Westminster Dog Show 2022: Agility winner is busy Bee the Shetland Sheepdog. Watch her go!


A Shetland Sheepdog named Bee went bzz bzz bzz through the obstacle course, dodging weaving poles, over obstacles, dashing through a tunnel and jumping straight into the arms of Jennifer Crank to win the 2022 Westminster Masters Agility Championship .

Bee, who was buzzing with his victory with a spirited bark, managed to complete the agility course in just 29.81 seconds at the 146th Westminster Kennel Club dog show (see video below).

The dog won the 16-inch class before becoming the Queen Bee – the overall agility champion.

It was a comeback win for Crank, of Pickerington, Ohio. The dog handler, who runs IncrediPAWS Dog Training in Pataskala, Ohio has already won the Westminster Agility Championship with his border collie P!nk in 2020.

There was another repetition of Westminster regarding time and place. For the second year in a row, the Westminster Kennel Club dog show has been postponed, moving from winter to June and from Manhattan to large tents at the Westchester County estate due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The agility trial, Westminster’s first event of the week, took place on the grounds of the Lyndhurst Estate in Tarrytown, New York, on Saturday and aired on Fox on Sunday. The multi-day Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show concludes on Wednesday June 22 with Best in Show nominations. More than 160 dogs from New Jersey are expected.

Agility dogs compete in five jump height classes at Westminster: 8 inch, 12 inch, 16 inch, 20 inch and 24 inch.

Several have been repeat winners, such as the return of the 2021 class champion Lark, a butterfly run by Betsey Lynch of Delaware, Ohio, who won the 8 inch category for the second consecutive year, this time with the fastest time of 32.63 seconds.

Kaboom, a 9 year old border collie of Bedford, New Hampshire, who won the 24-inch class in 2017, 2018 and 2020, finished the course in 31.93 seconds for to win this title a fourth time with handler Amber McCune.

border collie won the agility competition Seven of the nine years agility is part of Westminster. In 2018, a Jersey border collie named Fame (US) managed by Jessica Ajoux of Sparta became the top dog. Last year, a border collie from Pennsylvania named Verb won the competition for the second time after his first triumph in 2019.

Another one border collie, truancyhandled by Cynthia Hornor of Ellicott City, Maryland, arrived at the finish line earlier than most for win the 20 inch class in just 31 seconds this year.

Bilboa butterfly handled by Britney Imhof of Roseland, Virginia, won the 12 inch category with 34.39 seconds.

from Virginia Brilliantan all-American dog – what Westminster calls mixed-breed dogs – who competed with handler Ali Park, was named american agility champion after completing the course in 33.69 seconds. Agility is one of two Westminster events that allow mixed-breed dogs – the other is obedience.

Not all dogs were so fast.

Elvira, a long-legged Italian shorthaired pointeror Italian pointer, from North Stonington, Connecticut, may have been a first for her breed to make it this far in agility competition, but she hasn’t become a fan favorite for her running speed.

Completing the course with handler Debra Pereira in 46.9 seconds, Elvira, a female dog in the 24-inch class, took the time to smell the flowers, so to speak — from sniff almost every weaving poleto overcome each obstacle with care and regularity at his own pace.

That beat may not have put her in contention for a title, but she received her share of applause nonetheless.

The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show 2022 continue with obedience trials, breed judging and group judging Monday June 20, Tuesday June 21 and Wednesday June 22. Best of Show will be appointed on June 22. See our watch guide and full schedule.

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Amy Kuperinsky can be reached at [email protected] and followed at @AmyKup on Twitter.


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