AKC 2015 Rally National Championship ~ Part I

Saturday, August 01, 2015 12:30 AM | Front & Finish (Administrator)

Written By Dee Dee Anderson

The AKC held its second Rally National Championship on March 13, 2015 at Purina Farms in Gray Summit, MO.  What is the Rally National Championship and how do you qualify for it? The Rally National Championship (RNC) is held once a year and it is my understanding that it will move to various sites around the country.  It is held in conjunction with the National Obedience Championship (NOC).  The current format is that the RNC is held on a Friday and the NOC is held on Saturday and Sunday of that weekend.  The RNC offers four different classes of competition which are all held on the same day. A dog may compete only in one class and must have qualified for that class in the preceding calendar year.  If a dog has qualified in more than one class, the dog must be entered at the highest class in which it qualified.  The four classes are:   Rally Novice (RN), Rally Advanced (RA), Rally Excellent (RE) and Rally Advanced Excellent (RAE).  It is from the RAE class where the champion is crowned and earns the right to add “RNC” in front of the dog’s registered name.  

To qualify in Novice, Advanced and Excellent, you must earn the confirmed title for that class with 3 scores of 90 or higher (100 is a perfect score in Rally) during the qualifying period (December 1st – November 30th).  For the RAE class, you must earn the RAE title any time before the end of the qualifying period.  In addition, you must have earned five double-qualifying scores from Rally Advanced B and Rally Excellent B, plus three scores of 95 or higher during the qualifying period.

 In Novice, Advanced and Excellent, each team was required to compete in 2 rings for a possible score of 200 from the two rings. In the RAE class, each team was required to compete in 4 rings for a possible score of 400.  The four RAE rings consisted of two “Advanced” courses and two “Excellent” courses.  All Rally runs are timed so that in the event of ties, the team with the faster time wins.

At the RNC event, each team was assigned to a specific group and dogs and handlers stayed with that group throughout the competition as you rotated through the rings. There were start times posted for each ring and class which was very helpful – since you knew in advance when and where you needed to be so hopefully you wouldn’t miss your walk through.  For those of us who had more than one dog entered, the AKC staff did a great job in doing everything they could to avoid conflicts, but of course, there were still challenges.  I definitely want to emphasize that you do NOT want to miss your walk through, no matter what!  For me personally, I had two dogs entered -- one at the Novice level and one at the RAE level and I did end up with two conflicts when it came to either walking the course or running my dog. It is my observation that the judges at the RNC were simply terrific, and bent over backwards to accommodate requests so that everyone got the best chance to compete fairly.  

I wasn’t the only exhibitor showing more than one dog, I did place in the top 10 with both my dogs in their classes. Tracy Hendrickson showed four dogs: two in the Advanced class and two in the Excellent class, all four placed in the top 10 of their classes!  Kelsey Corn showed three dogs in the Novice class and all three placed in the top 10! Kelsey missed out on the group picture as she was receiving her ribbons for her other two dog.

For me, I was worn out showing two dogs.  I have no idea how handlers were able to show 3 and 4 dogs and manage the conflicts and ring choreography!  I salute them!

At the RNC, the judges were:

  • Richard  DiMarco
  • Nancy Grimm
  • Cheryl Pratt
  • Sharon Redmer
  • Dr. Pamela Regan
  • Julie Rembrandt Seeley
  • Barb Wedekind Selton

For 2015 RNC, 1600+ dogs qualified for the Novice level with 80 competing. 700+ dogs qualified for the Advanced level with 70 competing.  450+ dogs qualified for the Excellent level with 52 competing and 250 qualified for the RAE level with 115 competing.  The AKC awarded ten placements in each of the four classes.

Pix’n Pages took over 30,000 photos of the RNC and NOC. Providing the group, winning and some action shots for this article. 


