16″ AKC Champion Kate Moureaux and Smart Make History with Third Generation Win

Kate Moureaux and Smart photo credit: Great Dane Photos
Kate Moureaux and Smart
photo credit: Great Dane Photos

Kate Moureaux and her border collie Smart made history at the AKC National Agility Championship in Tulsa, Oklahoma two weeks ago when they claimed the 16″ crown. This nationals marks Kate Moureaux’s 18th consecutive appearance in the event; she was just 12 at her first AKC nationals.

Remarkably, border collie Smart is a third generation AKC National Agility Champion, following in the footsteps of her mother Contact Point’s Driven to Win (2008) and grandmother Contact Points Think Quick (2006). Smart, Driven and Quick are all owned, trained and handled by Kate. In addition, Kate is the breeder of Driven and Smart. Smart’s littermate Fireball (Laura Pryse) was the second seed in the 20″ finals in Tulsa, while littermate Kilo (Helen Kurtz) made the 26″ finals.

Kate and Smart entered the finals as the second seed, less than a half second behind top seed Cynthia Hornor and border collie Spice, the defending champion. Spice had already won jumpers and taken third in hybrid, while Smart finished second in standard. In the finals, Smart battled through an early slip and wide turn, capitalizing on her running dogwalk to take over first place with a 34.316 clean run. Spice immediately followed, beginning beautifully but jumping high off the a-frame, giving Smart the championship.

You can follow Kate at her agility website DrivenDogs.com. She also maintains a separate site for her dogs and breeding program at excelbordercollies.com.

Esteban Fernandezlopez

A long time agility competitor and co-creator of Bad Dog Agility, Esteban is serving as the first Editor-in-Chief of Dog Agility NOW.