A Border Collie named Tex won the Agility content at Westminster 2015.
The dog jumped, wove and ran his heart out to a win at the Westminster Kennel Club agility contest on Saturday.
The Border Collie outclassed a field of 330 dogs!
Tex at 2013 AKC Nationals
Husky mix Roo! won a separate award for the highest-scoring mixed-breed dog! He has earned this honor two years in a row.
The five-year-old Tex didn’t waste any time at Westminster! The dog powered through the course with barks and squeals to secure his win. Scroll down to see video of Tex in the 2013 AKC Nationals.
“He doesn’t have a foot out of place — he’s amazing,” owner Rose Savkov said afterward. “And he would go in again.”
This was the agility contest’s second year at Westminster. The club allowed 45 percent more competitors than last year and raised standards by requiring more advanced agility titles.
Seventy four breeds and varieties competed, including 15 mixed-breed dogs! Mixed-breeds were admitted for the first time last year.
Competitors ranged from tiny Chihuahuas to big Rottweilers. The herding or sporting groups made up approximated twenty five percent of entrants and included Border Collies and Shetland Sheepdogs. Even lesser-athletic dogs like Pugs and French Bulldogs competed.
Pomeranian, Daisy, owned by Wendy Lu traveled from San Jose, California, “to show the world that these little dogs are athletes, and they can do anything big dogs can do,” Lu said. Daisy made it to the 50-dog final round.
Most entrants were middle-aged or older dogs, ranging from seven years plus. Even a twelve-year-old Chinese Crested senior, Cindy, joined in the fun.
Maltese, Gus, who has multiple championships, celebrated his 10th birthday with a final retirement run.
“He’ll miss the excitement of it,” said owner-handler Maggie Schoolar of Austin, Texas.
“It’s an inter-species communication,” said Dr. Colleen Copelan, who handled her Labrador Retrievers, Maggie and Lacey.
Stanley, a wire Terrier mix made it to the final. The pup soared over jumps as though he’d been born to. He was rescued from a shelter four years ago. Owner Stephanie Thies of Pleasant Ridge, Michigan, said the dog was very nervous then. Teamwork in agility helped him come into his own and now “he’s very confident, very outgoing.”
We found a video of winner Tex in the 2013 AKC Nationals! Watch his amazing Border Collie go! It’s poetry in motion – such athleticism – such symmetry between dog and handler! Tex is owned and handled Rose Savkov of Long Valley, New Jersey. We can’t wait to see his winning round at Westminster!
Article source: New York Times