Rite Of Honor Vom Kraftwerk BN RN
Owner: Luann Vuckson

Honor is just getting started in rally and obedience competition, earning his RN and BN titles in the fall of 2014.  I entered him in the novice class at the 2015 RNC as a learning opportunity for us both.  For me, it was my first tournament competition.  For Honor, it was a great opportunity to compete in a large venue early in his performance career.  

Our experience at the 2015 RNC was such a thrill!  He gave me 110% focus and effort throughout both rounds of competition that day.  In the first round, he entered the ring with intense focus and maintained it throughout the entire course.  It felt awesome, and I was so excited to learn he had earned a perfect score!  Our second round was in the afternoon.  Again, he gave me excellent focus throughout the course and I felt we had another great run.  I could hardly believe it when I found out he had another perfect score!  Why was this so hard to believe?  Because prior to the RNC, he had not yet earned a perfect score in rally.  I had not even considered the possibility that Honor would win his class at this event!  I am so proud of his performances that day.  The teamwork and precision he demonstrated that day was exceptional – he far exceeded my expectations.  I am so thankful to have this amazing dog in my life, and for all he has and will continue to teach me as we continue on this journey of training and competition.          

Complete results can be found here: http://www.akc.org/events/rally/national/past-events/

Note: placement score/time to complete all courses

Rally Novice Results

1st Place - 200.0/163.8 Rite Of Honor Vom Kraftwerk BN RN (German Shepherd Dog) Owners: Luann Vuckson Handler: Luann Vuckson
2nd Place - 199.0/177.5 Sunfire's Md Cotton Thunderbird CD BN RN (Labrador Retriever) Owners: Anita Eisthen/Robert Eisthen Handler: Anita Eisthen
3rd Place - 198.0/142.1 Mirasol Westmarch Beeyond This Momint BN RN CGC (Golden Retriever) Owners: Paula B. Ellis/Judy Super Handler: Paula B. Ellis
4th Place - 197.0/160.6 Roughstock Chillin' It At Checkitout CD RN (Border Collie) Owners: Kelsey Corn Handler: Kelsey Corn
5th Place - 196.0/159.4  DD's Dancing In The Moonlight RN TDX (Golden Retriever) Owners: Dee Dee Anderson/Billy Anderson Handler: Dee Dee Anderson
6th Place – 196.0/172.4 Checkitout Dirt Road Reckoning RN (Papillon) Owners: Kelsey A. Corn/Karyn L. Corn Handler: Kelsey A. Corn
7th Place – Place - 196.0/186.7 OTCH PACH Himark's Gracey Chasing Abbie's Dream UDX4 OM7 BN PCD GN GO VER RN AX AXJ MXP4 MXPB MJP5 MJPS PAX NF CGC (Shetland Sheepdog) Owners: Leigh Anne Baughey Handler: Leigh Anne Baughey
8th Place – 195.0/167.8  Polesitter's Walk This Way BN RN NA NAJ (English Springer Spaniel) Owners: Emily Falterman/Mike Bockhorn Handler: Emily Falterman
9th Place - 195.0/184.9  CH Rockcreek Ewe Make Me Itch CDX RN (Border Collie) Owners: Kelsey Corn/Bradley Corn Handler: Kelsey Corn
10th Place - 194.0/151.9 Goldenvintagetapestry Shamrocknroll RN CGC (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel) Owners: Kathleen M. Galotti/Kimmie Galotti Handler: Kathleen M. Galotti

First Place Rally Advanced

Sunchase's Simply Lightning Strikes Twice UDX RA MX MXJ NF CA CGCA
Owner: Tracy Hendrickson & Rhoda Brouillette

Ravynne is a multiple all breed High In Trial obedience Boxer. She is a true all around working dog with advanced agility, herding, lure coursing and rally obedience titles.  This past March, she competed in the AKC Rally Nationals and won the Advanced class.  In the 2014 RNC, competing in Novice, she earned 2 perfect scores, tied for first, but placed 3rd on time.  This year she was American Boxer Club National’s High Combined winner in Rally and Top Obedience Boxer of the Year.   As a "blood donor hero", she has saved many fellow canine’s lives, including Garth Brooks dog during an emergency surgery. She leads the pack as a 6th generation Sunchase Boxer’s team member, and has always been ranked in the top competing obedience Boxers.

