 seconds, simply losing the Bee title by 1.19 seconds.
Border Collie Truant wins a 20-inch class
Truant’s 31-second run seals victory in the 20-inch class at the 2022 Westminster Kennel Club Masters Agility Championship.
Also in Class 20 “was Brio, who was crowned this year’s overall winner in the All-American (mixed breeds).
With the Agility in Books competition, the action will start again on Monday with the Masters Obedience Championship and the Chase and Shepherd Jury Jury (1-4 pm ET, FS2).
Here are some more highlights from Sunday.
Before the action, Charlotte Wilder of FOX Sports gave an exclusive first-hand look at the course.
Charlotte Wilder is leading a course at the 2022 Masters Agility Championship
In preparation for the 2022 WKC Masters Agility Championship, Charlotte Wilder of FOX Sports received information and walked the track alone.
Bee is only the second non-border car to win the Masters Agility Championship title, with the only other dog being the Australian Shepherd Holster in 2016, who won with a time of 35.1 seconds.
Bee is also the fourth dog to post less than 30 seconds on the road to winning the title, joining Border Collies Kelso (28.44 seconds in 2014), Fame (29.53 seconds in 2018) and P! Nk (29.35 seconds in 2020).
Although Elvira the Bracco Italiani did not come close to winning the 24-inch class, her 55.89-second performance shook the audience at this year’s competition.
Elvira runs carelessly to become a new favorite of WKC fans
Elvira entertains the crowd as she casually walks around the rink and sniffs the weavers on her way!
Get more from Westminster Kennel Club Follow your favorites to get information about games, news and more.