The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show 2022 is officially underway, and this year’s competition is already shaping up to be a fantastic show.
Westminster, also known as “America’s Dog Show”, kicked off at the Lyndhurst Estate in Tarrytown, New York on Saturday with the preliminary competition, followed by the highly anticipated Masters Agility Championship final, which aired on FOX on Sunday. .
The dogs competed in two agility preliminary rounds on Friday before the field was whittled down to 50 finalists who battled it out Saturday night for the Masters Agility Championship title. In the end, it was Bee the Shetland Sheepdog who won the title of WKC Masters Agility Champion 2022!
Purebred and All-American (mixed breed) dogs were eligible to compete in the event and were judged on time and completion (minus faults) of the course. Dogs climbed, balanced, jumped, weaved and sprinted over and through a series of obstacles on a course they had never seen before; The handlers and their dogs didn’t get their first glimpse of the course until 45 minutes before the start of 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 communication between dog and handler guiding them through the course.
This year’s 20 obstacles included the fan-favorite swing, tunnels, bar jumps, tire jump and weave poles.
Dogs ranging from a Chihuahua to a German Shepherd competed in the final timed obstacle course, and border collies were the best-represented breed with five finalists. Last year, Verb the Border Collie won it all with a super-fast time of 31.30 seconds without a single fault.
Each year there are five classes which are divided by jump heights in order to make the competition even between the different sizes of dogs. They were:
Class 8″ – dogs up to 11″ at the shoulder
12″ class – dogs over 11″ and up to 14″ at the shoulder
16″ class – dogs over 14″ and up to 18″ at the shoulder
20″ class – dogs over 18″ and up to 22″ at the shoulder
24″ class – dogs over 22″ at the shoulder
First place was the 16″ class, where Bee topped the competition with a winning time of 29.81 seconds.
Bee the Shetland Sheepdog dominates the 16″ class
The last runner in the 16″ class, Bee, wins with a dazzling time of 29.81 seconds. Check out highlights from the 2022 WKC Masters Agility Championship.
Next came the small dogs in the 8″ class, and Lark the Papillon – who won that class last year – topped the leaderboard at 32.63 seconds.
Lark the Papillon wins back-to-back 8″ class titles
Lark wins back-to-back titles in the 8″ class with a time of 32.63. Check out highlights from the 2022 WKC Masters Agility Championship.
The big dogs were next, and Kaboom the Border Collie took first place in the 24″ category with a performance of 31.93 seconds.
Kaboom the Border Collie wins the 24″ class for the third time
Kaboom wins his third overall 24″ class title at the 2022 Westminster Kennel Club Masters Agility Championship with a time of 31.93 seconds.
In the 12-inch class, Bilbo the Butterfly won with an impressive time of 34.39 seconds, blowing away the competition with ease, with the next best time nearly 12 seconds behind.
Bilbo the Butterfly wins the 12″ class title
Bilbo wins the 12″ 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″ class with a time of 31 seconds, narrowly losing the title to Bee by 1.19 seconds.
Truant the Border Collie wins the 20″ class
Truant’s 31-second run seals victory in the 20″ class at the 2022 Westminster Kennel Club Masters Agility Championship.
Brio was also in the 20-inch class, which was crowned this year’s overall All-American (Mixed Race) winner.
With the agility competition on the books, action resumes on Monday with the Masters Obedience Championship and judging of the Hounding and Herding breeds (1-4 p.m. ET, FS2).
Here are some more Sunday highlights.
Before the action, FOX Sports’ Charlotte Wilder gave an exclusive preview of the course.
Charlotte Wilder leads the course for the 2022 Masters Agility Championship
In preparation for the 2022 WKC Masters Agility Championship, Charlotte Wilder of FOX Sports gets the scoop and runs the course herself.
Bee is only the second non-Border Collie to win the Masters Agility Championship title, the only other dog being Holster the Australian Shepherd in 2016, who won with a time of 35.1 seconds.
Bee is also the fourth dog to post a time under 30 seconds en route 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 didn’t come close to winning the 24-inch class, her performance of 55.89 seconds had the crowd rolling at this year’s competition.
Elvira runs casually to become WKC’s new fan favorite
Elvira amuses the crowd as she strolls casually through the agility course and sniffs the weaving poles on her way!
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