Rally Advanced Results

1st Place - 199.0/196.7  Sunchase's Simply Lightning Strikes Twice UDX RA MX MXJ NF CA CGCA (Boxer) Owners: Tracy Hendrickson/Rhoda Brouillette Handler:
2nd Place -  198.0/186.8 Scocars An Olympic Story RA (Rottweiler) Owners: Carmen Hurley/Scott Hurley Handler: Carmen Hurley
3rd Place - 197.0/199.3 Emerald Wolf Ava Crowder BN RA (All American Dog) Owners: Brenda Lynn Wendt Handler: Brenda Wendt
4th Place - 197.0/200.2 OTCH MACH Becksgold Jumping For Joy VCD2 UDX4 OM7 RA MXS MJS (Golden Retriever) Owners: Lynn K. Bauer Handler: Lynn K. Bauer
5th Place - 196.0/181.7 Jusdandy Diamonds And Denim UD RE HSAds HIAd AX AXJ OF (Shetland Sheepdog) Owners: Janice A Miller/Michael G Miller Handler: Janice A Miller
6th Place - 196.0/211.8 Sunchase's Simply Can Can Can Can UD RA AX AXJ NF CA CGCA (Boxer) Owners: Tracy Hendrickson/Rhoda Brouilette Handler: Tracy Hendrickson
7th Place - 195.0/171.7 Sugarland's Pretty Little Souped Up 4wd CD RA (Border Collie) Owners: Rochelle Fugate Handler: Rochelle Fugate
8th  Place - 194.0/220.9 Gann's Shamus RE (Border Collie) Owners: Rick Gann/Suzie Gann Handler: Suzie Gann
 9th Place - 194.0/239.2  Sundridge's Silver Bullet CD BN RA (Greyhound) Owners: Barbara Redecker Handler: Barbara Redecker
10th Place - 192.0/189.0  Rhumbline's Count Zorro Seal The Deal CD BN RA (Labrador Retriever) 10th 189.0 Owners: Robert Fullum Handler: Robert Fullum

First Place Rally Excellent

Duq'wood's Brand New Start BN GO RE NJP
Gail Brown

Brandy came to me as a unwanted 7 mo. old Belgian Tervuren puppy through Belgian Tervuren Rescue to my house, not even having a name that she recognized much less anything that resembled socialization or training.  But there was something about her that just shouted potential and I was eager to try to find & develop it.  

Rally is a great place to start & she took to it easily…moving quickly through the levels till she finished the RE.  Because she had multiple 100 pt. scores, a friend suggested (dared me) that I enter the 2015 Rally Nationals.  So, at the last minute, I did just that.

I knew that Brandy knew her job and my biggest fear was that I might let her down by making a "stupid" handler error.  The hardest thing for me on the day of the competition, was not letting her realize that I was really a nervous wreck.  I must have hidden it well enough since we ended up winning the Excellent class with 199 pts out of 200 pts.  Although everyone kept telling me that I had won, I didn't really believe it until my name was actually called during the presentation...THEN it was real.   What a thrill.

Rally Excellent Results

1st Place - 199.0/187.8  Duq'wood's Brand New Start BN GO RE NJP (Belgian Tervuren) Owners: Gail Brown Handler: Gail Brown
2nd Place  - 198.0/200.2 CH Overo Chamber Of Secrets CDX BN RE PT MX AXJ AXP AJP XF (Pembroke Welsh Crgi) Owners: Laura Gummelt/Jaime Bragg Handler: Laura Gummelt
3rd Place - 197.0/165.3 CH Docmar Watch For Fowl Weather CDX RE JH (Golden Retriever) Owners: Marsha Fuzia/Jane Docter Handler: Marsha Fuzia
4th Place - 197.0/177.8  Mcmatt's I Spy 4u @ Graffiti CD RE HSAds OA AXJ NF (Australian Shepherd) Owners: Diane L Bettis/Mark H Bettis Handler: Diane L Bettis
5th Place - 197.0/186.3  Sunchases Running The Red UD BN RE AX AXJ NF CA CGCA (Boxer) Owners: Tracy Hendrickson/Rhoda Goselin-Brouillette Handler: Tracy Hendrickson
6th Place - 195.0/199.5  Sunchases Little Pink Ribbon CDX BN RE AX AXJ NF CA CGCA (Boxer) Owners: Tracy Hendrickson/Rhoda Goselin-Brouillette Handler: Tracy Hendrickson
7th Place - 195.0/200.4  Sparky's Hot Dogs & Bean BN PCD RE AX AXJ (Dalmatian) Owners: Diane Sparks Handler: Diane Sparks
8th Place - 194.0/181.7  Renejade Velocity Vendetta RE MX MXJ XF (Doberman Pinscher) Owners: Mary Swindell/James Swindell Handler: Mary Swindell
9th Place - 192.0/186.8  RINGEAUX AROUND THE BAYOU RE CGCA (English Springer Spaniel) Owners: Robert M. Carver Handler: Robert M. Carver
10th Place - 191.0/194.8  Treesong's Moonlit Serenade RE (Australian Shepherd) Owners: Cathy Haverdink Handler: Cathy Haverdink

Rally Advanced Excellent Results

1st  Place -  400.0/323.7 OTCH DD's Slice Of Pie VCD3 UDX2 OM5 RAE TDX JH AJP NFP (Golden Retriever) Owners: Dee Dee Anderson/Billy Anderson Handler: Dee Dee Anderson
2nd Place -  398.0/366.8  CH Brackenhill Priori Incantatem UDX2 OM3 GN RAE PT AX AXJ XF (Border Collie) Owners: Linda S Brennan Handler: Linda S Brennan
3rd Place  - 398.0/368.8 Gaylan's Earth, Wind And Fire UD GN RAE SH (Golden Retriever) Owners: Laura Higdon Handler: Laura Higdon
4th Place - 398.0/402.3 Blue Heavens Moonlight Ramble UD RAE MX MXB MXJ MJB (Shetland Sheepdog) Owners: Carolyn S Blasingame/Nancy A Curtis Handler: Nancy A Curtis
5th Place -  397.0/342.7 OTCH Clitheroe R Commander N Chief UDX5 OM7 VER RAE16 (Golden Retriever) Owners: Charles P. MacMillan/Joan M MacMillan Handler: Charles P. MacMillan
 6th Place - 397.0/373.8  Medendorps Hoodoo By Barribeau CD RAE NA OAJ NF CAA (All American Dog) Owners: Billie Medendorp Handler: Billie Medendorp
7th Place - 397.0/394.7  RNC Hamilton's Mystic Lord Of The Dance CD BN GN PCDX RAE4 AX AXJ NAP MXF CGCA (Border Collie) Owners: Lucy McCloskey Handler: Lucy McCloskey
8th Place - 396.0/378.6 Sly Z Eurosportu CD BN PCDX RAE3 AX AXJ OF (German Shepherd Dog) Owners: Kimberly Thomas Handler: Kimberly Thomas
9th Place - 396.0/383.7 Cosada's Gambling Man CDX BN GN GO RAE (Border Collie) Owners: Darrell Cormier/Sandy Cormier Handler: Darrell Cormier
10th Place - 395.0/338.9 GCH CH OTCH Holther's Racin' Bye Ewe OM1 BN RAE PT OA OAJ (Border Collie) Owners: Lara Avery Handler: Lara Avery

Continued ~ Please See The Road to the Rally National Championship ~ Sliver’s Story

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